Ojai Olive Oil Company

Just a short drive from Ventura in charming downtown Ojai lies a tasting room that will delight all your senses. The Ojai Olive Oil Company has been producing small-batch olive oils and vinegars using traditional stone-wheel pressing methods since 1995. At their tasting room and store, you can sample over 40 varieties of olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars. Favorites include the bold Picual and fruity Mission olive oils and 12- and 25-year aged balsamic options. Don’t miss the renowned blood orange vinegar either – it adds amazing sweetness to salads and cocktails. After tasting, browse the store’s olive oils, vinegars, gourmet salts, tapenades, honey, and skin care products. Everything is made in-house using high-quality regional ingredients. You can even customize your own blends! Gift crates make perfect souvenirs from this Ventura hidden gem. To get there from Ventura, we recommend booking a charter bus so your entire group can sample olive oils together without a distracting drive. The Charter Buses Ventura team will drop you off right at the front door!

Ojai Olive Oil Company 633 E Ojai Ave, Ojai, CA 93023 (805) 640-1300

Ventura Harbor Village

Ventura may be known for its gorgeous beaches, but the city also boasts a beautiful harbor that’s often overlooked. Ventura Harbor Village is home to a laidback marina scene with oceanfront dining, coastal shops, entertainment, and more – all with gorgeous harbor views. Stroll the waterfront promenade and soak in the sights of sailboats bobbing in Ventura Harbor. Browse the boutiques and souvenir stores lining the boardwalk. Then grab a window table at one of the village’s seaside restaurants for fresh seafood and coastal cuisine. Can’t get enough waterfront views? Hop aboard a harbor cruise or fishing trip departing right from Ventura Harbor Village. You can also rent stand up paddleboards, kayaks and pedal boats if you prefer a hands-on approach. Back on land, kids will love the arcade and carousel. Experience this underrated part of Ventura with a quick charter bus ride from downtown. Charter Buses Ventura will get your group there in comfort while a professional driver handles parking and traffic.

Ventura Harbor Village 1583 Spinnaker Dr, Ventura, CA 93001 (805) 477-0470

Santa Paula Art Museum

In a charming 1920s-era building in downtown Santa Paula, you’ll find one of Ventura County’s best kept secrets for the arts. The Santa Paula Art Museum showcases beautiful exhibits by California artists from Ventura County and beyond. The intimate museum beautifully curates rotating exhibits in their three galleries. Contemporary landscape paintings and photos capture the region’s natural beauty. Life in early 20th century California comes alive through historical exhibits. Don’t miss seeing the museum’s vintage toy collection on display as well! Outside the galleries, stroll through the museum’s delightful sculpture garden. Visitors also enjoy the on-site mural celebrating Santa Paula’s history and 1800s architecture. After visiting the museum, explore more of downtown Santa Paula with its antique shops, cafes, and historic buildings. Bring your group to this Ventura County gem with a quick yet comfortable charter bus ride from Ventura. You’ll avoid the stress of driving there yourself so you can focus on the art!

Santa Paula Art Museum 117 North 10th Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060 (805) 525-5554

California Oil Museum

Ventura County has an impressive history as a major oil-producing region in California. And the California Oil Museum in Santa Paula tells this unique story in a captivating way. Outside, stroll through the museum’s vintage equipment yard to see massive steel oil rigs and drilling derricks up close. Inside, interactive exhibits take you through every step of oil production. Feel what it was like to work roughnecks on the floor of an oil rig. See models demonstrating how oil is formed millions of years ago. Learn how oil was extracted in the area as far back as the 1860s. Don’t miss the museum’s impressive collection of vintage gas station pumps and classic cars. Many artifacts are from Union Oil Company and Shell Oil Company, which both had major operations in Ventura County. Kids love getting behind the wheel of the classic cars! Bring your group to learn about Ventura County’s surprising oil history with a comfortable charter bus ride from Ventura. Your professional driver will get your group there right on time while you sit back and relax.

California Oil Museum 1001 E Main St, Santa Paula, CA 93060 (805) 933-0076

San Buenaventura City Hall

In downtown Ventura, discover a beautiful and overlooked Spanish Colonial Revival building – San Buenaventura City Hall. Built in 1937, the brightly-tiled building with archways and towers resembles California’s historic Spanish missions. Inside the lobby, take in intricate tile work and striking 1930s era murals portraying Ventura’s history. Vintage painted tiles also decorate the outside facade. And don’t miss strolling through the serene courtyard in back – it feels like a secret garden! Free guided tours are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays with advanced reservation if you want to learn more about the architecture and murals. If you visit on your own, grab a self-guided tour pamphlet to get the most out of your visit. This downtown architectural gem is just a short charter bus ride away for your Ventura group. Let Charter Buses Ventura handle parking and driving so you can explore Ventura’s historic heart.

