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Peninsula Park, Channel Islands Harbor

Ventura, California, USA

Description

Peninsula Park is nice to stroll around. The boats cast squiggly lines on the water making for a pretty view. Little boats glide by and it's fun to watch. Toddlers love the little playground that is just right for their size. The dolphin bouncies are especially cute. And there are baby swings and a spinner that makes big kids dizzy. There are shady trees, grassy areas, and tennis courts too. Most days you can see seals on the docks, fighting and making noise! It's amazing!
There are free Concerts By The Sea on the lawn here from mid-July to the end of August, Saturdays 4-6pm. They get a great turn-out and have a fun crowd. Check them out!
If you're hungry, try Topper's Pizza, a short walk from the park along the water. It has delicious pizza, plus views of the bluegreen water from the top floor indoor area. There is also outdoor seating on the water though it can be a bit chilly.
While you're in the area, a nice place to go is Oxnard Beach, where kids can play on the sand dunes or pirate playground with giant sea monster. Channel Islands Harbor has some fun activities on holidays. Seaview Park and Via Marina Park are two pleasant neighborhood parks nearby.
A really nice outing is Port Hueneme Pier, with its white sandy beach and its interesting history. Check out also the US Navy Seabee Museum, a state-of-the-art museum with lots of interesting displays, though not interactive for kids.
For some more history, head over to Downtown Oxnard and Heritage Square, with its Victorian houses- at Christmastime the houses are decorated beautifully and you can do a tour.

Photo Gallery


Playground with harbor in the background.

Grassy spot by the water...

Topper's Pizza is in a cute, brick building.

Flowers by the water.

Boys point at the seals!

The seals are fun to watch.

Seal raising its flipper.

Walkway by the water.

Dolphin bouncies and playground.

Multi-colored dolphin bouncies.

The playground has a view of the water.

Picnic tables by the water.

Tennis courts and grassy knolls.

Landscaping by the harbor.

Apartment buildings with harbor views.

Flowers along the walkway.

Standup paddlers and kayakers by the yacht club.

View from inside Topper's Pizza.

Outdoor tables by the water at Topper's Pizza.

View from Topper's Pizza.

View from the upstairs tables at Topper's Pizza.
   

Directions

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Peninsula Park is in Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard. Exit Highway 101 at Victoria Avenue and turn toward the ocean. Follow Victoria Avenue for 5 miles until you come to Channel Islands Blvd. Turn right on Channel Islands Blvd, and then immediately turn left on Peninsula Rd. After you pass some condos, turn right into the parking lot for the park- parking is free.

For a more scenic drive, exit Highway 101 southbound at Seaward Avenue and turn left on Harbor Blvd. Follow it for almost seven miles, past the power plant and agricultural fields. At the big intersection, make a slight left up the hill onto Channel Islands Blvd. Turn right on Peninsula Rd. After you pass some condos, turn right into the parking lot for the park. Parking is free.

Exit Highway 101 northbound at Seaward Avenue and turn left on Seaward Ave. Turn left on Harbor Blvd and follow it for almost seven miles, past the power plant and agricultural fields. At the big intersection, make a slight left up the hill onto Channel Islands Blvd. Turn right on Peninsula Rd. After you pass some condos, turn right into the parking lot for the park. Parking is free.

Topper's Pizza, 2701 Peninsula Rd, Oxnard CA 93035.
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