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Experience Ventura: Fun date ideas in the charming beach city

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We love supporting local business and organizations at Ventura Wedding, so here’s some ideas for a fun date to experience all that the city of Ventura has to offer.

For our adventurous couples who like to take it all in, we suggest a foot and bicycle tour of this charming beach city. Pick a sunny weekend (they are plentiful in Ventura) and head for the Ventura State Beach Picnic and Camping area at 911 San Pedro St, Ventura, CA 93001 ($10 to park all day) with a couple of cold beers or a chilled bottle of wine and enjoy a seafood lunch at the Jolly Oyster (Open Friday-Sunday 11am-7pm). A laid back Ventura beach atmosphere awaits you at the Shuck Shack picnic area with plenty of benches and umbrellas to share some fresh oysters (cooked food is also available, or you could always grill your own!), great conversation, and special time with your sweetheart. A Wheel Fun Bike Rental kiosk is located on site with another one located a nice walking distance down the bike path towards the pier (850 Harbor Blvd., Ventura, CA 93001 Open June 13th - Labor Day* 7 Days a Week 9 am – Sunset). 

Why not rent a bicycle built for romance; tandems are $15 per hour, $30 for a half day, and $35 for all day; to explore Downtown or continue down the bike path past the pier all the way to Surfer’s Point and the Ventura River Estuary then cross the bridge and loop around to Main Street for the shops, museums, and more restaurants.      

Some of our favorite stops downtown are the Ventura Mission (211 E. Main St., Ventura, CA 93001 open Friday 7-5, Saturday 7-8:30 and Sunday 7-5); the peaceful garden nursery, Modern Oasis Garden & Patio (33 South Palm Street
Ventura, CA 93001); Paradise Pantry (222 E. Main Street--great wine & eats!); Palermo Coffee, Gelato & Gifts (321 E Main St Ventura CA Friday-Saturday 6am-10pm & Sunday 7-7), and Spicetopia (576 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001 open daily 11-6 sample local eats & treats). Have fun and be sure to double-check the hours of operation before embarking on your romantic journey!


Do you have any great Ventura experiences to share? Please do in the comments below!

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