San Buenaventura City Hall 501 Poli St, Ventura, CA 93001 (805) 658-4787

Ventura Botanical Gardens

In the hills north of Ventura lies a stunning 107-acre botanical escape. Ventura Botanical Gardens features curated gardens, nature paths, and breathtaking vistas of the Pacific Coast. Explore fragrant medicinal and herbal gardens like those used by the native Chumash people. Relax under shade trees in the Mediterranean Garden. Let kids run free in the Children’s Garden. Or simply wander miles of trails taking in beautiful valley and ocean panoramas. The Gardens stay open until sunset so you can admire the landscapes during Ventura’s famous golden hour. Benches are scattered throughout for quiet spots to rest and reflect surrounded by nature’s beauty. Photography enthusiasts will love this Instagrammable paradise! Sit back and unwind on the 20-minute charter bus ride from Ventura up to this peaceful hillside retreat. The Gardens even offer charter bus parking just for groups like yours!

Ventura Botanical Gardens 6710 Foothill Rd, Ventura, CA 93001 (805) 653-2260

Bella Maggiore Inn

In downtown Ventura, discover the beautifully-preserved Bella Maggiore Inn bed and breakfast. Built by Italian immigrants in the 1920s, the Mediterranean-style inn charms guests with its romantic old world charm. Stroll through the peaceful courtyard with lively koi ponds and blooming gardens. Relax under rose-covered arches, palm trees, and a 300-year old olive tree. Have a soak in the outdoor clawfoot tub or curl up with a book by the fireplace in the library.

Ventura River Trail

Enjoy nature right in the heart of Ventura along the scenic Ventura River Trail. Winding along the Ventura River, this flat paved trail stretches over 5 miles one-way. Walk, jog, bike or rollerblade to see beautiful coastal views, native plants, and wildlife like herons, ducks, and hummingbirds. Several access points allow you to hop on the trail from downtown Ventura. For a peaceful retreat, follow the trail north away from the city into the Ventura River Valley. Picnic areas dot the route in shady spots along the river’s edge. Ventura River Trail Trailhead locations in Downtown Ventura Free admission A charter bus rental allows you to travel along the trail as far as you want without needing to loop back. No need to coordinate rides back to your start point. Your bus will be ready to pick you up wherever your Ventura adventure takes you!

Serra Cross Park

For amazing views of Ventura and the Pacific, head to Serra Cross Park in the hills above the city. The park’s highlight is the white cross overlooking town – a tribute to missionary Junípero Serra – but the real draw is the panorama. On clear days, you can see Ventura’s stunning coastline stretching for miles in each direction. Look east to see Ventura’s historic downtown and harbor surrounded by the blue Pacific and green hillsides. It’s one of the most scenic views in Ventura! Free admission Getting up to the park means winding roads and limited parking, so we recommend booking a charter bus. Your professional driver will expertly navigate the hillside roads while you sit back and take in the scenery.

Serra Cross Park 550 Serra Cross Park, Ventura, CA

Grant Park

Grant Park is Ventura’s oldest and most historic park, but many visitors overlook this downtown gem. Established in 1890, the park’s main draw is its magnificent Moreton Bay Fig Tree planted in 1889. With a span of 110 feet, it provides a shady spot to rest. Kids especially love the Grant Park dinosaur structures created by local artists. Rest a moment on a stone bench carved into a stegosaurus! Other activities include tennis courts and playgrounds. Don’t miss seeing the historic bandstand gazebo and rose gardens too. Free admission Getting your group to this historic downtown park is easy with a quick charter bus shuttle. Avoid congested parking by having your driver drop you off right at the park.

Grant Park 337 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001

Plaza Park

Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood, Plaza Park makes you feel like you’ve discovered a secret garden retreat. Mature trees and rose bushes surround a gurgling fountain and pond populated with ducks and turtles. Have a picnic on the lawn or under a gazebo. Let kids enjoy the playground and splash pad. Groups appreciate the spacious lawns and picnic tables perfect for gatherings. Free parking is ample too. Though driving to this neighborhood park is straightforward, you can avoid the hassle altogether by reserving a charter bus. Your driver will take care of navigation so you can start relaxing at Plaza Park right away!

Plaza Park 501 Poli St, Ventura, CA 93001 Free admission

Plan Your Trip With Charter Buses Ventura

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