Things To Do In Ventura

Round of Golf for One with Cart Rental, Range Balls, and Beer at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa (Up to 52% Off)

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

Ojai

$186 $89

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Acclaimed course has hosted Senior PGA Tour events and rounds for celebrities such as Will Smith and Bob Hope

$29 for a Visit with Beer for Two to the California Blues and BBQ Festival on September 21 ($72 Value)

California Beer Bestival

Mission Park

$72 $29

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Savory barbecue prepared by talented competitors and craft brews are available for purchase

Standup for Two or Four at Ventura Harbor Comedy Club (Up to 75% Off)

Ventura Harbor Comedy Club

Ventura Harbor Comedy Club

$30 $15

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Comics from national TV and the club circuit deliver sidesplitting standup at a club owned by two veteran comedians

Weekend Pass to Central Coast Comic Con for One or Two from WTF Events on September 12–14 (Up to 39% Off)

WTF Events

Ventura County Fairgrounds

$40 $25

Celebrities from the comic-book, horror, and sci-fi universes converge for panels and autographs as fans enjoy gaming and cosplay

Malibu Kayaking Trip for Two or Four from 4Points Expeditions (Up to 64% Off)

4Points Expeditions

San Buenaventura (Ventura)

$300 $119

Kayaking trips include a guide, all equipment, and basic instruction before groups take in Malibu's scenic coastline

Three Pop-In Playtime or Family Fun Night Bounce-House Admissions at Pump It Up (52% Off)

Pump It Up

Ventura

$27 $13

Lauded by Parents magazine, center's giant, soft inflatables beckon shoeless kids to romp freely during pop-in and evening admissions

One Month of Kids' KinderGym Classes with Optional Kids' Night Out at Gold Coast Gymnastics (Up to 55% Off)

Gold Coast Gymnastics

San Buenaventura (Ventura)

$85 $39

Kids aged 3-4.5 learn to move on age-appropriate gymnastics apparatuses, such as balance beams

Miniature Golf, Arcade Tokens, Popcorn, and Sodas for Two or Four People at Golf N Stuff (40% Off)

Golf N Stuff

San Buenaventura (Ventura)

$30 $18

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Play one of two miniature golf courses before hitting the arcade, home to more than 100 games

Fifteen Boot Camp Classes or One Month of Unlimited Boot Camp Classes at Seaside Outdoor Fitness (Up to 80% Off)

Seaside Outdoor Fitness

San Buenaventura (Ventura)

$195 $39

60-minute outdoor fitness boot camps tone muscles and torch fat with methods including HIIT, power-cardio and resistance training

$59 for One-Month Children's Gymnastics Package at Delano Athletica ($120 Value)

Delano Athletica

San Buenaventura (Ventura)

$120 $59

One-month membership introduces youngsters to the basics of gymnastics and allows free time to explore the facility during open gyms

10 or 20 Group Fitness or Yoga Classes at The Studio (61% Off)

The Studio

Ventura

$100 $39

Sessions range from yoga and Zumba to boot camp and Cardio Core Express—a class designed to fit into a lunch hour

Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Wine to Take Home at Casa Barranca Winery Tasting Room (Up to 54% Off)

Casa Barranca Winery Tasting Room

Ojai

$70 $35

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Flight of Old World–style wines made from organic grapes served in remodeled tasting room adorned with murals of the local wine region

$50 for $100 Groupon — Flex Fitness

Flex Fitness

San Buenaventura (Ventura)

$100 $50

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$63 for $125 Worth of One Month of Group Training Classes — VCF3 Personal and Cross Training Gym

VCF3 Personal & Cross Training Gym

San Buenaventura (Ventura)

$125 $63

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$15 for $30 Worth of Music Lessons — Mountain Dog Musicworks Recording Studio

Mountain Dog Musicworks

Oak View

$30 $15

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Panaro Brothers Winery (50% Off)

Panaro Brothers Winery

San Buenaventura (Ventura)

$54 $27

Panaro family, now in fifth generation of winemaking, draws on rich history as they transform grapes into single-varietal and blended wines

Wine Flight with Cheese Plate or Sandwich and Glass of Wine for Two or Four at Gone West Cellars (Half Off)

Gone West Cellars

San Buenaventura (Ventura)

$48 $24

Guests sample wines from Ventura County and the surrounding area; bar boasts friendly communal tables and Western flair

Dance-Lessons Package for an Individual or Couple (Up to 59% Off). Two Options Available.

