Posted Apr 20, 2021 | By Alejandra Cerball

7 Mother’s Day Oxnard Activities

Thinking about gifting mom flowers, cards, or chocolates for Mother’s Day? Been there, done that. This time get creative and pamper mama by treating her to a fun-filled day she’ll never forget.

Wondering how to plan her special day? We’ve got you covered. Here are 7 creative Mother’s Day activities in Oxnard to make your choices a little easier.

1. Take a day trip to Channel Islands National Park.

For moms who love nature, plan a trip to Channel Islands National Park. Visit one of five islands and soak in the coastal views. Keep your eyes peeled for whales and dolphins on your journey to the islands.

Visit Anacapa Island and bring everything you need for a fun picnic. If your mom loves adventure, check out Santa Cruz Island and scuba dive or snorkel with exotic fish.

Island Packers’ boats leave from Channel Islands Harbor. Get the full scoop here: Ultimate Guide to Channel Islands National Park.

2. Visit a winery in Oxnard, (or two).

You don’t have to travel far to experience award-winning California wine. Take mom on a wine tasting tour and visit any of Oxnard’s four wineries and tasting rooms. Enjoy a self-guided tour at Herzog and check out the fermentation vats, wine aging barrels, and the bottling process from the second story.

For architecture lovers, a visit to Oxnard’s Historic District is a must. Here you’ll find Rancho Ventavo Cellars, a family-owned award-winning winery and tasting room in a charming 1902 Victorian home.

Magnavino Cellars features a Tuscan inspired atmosphere with a relaxed and elegant vibe. For a cool, edgy winery experience, visit Strey Cellars and sample the $15 tastings on Saturdays and Sundays.

3. Plan the Perfect Beach Day

Pack a cheese and fruit platter and surprise mom with a picnic at Hollywood Beach. She’ll love spending time with the family and dipping her toes in the sand. Oxnard Beach Park features charcoal grills throughout the park if you want to plan a BBQ.

From swimming and sunbathing to playing Frisbee or volleyball, you can be as active as you want. Bring or rent bikes for an afternoon cruise on the coast.

Ventura County Beach Volleyball Nets
Hollywood Beach Oxnard; Photo by Veronica Slavin

4. sail aboard the Mystic whaler

Take a Mother's Day sail aboard the 110-ft. Schooner tall ship Mystic Whaler. Enjoy the majestic beauty of the Santa Barbra Channel for a 3-hour adventure sail. Spot the Channel’s amazing wildlife, including a plethora of sea birds and pinnipeds and maybe even some whales and dolphins! Pack a lunch and have a picnic aboard the tall ship with some of the most beautiful views. Remember to stay safe and not bring any alcohol, glass, or any other breakable materials onboard.

5. Take Momma Shopping at the Collection

Treat your mom to a one of a kind shopping experience she’ll love. Instead of buying her a gift she may not even use, tell her today it’s all about her. Start your day with an acai bowl, smoothie, or juice made with organic ingredients from The Blend Superfood Bar, followed by a visit to her favorite shops.

Not sure where to start? Oxnard’s premier outdoor shopping and entertainment center, The Collection at RiverPark, features an eclectic mix of major retailers, boutiques, and fashion-forward brands.

Collection Town Center Dr Seaglass Way

6. Feast

If you’re tossing up between which restaurant in Oxnard to take mom to on Mother’s Day, we highly suggest you make reservations in advance. Here are a few options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Breakfast – BG'S CAFE

Head over to Downtown Oxnard and treat mom to this local favorite for breakfast or lunch. Enjoy American & Mexican breakfast favorites, their famous cinnamon roll or apple pancakes. Take an after-breakfast stroll at Heritage Square and admire the spectacular Victorian & Craftsman-style houses.

428 South A St., Oxnard, CA 93035

Lunch – Sea Fresh

Whether you plan to take mom out for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, satisfy those seafood cravings with a visit to Sea Fresh in Oxnard. Enjoy the view of the harbor while you brunch with mom.

3550 S Harbor Blvd, Oxnard, CA 93035

Dinner – Moqueca Brazilian Cuisine

Sample authentic Brazilian cuisine and caipirinhas, cocktails made with cachaça, lime, and sugar.

3550 S Harbor Blvd #201, Oxnard, CA 93035

Moqueca Brazilian Cuisine; Photo by Stephanie Plomarity

Dessert – Indulge in Something Sweet

If mom has an ultra-sweet tooth, take her out for a one of a kind treat at Michoacanita Ice Cream Company. This isn’t your average ice cream shop; they specialize in artisan handcrafted ice creams made from scratch with natural ingredients.

2550 E. Vineyard Avenue, Oxnard CA 93036

While mom may be used to getting an assortment of chocolates for Mother’s Day, switch things up with a traditional Mexican and artisan baked goods from Xielo Artisan Desserts. Try the sweet or savory crepes with a fusion twist of Mexican squash or Poblano peppers.

212 W 4th Street Oxnard, CA 93030

7. Spend a day on the water

Start the day with a standup paddle board yoga class at the harbor. Sea Dog Yoga also offers paddleboard lessons and guided stand up paddleboard tours at Channel Islands Harbor.

If trying to balance on a board isn’t really mom’s thing, rent a double kayak and cruise around the harbor’s calm, quiet waters.

Love Kayaking? Here’s your guide to the best spots to paddle in Oxnard.

For an activity, the whole family will enjoy, rent an electric boat at Hopper Boat Rentals. Bring food, drinks, music, and decorations to create the ultimate Mother’s Day surprise.

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Searching for a creative way to show mom how much she means to you on Mother’s Day. Celebrate any day of the week with these fun Oxnard activities that won’t break your budget. For more ideas for things to do any time of year, visit: Events in Oxnard.

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Alejandra Cerball (Journalist | Travel Writer)

Alejandra Cerball is an award-winning journalist, writer, and editor of, a Travel + Lifestyle online destination filled with compelling and honest travel tips + resources. On her blog, Alex shares inspiration for your bucket list, family travel + adventure itineraries, and style guides to help you pack for your next trip.

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