Marina Park in Ventura is a great kid-friendly beach

Over the Labor Day weekend, my family opted for a “stay-cation” in Ventura. I’ve lived in Los Angeles for more than ten years, but this trip was my first overnight in Ventura. We have friends with kids who moved there recently from the East Coast, so it was the perfect opportunity for all of us to catch up, and for our kids to play outdoors. They introduced us to what is now my favorite beach for kids – Marina Point.

Free Parking!

As an Angeleno, my first question for our friend was, “How’s the parking?” To my surprise, she said it was no problem, and free. That answer alone won me over. There were plenty of parking spots to choose from, and on a holiday weekend nonetheless!

A Cute Playground

You can’t really tell from this photo because I took it late in the day, but it is a walled playground area, good for young and small children. There are: baby swings, regular swings, two structures, and a climb across. There was a guy doing some exercises on the climbing thing using some bands and he looked at our kids as if they were bothering him, but come on, dude. It’s a playground!. Besides that, it was cool.

A Beached Boat

One of the coolest things to see there was the beached boat (pictured above). Our kids climbed in it and had a blast. It’s a popular spot for photographers because we saw a couple taking engagement photos there.

The Beach

The beach area is nice and small. There is a lifeguard nearby and while we were there, the waves weren’t too rough. I like how it didn’t dip too quickly, so the kids were able to wade further before it reached their waists. According to the VCRMA’s Ocean Water Quality Monitoring Program, the water sample met all the state standards this year (as the rest of the Ventura Beaches did too).

Stroll along the path to the mermaid

After playing at the beach, we got the kids to dry off and get the sand off their feet during a nice stroll along the path to see the “mermaid sculpture”. The sculpture is at the end of the peninsula. There is a similar one across the way and there are a lot of sites online which tell the story of the statues.

Marina Park

Greenock Ln and Pierpont Blvd
Ventura, CA 93001

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