Ventura Botanical Gardens Demonstration Trail

NOTE: The entire 109 acres were burned in the Thomas Fire of December 2017 and the trail was closed as a result. It has since re-opened as volunteers work to rebuild the garden.

There is now an admission price of $7 per person Wed through Sun. Kids are free. Tuesdays are also free. Annual memberships are also available, which allow for unlimited free admission; $45 per person, $75 for families.

Additionally, dogs are allowed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only and must be on leash.

 Trails are intact but the plants were devastated by the Thomas Fire. Replanting and re-growth is in process.

Trails are intact but the plants were devastated by the Thomas Fire. Replanting and re-growth is in process.

The Ventura Botanical Gardens Demonstration Trail is a nearly 1 mile trail between Ventura City Hall and Grant Park. It opened in October 2012. The trail zig zags and meanders its way up to Grant Park, offering awesome views of downtown Ventura and the coastline. The trail is accessible behind Ventura City Hall, located at 567 South Poli Street. Take the driveway on the right side of City Hall (facing the building) and drive up to the parking area.

 Access to the trail is on the right (east) side of Ventura City Hall.

Access to the trail is on the right (east) side of Ventura City Hall.

 There's a parking area at the bottom of the trail behind Ventura City Hall

There's a parking area at the bottom of the trail behind Ventura City Hall

Funds continue to be raised to enhance the Demonstration Trail, provide for trail maintenance and augment it with a new trail and ultimately build a visitor center. Learn more at www.venturabotanicalgardens.com.

 The trail is decorated with pretty wildflowers and other California native plants

The trail is decorated with pretty wildflowers and other California native plants

 There are some neat rock walls on sections of the trail

There are some neat rock walls on sections of the trail

 A short walk will get you some pretty views!

A short walk will get you some pretty views!

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