Ventura Gateway Shopping Center
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Ventura Gateway Shopping Center is good if you need to take a break from driving with your kids. It is right next to the freeway and there's plenty of space for kids to run around. There's a two-storey Barnes and Noble with huge windows upstairs and a kid's section with benches under a painted tree. On Saturdays around noon there are crafts and stories for kids. Last time we were there, they made swords out of twister balloons and crowns out of sparkly cardboard. It was great fun!
If you're hungry, there's a row of cafes with outdoor seating around a huge flower planter. Banana trees in pots and a Spanish fountain add a pretty touch. There's plenty of space by the cafes where kids can run and there's a Yogurtland. I like the food and atmosphere at Red Brick Pizza.
There are modern chain restaurants to choose from. Panera Bread is always a good one- try their salads. Sharkeez Woodfired Mexican Grill is also a favorite, with organic choices. There is also a Jamba Juice, Starbucks, and Romano's Macaroni Grill.
Ventura Gateway is attractive, with dozens of tall palm trees reaching up to the sky and modern architecture. At night it looks very pretty lit up.
Other stores include Petsmart, Michael's Crafts, Famous Footwear, Gamestop, and Kohl's.
Just a short drive down the road is a playground with a moving statue, called Thille Park.
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Exit Highway 101 southbound at Telephone Rd. At the exit, turn left on Main St, then left on Telephone Rd. Once you pass under the freeway, the shopping center is the first one on the right.
Exit Highway 101 northbound at Telephone Rd. Turn right on Telephone Rd. The shopping center is the first one on the right.
Barnes and Noble bookstore, 4820 Telephone Rd, Ventura CA 93003, call (805) 339-0990.
Red Brick Pizza, 4990 Telephone Road, call (805) 658-2828.
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Overall Visitor Rating: Unrated.