Ventura, CA, May 21, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- With Father's Day weekend almost here (June 14 -16), VenturaCountyWest (the cities of Camarillo, Oxnard and Ventura) has plenty of outdoor activities to make dads feel special.
Dads can invigorate their senses and breathe in fresh sea air in Oxnard and Ventura, where beach and sea activities include bicycling, kayaking and paddle boating (rentals are available), sports fishing outings and whale watching. The Channel Islands National Park, five islands 11 miles from shore, is for dads who appreciate nature. Island Packers, with tour boats sailing out of Ventura and Channel Islands harbors, brings visitors up close to dolphins, bald eagles, seals and sea lions. The excursion company also stops on the islands for hiking and water sports activities.
Because kids are usually in tow, a good family outing is to Golf N Stuff in Ventura. The kids can beat dad in a game of miniature golf or join forces in an intense game of laser tag. There are bumper cars, bumper boats and an arcade. For something more adventurous, the family can enroll dad in a class at Jim Hall Kart Racing in Ventura where students suit up and learn to drive ultra-condensed formula karts.
For dads who love airplanes and history, the Commemorative Air Force Museum at the Camarillo Airport features vintage aircraft and an extensive collection of World War II memorabilia--from guns and ammo to military uniforms. The museum offers flights in its vintage aircraft.
Here are some dining ideas. Spencer Makenzie's is a family-friendly restaurant in Ventura known for its enormous selection of fish tacos including shrimp, calamari, ahi and ceviche tacos. Wood Ranch BBQ in Camarillo serves out-of-this-world peanut coleslaw while the newly opened Coastal Grill on the beach at Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Hotel & Resort in Oxnard offers a cheeseburger consisting of a special blend of short rib, tri tip and New York steak with two cheeses served on a brioche bun. In Ventura, stroll through Ventura Harbor Village and select from a variety of tastes--from fresh seafood, to American, Italian, Greek and French cuisine.
If dad wants to spend part of his Father's Day weekend on the golf course, VenturaCountyWest cities have five public courses with ocean or mountain views. In Ventura, there is Olivas Links, an 18-hole championship golf facility designed by Forrest Richardson and the adjoining course, Buenaventura.
River Ridge in Oxnard offers panoramic ocean views and unique water features, bent/poa grass greens and Greg Norman hybrid Bermuda tees and fairways. Camarillo's Sterling Hills is surrounded by avocado and citrus groves while Camarillo Springs, at the base of Conejo Mountain just off the 101 freeway, includes towering rock formations and natural springs.
For more inspiring Father's Day weekend adventures in Camarillo, Oxnard and Ventura including where to stay, go to VenturaCountyWest.