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Downtown Ventura, or Main Street, has great appeal, with its palm-lined casual streets. The 19th century architecture, painted in pale pastels, is so lovely! There are an abundance of attractive cafes as well as a variety of ethnic restaurants: South American food, Thai food, Peruvian food.
A great thing about historic downtown Ventura is that it is completely walkable! Park along Main Street for free, and then walk to your heart's content! There are some beautiful buildings to take in, such as the Erle Stanley Gardner Building on the corner of Main and California. City Hall is a gorgeous Beaux Arts building- you can't miss it as you look uphill on California Street. It was Ventura's courthouse until the 70s. Main Street also has a groovy art-deco theatre that is lit up in neon at night. In fact, the whole of Main Street looks very cool at night, with neon lights twirled around the palm-tree trunks.
Walk west on Main Street and you will come to the prettiest part of Ventura, the mission and the plaza called Figueroa Street Mall. Don't miss this romantic spot.
Walk east on Main Street and you will find a lovely mix of Victorian houses turned into cafes and shops. There is a shop called Rosie Lee Imports that sells everything British: biscuits (cookies), chocolate bars, meat pies, and vegemite.
Marie Shannon Confections, on Chestnut Street, is a lovely place to sit in their outdoor garden seating and have a cup of tea!
For some reason, there are also a little too many second-hand clothing and other dowdy-looking stores on Main Street.
Main Street, because it is parallel to the beach, is sheltered, warm, and not windy, so enjoy the sunshine. From Main Street you can walk one block to a lovely park with huge old trees and a playground, Plaza Park.
Walk several blocks south on Figueroa Street and under the freeway and you'll come to Surfer's Point, a super place to walk around with the ocean crashing below.
For some colorful mini-golf in a garden setting, drive to Golf N Stuff. For a hip little beach area check out Seaward Avenue and the Seven Jetties.
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Exit Highway 101 southbound at Main Street. Once you get to around Oak Street, park along the road. Exit Highway 101 northbound at California Street, turn right on California Street, right on Main Street and park along the road.
Rosie Lee Imports, 673 E. Main St, Ventura CA 93001, call (805) 643-5832.
Marie Shannon Confections, 27 S. Chestnut St, Ventura CA 93001, call (805) 667-8043.
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|its off dah charts mang!|
|Like a touch of Cambria nearby. Downtown Ventura is nearly perfect, if they could just flush out the bums and the smokers it would be perfect!|
|I love the photos!|
|RE: \"For some reason, there are also a little too many second-hand and other dowdy-looking stores on Main Street.\"|
Hey! EVERYthing doesn\'t have to look like some city planner\'s sterile dream book. Those \"second-hand and other dowdy-looking stores\" serve an economic and a social purpose and obviously keep a lot of otherwise empty buildings occupied and useful. Wake up and enjoy the VARIETY of lively, downtown Ventura!
|Without a doubt, my favourite place in cali to go. I loved it because where I stayed was walking distance to everything the beach, the shoppoing, the great dining, the bars, only place I drove to was the miniature golf place|
A very chilled, relaxed place!!!