Marina Park, Ventura
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Kids will be entertained for hours at this picturesque beach park, my favorite in Ventura. The beach here is lined with attractive, modern beachhouses, that add to the colorful, festive feel. Plentiful dunes create places to play fun games. My son spent hours rolling a tennis ball down the dunes into a designated "goal." A small cove is perfect for swimming and filled with kids jumping about in the icy waves. To the right of the cove are jetties where you can walk out and explore amongst the rocks. Just left of the cove is a concrete Spanish galleon, where kids can ride a zipline from the rigging for a long distance down (see photo above). It's so much fun that there's a line of kids waiting for a go! There are lots of grassy hills to sit on, some with shade, and you can watch boats enter and leave the deep blue harbor. There's also a good playground with two play structures and swings. What more could you ask for!
A caveat: Ventura has some brutal whipping winds, most days, and it can be pretty harsh and cold. The Venturans seem to all get out and about and make the most of their town and beaches despite the wind.
If you're hungry, head to downtown Ventura for a meal in a cute cafe, or for an ice cream!
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From Highway 101, exit at Seaward and head towards the ocean. Turn left on Pierpont Blvd and follow it to the end. There is a parking lot, as well as parking along the neighborhood streets.
There are restrooms.
The address is Pierpont Blvd and Greenock Ln, Ventura CA 93001.
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