Ventura may feel and look like a small town thanks to its old-fashioned Main Street, wooden pier and historical buildings, but its incredible surroundings and nearby amenities offer a vibrant lifestyle that is anything but small. Downtown Ventura features beaches, shops, restaurants and museums. Experience art and culture at San Buenaventura Mission, Rubicon Theater and the Museum of Ventura County. Water activities at Ventura Harbor are abundant including harbor cruises, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and whale watching. The harbor also serves as a gateway to the Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary ideal for hiking, camping, kayaking and plenty of wildlife. More opportunities are available at neighboring counties like Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.