Posted Mar 14, 2017 | By Visit Oxnard
If you're planning a trip along the California coast, a stop in Oxnard is a must.
Your sunshine-filled days will drift together as you take in all the city has to offer. From sandy beaches to historic towns, you'll have plenty to see and do. And here's the best part – Oxnard has a bunch of free activities.
Here's a list of the top ten things you can do for free, or almost for free, in Oxnard:
1. Walk around Channel Islands Harbor
There's never a dull moment along the Channel Islands Harbor. It's a hub of activity, with boats coming and going and people walking around. Bring your camera and snap some shots at sunset of the homes that line the waterway, or the tall ships that anchor in for the night.
2. Tour the local farmers markets
The Downtown Oxnard Farmers Market is a great place to soak up some local culture. It's free to wander through the vendor's booths, but you might want a few bucks to buy some local treats or grab lunch. The Downtown Oxnard market is open every Thursday from 9am-1:30pm in Plaza Park.
Stroll through the The Channel Islands Harbor Farmers Market for some seaside shopping. Check out the vendor's booths, grab a bite to eat and enjoy the ocean breezes. The Channel Islands Farmers Market is open every Sunday from 10am-2pm in Channel Islands Harbor.
3. 'Grind a rail' at Bedford Pinkard Skate Park
Join the skateboarding action at a massive skate park in Oxnard. Bedford Pinkard Skate Park is open seven days a week and there's no admission fee. Guests must sign a waiver, but other than that you're free to work on your ollies and kickflips.
4. Check out vintage cars
Take a walk back in time by touring the cars of yesteryears at The Murphy Auto Museum. You'll see cars that date back to 1903 with great classics like the 1963 Studebaker and the 1910 Duro. If cars aren't your thing, check out the model railroad display. Admission is free, but a small donation is suggested.
5. Take a walk on Silver Strand Beach
Take your sweetheart for a walk along the beach during sunset on Silver Strand Beach. Walk hand-in-hand as you watch the sunset over the ocean with surfers riding the waves in the background. Be sure to snap a few pictures to capture the moment.
6. See how the pioneers of Oxnard lived
Wondering what Oxnard looked like long ago? Find out by touring Heritage Square. You'll find a dozen old Victorian homes that were owned by the first settlers of the city. You can take a 45-mintue guided tour for $5, or walk around for free.
7. Play Frisbee on the beach
Spend a relaxing day at Oxnard Beach Park. Pack a few towels, a picnic lunch and a Frisbee, and you'll have everything you need for a great day. You'll need $5 for parking, but it's a small price to pay to enjoy the calming sounds of the ocean.
8. Bring Fido to a dog park
Even the family dog should enjoy some fun-in-the-sun during your vacation. Your furry friend will love College Park Dog Park. It has agility courses for big and small dogs and a washing station to make sure Fido is squeaky clean as you return to your hotel.
9. Try some local fruit
The California coast has a wealth of fresh produce. With its year-round growing season, you can't leave Oxnard without tasting some of the freshest fruit available. Stop by the local favorite, Lil' Red Barn, a produce stand that has everything you need.
10. Fly a kite on Mandalay Beach
Mandalay Beach is a pristine beach with coastal dunes and palm trees swaying the wind. Rent a kite for $5 from Wheel Fun Rentals. You'll find their booth just outside the Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Resort.
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