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Stay Cool in the Pool! Community Swimming Throughout Ventura County

Stay cool this summer and year-round at some of these community swimming pools, water parks and splash pads in Ventura County and surrounding areas. For updates and additions, contact us!

Conejo Valley (Conejo Recreation & Park District)

Community Pool at Cal Lutheran University Samuelson Aquatics Center is a year-round facility, offering recreational and lap swimming 7 days a week. Call 805.241.0894 or visit Only $2 ($1 for 62+). Current schedule at Water is heated to 80 to 84 degrees year round.

Newbury Park High School Community Swimming Pool is at 456 Reino Road and offers recreational swimming 6 days/week from mid-June to Mid-August. Only $2 ($1 for 62+). Call 805.498.6906 or visit

Thousand Oaks High School Community Swimming Pool is at 2323 N. Moorpark Road and offers recreational swimming Mon to Fri from mid-June to mid-August. Only $2 ($1 for 62+). Call 805.496.8564 or visit

Free open swim at all of the above CRPD pools took place from noon to 4pm on the 4th of the July!

Conejo Valley/Agoura - Other

Daland Swim School in Thousand Oaks offers group and individual lessons.

Conejo Valley YMCA in Thousand Oaks heated indoor swimming pool open 7 days/week.

Triunfo YMCA in Westlake Village heated indoor swimming pool o

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U.S. National Park Service Free Entrance Days

There are over 400 national parks covering over 84 million acres throughout the United States and its territories.  The majority of these parks do not charge entrance fees (though parking fees often apply). As for the 139 national parks that do have entrance fees, there are a number of designated "fee free" days each year.

Here are the National Park Service Free Entrance Days in 2015:

  • January 19 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
  • February 14-16 (Presidents Day Weekend)
  • April 18-19 (National Park Week opening weekend)
  • August 25 (National Park Service Birthday)
  • September 26 (National Public Lands Day)
  • November 11 (Veterans Day)

The parks that normally charge a fee that are free on the above dates are listed at California parks in this category include:

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A Guide to Free Fun, Food and Festivities Around Ventura County

According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, the adjective "free" comes from the Old English "frēo," which is pretty much useless information to me. The more relevant definition to most of us is "not costing or charging anything." Now we're talking!

There are thousands of FREE things to do, see, eat and experience in the Conejo Valley, Ventura County and surrounding areas. Conejo Valley Guide is dedicated towards unearthing these FREE things year-round, from Kids Eat Free deals around town to annual events.

Here are some links to FREE (and nearly free) dispersed throughout this website:

Free upcoming events in and around Ventura County

Free activities around Ventura County for all ages


Free activities geared towards kids in and around Ventura County

Restaurant rebates and rewards programs and Birthday Clubs around town

The popular compilation of Kids Eat Free deals around Ventura County

Free admission days at museums in and around Ventura County

National Park Service Free Admission Days

Free (and nearly free) summer movies in and around Ventura County

Free summer concerts in and around Ventura County

Local Ventura County area Freecycle groups

Not quite free but of interest nonetheless:

Daily deals and coupon websites for the Ventura County area

Metrolink Rewards discounts on Southern California attractions

Auto Club discounts on local products and services

Save money on local products and services by buying gift cards at Costco


Tennis Courts Open to the Public In and Around Ventura County

Looking to play a little tennis in and around Ventura County? There are over 150 tennis courts open to the public throughout the county. Here they are compiled into one list.

Thousand Oaks/Newbury Park

  • Borchard Community Park, 190 Reino Road, Newbury Park - 4 courts
  • Del Prado Park, 402 Calle del Prado, Newbury Park (Dos Vientos) - 1 court (also 2 pickleball courts)
  • Rancho Conejo Playfields, 950 N. Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park - 2 courts
  • Dos Vientos Community Park, 4801 Borchard Road, Newbury Park - 2 courts
  • North Ranch Playfield, 952 Rockfield Street, Thousand Oaks - 2 courts
  • Thousand Oaks Community Park, 2525 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks - 4 courts
  • Triunfo Park, 980 Aranmoor Ave, Thousand Oaks - 3 courts
  • Wildflower Playfield, 635 W. Avenida de los Arboles, Thousand Oaks - 4 courts

Agoura/Oak Park/Calabasas


Oxnard Tennis Courts (

  • Carty Park, 3900 South F Street - 1 court
  • College Estates Park, 1400 Gary Drive - 1 court
  • Community Center West Park, 801 Hobson Way - 8 lighted courts
  • East Park, 351 Indus Place - 1 court
  • Fremont Tot Park, 1130 North M Street - 2 courts
  • Lemonwood Park, 2055 East San Mateo Place - 2 courts
  • Marina West, 1300 South Novato Drive - 2 courts
  • Orchard Park, 2130 Edelweiss Street - 1 court
  • Peninsula Park, 3333 South P

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Over 140 Summer Camps and Programs In and Around Ventura County

Looking for a summer camp within range of Ventura County? Here's a list of over 140 summer day camps and residential camps and programs in the area. Actually, there are hundreds and hundreds of individual camps available. We've attempted to categorize the camps into 3 main groups; Traditional/Learning, Sports and Music/Arts, though many camps cover numerous fun activities all in one.

