Rich in history and graced with beautiful beaches, Oxnard, California is a great place to live. There are plenty of things to do in Oxnard that are ideal for local residents who have some free time and want to spend it in their hometown. Oxnard offers everything from wine tasting to whale watching, and it is full of interesting museums.

Channel Islands whale watching cruises are a special way for families to enjoy marine wildlife in its native habitat. The cruises last about three hours, and participants get to see the grey whales, humpback whales, sea lions and dolphins that are native to the waters off the coast of Oxnard. Boat trip lovers can also sail 11 miles offshore to the Channel Islands National Park, where unspoiled natural beauty awaits them along with places to enjoy kayaking, snorkeling, hiking and other activities in this unique atmosphere.

Onshore, wine enthusiasts can experience a wine tasting tour of the Herzog Wine Cellars. This major producer of kosher wines also has a first class restaurant that wine and food lovers of all origins enjoy along with the tour of the winery. Another choice for wine lovers who live in or are visiting Oxnard is the tasting room at Rancho Ventavo Cellars. After visiting this tasting room,  enjoy a delicious Italian meal at the restaurant next door.

Fans of museums have many choices in Oxnard. The Murphy Auto Museum is one of the major Oxnard attractions, as it is full of unique 1920s and 1930s handcrafted French and Italian cars, few of which remain outside of this museum. It also features model trains. Families with children who have several years to go before they can even think of getting drivers licenses enjoy visiting the Gull Wings Children's Museum. This museum is interactive, and its exhibits include a rock wall for little ones to climb as well as a dual model train layout.

Oxnard offers many options for people who want to explore the city and enjoy both outdoor and indoor activities.

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