Founded in 1782, the mission includes a restored church, Holy Cross School, and a small museum. The San Buenaventura Mission is located at 225 East Main Street, 10.1 miles northwest of our Oxnard property.
Turn-of-the-century homes have been restored or replicated. Gardens and courtyards feature over 140 varieties of trees, shrubs, and flowers. Guided tours are available. Summertime Friday evening concerts are performed featuring jazz to Latin rhythms.
The City has 17 recognized historical sites within the City boundaries. These sites are listed as Ventura County Historical Landmarks. They are located in an area the City has established as a "Cultural Heritage District" which is between Second and Sixth Streets and "F" and "C" Streets. The Cultural Heritage District includes examples of early residential architecture. An Oxnard Historic Points of Interest brochure is available at the Tourism Bureau.
The Carnegie Art Museum, built in 1907 as a Carnegie Library, the museum features changing exhibits, a permanent art collection, and educational programs. Serving the fine arts needs of Northern Ventura County, the museum has been offering a full Museum Education Program with the support of Mervyn's since 1988. Major exhibits change quarterly and range from traditional to contemporary art from many cultures. The monthly "Masters in our Midst Series" shows works by county artists. Over 5,000 students each year participate in "Tours with Hands-On Art Workshops", a main focus of the Program. 424 South "C" Street. 805-385-8179.
Filled with objects of a nautical nature, self-guided and docent tours show off the museum's model ships, fine art, and constantly-changing maritime exhibits. Experience the majesty of the marine painters and engravers art in the ALMAR collection of 58 works, dating from 1700 to the present. Trace the development of water transport, 4000BC to date, in the 36 model collection of the Genealogy of the Ship. Delight in the exquisitely detailed ships crafted by master modeler, Edward Marple. 2731 South Victoria Avenue. 805-984-6260.
Features cultural artifacts from around the globe, as well as an extensive collection of World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War uniforms and weapons. Fifty years ago, after Seabees returned from World War II, officials at Port Hueneme decided to commemorate the exploits of the U.S. Navy's builder-fighters. Because the men of the Construction Battalions had become legendary from their extraordinary efforts in the Pacific, North Africa, and Europe it seemed only appropriate to gather souvenirs veterans had left behind. These uniforms, original photographs, documents and artifacts were the birth of the Seabee Museum, the nation's second oldest Navy museum. Opening its doors to the public on July 4, 1947, the Museum over the last five decades has undergone renovations, extensions and additions, including a move in the 1950's to the present location. The core of the facility consists of two extensive Quonset huts. A second gallery (named the Moreell Wing in honor of Admiral Ben Moreell).
How about letting your child become a doctor in the operating room or dig fossils as an archaeologist, or, get on stage and watch themselves on T.V. as a fiesta dancer, firefighter, or policeman. Or, even become a puppeteer and put on their very own show. A community-based nonprofit organization known as Gull Wing Children's Museum was opened in 1989 to create a museum in which children could explore, experiment, and develop their learning potential while having fun. This "hands-on" museum provides a service through out Ventura, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara Counties. The exhibits, geared toward children ages 2 to 12, offers youngsters a chance to discover and learn by participating in an experience rather than by observation. 418 W. Fourth Street. 805-483-3005.
The Channel Islands Harbor, a lively spot for locals and visitors containing 2,600 boat slips, 9 marinas, waterside shopping, numerous restaurants, and boat rentals. The harbor boasts several parks, a swim beach, and a Maritime Museum. Several harbor festivals are held annually. 805-985-4852.
The Oxnard Factory Outlets feature numerous factory stores in a citrus-growing theme that represents Oxnard's packing-shed history. The outlets are located off of US 101 between Rice and Rose Ave, about 2 miles east of our Oxnard property.
Formally the Buenaventura Mall, the Pacific View Mall has been completely renovated and contains over 200 stores. The Pacific View Mall is located in Ventura at 363 Mills Road at Main Street, 6.8 miles northwest of our Oxnard property.
Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary, off Oxnard's coastline, may be visited by air or boar. From late December through April, whale watching excursions are scheduled. Please contact Cisco's Landing, 805-985-8511; Aspen Helicopters, 805-985-5416; or Marine Emporium Landing, 805-985-0541.
The chain of eight islands was dedicated as a national park by Congress in 1980. Trips to the islands can be arranged through the Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard (5.5 miles southwest), the Ventura Harbor (8 miles northwest), or the Santa Barbara Harbor (36 miles north).