Arthur Murray Dance Studio

San Buenaventura (Ventura)

$150 $65

Trained and certified dance instructors guide students through styles such as the cha-cha, waltz, or jitterbug in private and group lessons

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Instructors at Paragon Jiu Jitsu & Kickboxing channel personal sparring experience into Brazilian jiujitsu, kickboxing, and boxing classes. Jiujitsu classes ease exercisers into fitness and the ability to physically overpower unmanned fire-hydrant hoses with beginner, intermediate, and advanced tiers of Greco-Roman wrestling, judo, and submission wrestling maneuvers. Fists slam heavy bags and feet pummel targets in kickboxing, which fuses Western-style boxing and muay thai kickboxing for a blood-pumping workout that, when combined with jiujitsu, makes for an MMA-medal-winning brew. Tiny tendons spring into action in kids' classes and MMA summer camps, arming tykes with self-confidence and the ability to quickly take down invisible frenemies.

83 S Palm St
Ventura,
CA
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The Vita Art Center engages children, teens, and adults in creative expression with visual arts classes and monthly exhibits at their gallery. Capping head counts at 10 students or fewer, instructors work to keep classes welcoming for both beginning artists and those who have already painted a replica of the Sistine Chapel on their living-room ceiling. Young fingers pinch and coil clay and daub acrylic paints, and adolescents delve into more complex skills such as collage-making and printmaking. Adults may twist copper wire into handmade jewelry or learn how to enliven tax returns with stippling, cross-hatching, and other drawing techniques.

432 North Ventura Avenue
Ventura,
CA
US

The sound of crashing pins draws equally loud cheers from players at Ventura Bowling Center as their progress is tallied via an automatic scoring system. Arcade games and dartboards entice them to take a break from alleyways, while hunger draws them toward the snack bar. Meanwhile, a full onsite bar supplies players with enough bubbly soda and ice-cold beer to celebrate a big win or an impressive moonwalk made possible by a pair of smooth-soled bowling shoes.

1888 E Thompson Blvd
Ventura,
CA
US

Until 1970, Doug Warbrick and Brian Singer ran one of hundreds of Australian surf shops vying for attention in a highly competitive market. Both avid surfers, they realized that too many companies supplied boards while too few manufactured wetsuits. So they bought a small house and a pre-World War II sewing machine, then cut up rubber from the floor to weave into prototype designs that they test-piloted themselves. Rip Curl was founded on the principles that, "Rip Curl is a company for, and about, the Crew on The Search." The company bases its foundation on the guiding concepts that the products they make, the events they run, the riders they support and "the people they reach globally are all part of the Search that Rip Curl is on" .

Now made with the duo's own Elastomax and SlickSkin technology, the wetsuits are one of many Rip Curl items designed and distributed in more than 60 countries around the world. Though products such as handcrafted custom boards and tide-tracking wristwatches retain the company's ties to surfing, the business has since expanded to gear and accessories for boardsports that include snow, skate, and wake. Rip Curl also continues to foster the boardsport community with Rip Curl Pro competitions throughout the globe and sponsored teams of top surfing, snowboarding, and wakeboarding athletes.

227 South California Street
Ventura,
California
US

The Range
  • 55-foot indoor pistol and rifle range
  • 12 bays
  • Fully automatic target retrieval system operated with a toggle switch

The Rentals
  • 9mm, 12 gauge, and .45 ACP firearms from manufacturers such as Smith & Wesson, Glock, and Sig Sauer

At a Glance

When it's not being used as a member's lounge due to its flashy flat-screen TVs and comfy chairs, Island View Enterprises' classroom accommodates beginners and amateurs looking to enrich their shooting prowess and firearm safety skills. During classes, expert instructors imbue pupils with gun maintenance knowledge and basic and intermediate shooting techniques, which they can then practice at Island View Enterprise's 55-foot indoor range. They also entice guests to become regulars with range memberships that grant free all-day passes, gun rentals, and lane reservation privileges, as well as a newly remodeled pro-shop that stays stocked with new and used brand-name firearms, as well as ammo, cleaning supplies, and strangely, baseballs signed by pro-golfers.

2359 Knoll Dr
Ventura,
CA
US

Stan "The Man" Nicolaides first heard the siren song of the kitchen at his grandmother's table, which hoisted mountains of homemade moussaka and moist, juicy gyros. While his grandmother's Greek cuisine remains the closest food to his heart, Nicolaides also expertly serves up menus consisting of Caribbean fare such as andouille sausage in orange marmalade, urbane American dishes such as shrimp cocktails and crab cakes, and Old-World Italian pastas such as hand-folded mushroom tortellini. Beyond his own restaurant, Greek House Cafe, he's worked at the Four Seasons Biltmore, taught at Roblar Winery, and recipized raw ingredients alongside such celebrity chefs as Julia Child, Jacques Pépen, and David Hasselhoff's talking microwave from Knight Rider.

1401 Tower Square
Ventura,
CA
US