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Ventura Harbor

Built in 1963, the 274-acre (152 land, 122 water) Ventura Harbor has several marinas, boat rental facilities, waterfront dining, shopping, and a walkway along its entire length. It also houses the Channel Islands National Park visitor center, a good place to begin your explorations. Surfers Knoll and Harbor Cove beaches are uncrowded and have level beach access. At Harbor Cove, a short concrete ramp leads onto the beach.  

An accessible fishing dock is at Marina Park 

Visitor center: The five rugged islands in the Santa Barbara Channel that make up Channel Islands National Park are not wheelchair accessible, but you can learn about them at the Park Service visitor center in Ventura Harbor. The 25-minute film Treasure in the Sea, shown throughout the day, provides an overview, and a relief map allows you to feel the islands' terrain. There’s also a touch table with items from the ocean and dioramas depicting life on the islands. On clear days you can catch a glimpse of the islands through a lowered telescope in the third-floor observation tower. Free programs about the park’s resources are offered on weekends and holidays at 11 am and 3 pm.

Trail/Pathway Details

Trailhead: To walk/roll the entire length of the walkway, start at the visitor center at the end of Spinnaker Drive.

Length: 2-4 total miles

Typical Width: 4 ft. & above

Typical Grade: Level

Terrain: Hard


You can spend an entire afternoon sampling the many diversions along the nearly 2.5-mile paved path that travels around the harbor. Stop for a meal or snack at one of the many restaurants, browse in the novelty shops and art galleries, watch a boat being lifted to dry dock, catch live entertainment at the Carousel stage at Harbor Village, or enjoy a leisurely stroll while admiring the boats. Be sure to look for the ceramic tile artwork scattered throughout Harbor Village, including the Fisherman's Memorial Arch, between Andria's and Brophy Bros. restaurants. It's a tribute to those who have lost their lives at sea. At the intersection of Navigator and Spinnaker drives, a switchback ramp leads up to street level, then travels behind a hotel until its end near Anchors Way Drive. 

Accessibility Details

The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.

Visitor Center: Accessible

Beach Wheelchair: Yes

The Harbor Patrol will deliver the beach wheelchair to any of the beach locations within the Harbor. Call to reserve, 805-642-8618

Accessible Parking: Yes

At beaches and throughout Harbor Village. For Channel Islands visitor center, park in Harbor Cove lot at foot of Spinnaker.

Accessible Restroom: Yes

Visitor center, Harbor Cove, Surfers Knoll, Building 1691, and throughout Harbor Village 

Other Things of Interest

Ventura Boat Rentals has two catamarans that are level with the dock and can accommodate a wheelchair: (805) 642-7753. 
View of harbor
View of harbor (Sonsheree Giles)

Features icon key

  • Beach Wheelchairs Available
  • boating
  • hiking
  • particularly good for families

Additional Information

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Managing Agency: Ventura Port District
Address: 1583 Spinnaker Dr., Ventura
Nearest City: Ventura
Phone: (805) 642-8538
Hours: Visitor center: Daily, 8:30 am-5 pm; closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
Fees: None
Dogs: On leash
Reviewed by Bonnie Lewkowicz, April 27, 2008
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