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No doubt there will be some typos/errors on this list, so let us know if you find one.

Traditional Day/Overnight/Learning/Misc Camps

  • Camp Helping Hands service/learning camp at CLU and CSUCI. Make a difference and have fun at it. July/Aug, ages 6-14, or 805.244.5071
  • Camp Keystone Summer Day Camps in Agoura Hills for ages 3 to 14 (4 different camps) or 818.889.2224
  • Camp Kinneret Summer Day Camp in Agoura Hills 818.706.8255
  • Camp Summertime at Calamigos Ranch

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Eleven of My Favorite Things to Do In and Around the City of Ventura

Incorporated in 1866, the City of Ventura is the county seat of Ventura County. The official name of Ventura is the city of San Buenaventura. Mission San Buenaventura was founded by Franciscan priest Junipero Serra on March 31, 1782 and was named after Saint Bonaventure. Enough with the history are some of my favorite things to do in this beautiful city!

You can't miss the 1,600 foot long Ventura Pier, with its panoramic views, fishing and ocean-breezes. There's a cool little playground area in the sand just west of the pier, bicycle rentals nearby, miles of beachfront bike path and Surfers' Point. San Buenaventura State Beach stretches from the Ventura Pier down south past the homes of the Ventura Keys.

Ventura Harbor Village is home to 33 acres of harborside activities, shopping and restaurants. There's an arcade with an antique carousel, boat rides, kayaking and sailing and quick access to family-friendly Harbor Cove Beach and Surfer's Knoll Beach. Also within a short walking distance is the Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center, an inspirational and interactive source of information about the Channel Islands National Park. Bring the kids!

Ventura Harbor Village is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.For some of the most spectacular views of Ventura, stop by Grant Park / Serra Cross Park. You can drive up there, or park above the historic Ventura City Hall building and walk to Grant Park via the Ventura Botanical Gardens Demonstration Trail. This nice 1 mile trail, opened in October 2012, will give you a nice little workout, with views along the way.

A view from the Ventura Botanical Gardens Demonstration Trail

Golf N' Stuff is a family favorite, especially when it's really hot in the Conejo Valley and you're looking for an outdoor alternative to the beach.  The kids never tire of the two 18-hole mini golf courses, bumper boats, large, nicely appointed arcade, go karts and bumper cars. Sign up with their email club and receive periodic 2 for 1 deals.

Mini golf fun at Golf N' Stuff Ventura.

Another popular family choice is oceanfront Marina Park in the Ventura Keys, a decent sized park with plenty of grassy area, a newer playground, the popular zip line and path to adjacent picnic and viewing area Soter Point. We enjoy riding bikes from the park to the Ventura Beach Path.

Marina Park zip line

In Downtown Ventura, the Museum of Ventura County hosts a collection of over 30,000 pieces of fine art and historical items and a changing lineup of exhibits displaying items of local relevance. The Museum's Research Library houses over 150,000 resources related to the history of Ventura County. And the Museum regularly hosts public events geared towards all ages as well as free admission the first Sunday of each month.

Those are some highlights! But there's more!

Over 40 things to do in the City of Ventura

Over 40 kids' activities in the City of Ventura

Nearly 50 sports and fitness activities in the City of Ventura

Upcoming events in the City of Ventura


Live Music and Other Nightlife Options In and Around Ventura County

Are you a night owl that is looking for something to do around town? Here's a list of places in and around Ventura County that have things to do during nighttime hours, including live music, concerts, dancing, darts, comedy, trivia and other activities scheduled on a regular basis.

This compilation includes restaurants as well as some bars. TVs are great, but don't count as "something to do" for the purposes of this compilation.

Are we missing something? Let us know!

For other nighttime fun, check out these compilations of Ventura County area movie theaters, comedy shows and entertainment venues. Or how about bowling. Or how about these inexpensive local area dating options.

(Information is subject to change at any time, so be sure to contact the business to confirm.) 

Conejo Valley (Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Westlake Village)

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