YMCA of Southeast Ventura County - 4 Locations

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YMCA of Southeast Ventura County serves the areas of Agoura, Moorpark, Simi Valley, Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village. General information at www.triunfoymca.org or call 805.497.3081 x104.

Conejo Valley YMCA is located at 4031 North Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks (805.523.7613). Open 7 days a week. Facility has a 25-yard indoor heated pool) activity room, fitness center, gym, outdoor multi-sport court, frisbee golf/horseshoes, hiking and biking trail, babysitting, swim lessons, etc. www.triunfoymca.org/conejo

Yarrow Family YMCA in Westlake Village opened to the public in late April 2019 at 31105 Thousand Oaks Boulevard, at Westlake Village Community Park. This brand new 60,000 sq ft facility features a fitness center, eight lane indoor lap pool, warm water pool, gym, group exercise classes, and more. The Kids’ Zone is massive. Visit www.yarrowymca.org or call 818.707-9622.

Simi Valley YMCA is at 3200 Cochran Street (805.583.5338). Open 7 days a week. 25 yard swimming pool, fitness center, indoor cycling, child care, camps, classes, sports, etc. www.triunfoymca.org/SimiValley

Simi Valley Aquatics

Simi Valley Aquatics opened the first indoor swim school in Simi Valley in July 2016. The facility offers year-round swim lessons with two 90 degree pools for all ages, baby to adult. Offering group lessons, private lessons, semi-private lessons, "Baby & Me" classes and private parties. Located at 1263 Simi Town Center Way. Visit www.SVaquatics.com or call 805.443.SWIM for more information.

Casitas Water Adventure in Ventura

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Casitas Water Adventure is a water park at the Lake Casitas Recreation Area that is open throughout the summer, generally from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

There are two distinct areas. For younger children, there is a multi-level jungle gym with waterfalls, bridges and slides in a lagoon with water up to 18" deep.

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The 1,200 foot long Lazy River offers a cool water ride on inner tubes along a scenic waterway featuring waterfalls, fog filled bridges and jet sprays. The inner tubes are available on a first-come, first-served basis, but usually there are plenty of them on hand.

The 1,200 foot long lazy river at Casitas Water Adventure is my kids' favorite.

The 1,200 foot long lazy river at Casitas Water Adventure is my kids' favorite.

For the very youngest tots, a zero-depth pool sprays water from all angles, providing a safe, fun play area.

Shaded decks, lounge chairs, showers, restrooms and a snack bar are available, but food is not allowed inside the park (though you can bring bottled water). Certified lifeguards are on hand at all times and life jackets are available at no extra charge while supplies last. Locker rentals are available for a nominal fee.

Do take note that they don't heat the water here. It is a bit on the cold side for many, though on hot days this can be a good thing.

Lake Casitas Recreation Area is located at 11311 Santa Ana Road, Ventura. Take Highway 33 from Ventura towards Ojai, make a left turn on Santa Ana Blvd, then a right on Santa Ana Road 3 or 4 miles to the park entrance. Visit www.casitaswater.org/lower.php?url=water-adventure for more information, including operating schedule/hours and prices or call 805.649.2233.

For summer 2019, operating hours are Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday/Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pricing is $13 per person on weekdays ($15 on weekends and holidays) (free for under 1 year of age), $24-28 for a 2 consecutive day pass and $70 for a full-season pass. 

They offer "late day" passes for $7.50 (subject to cancellation) during the last 3 hours of operation each day. Casitas Water Adventure is open generally from late May through Labor Day weekend, so take advantage during the summer months!

2018 Schedule: Opening day is Saturday, May 26th. Final day of the year is September 15th.

Parking inside Lake Casitas is $20 on weekends/holidays and $10 on weekdays. There is parking available on Santa Ana Road if you don't mind walking.

My kids particularly enjoy the Lazy River. There are some shady areas but do bring plenty of sunscreen as the sun beats down pretty hard out there. The water playground is definitely geared towards younger kids, with a large assortment of slides, water spouts and fun. My boys seemed to quickly get bored in the water playground starting around age 7-8, but they continue to enjoy the lagoon, which propels you round and round in a gentle current.

Channel Islands YMCA - 2 Ventura County Locations

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The Channel Islands YMCA is an association of seven YMCA branches serving Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.

The Camarillo Family YMCA at 3111 Village at the Park Drive (805.484.0423) provides access to health and wellness information and activities for all ages. The Camarillo Family YMCA- Hiji Center has a wide variety of adult and senior programs, including aquatics, aerobics and cardiovascular exercise, weight and strength training, yoga, basketball and volleyball leagues, triathlon training and more!

The Aquatics Center at the Camarillo Family YMCA provides instructional swim programs for all ages, ability levels and interests. Youth and adult lessons are offered year round as well as special classes for those with physical limitations. More info at www.ciymca.org/camarillo.

The Ventura Family YMCA at 3760 Telegraph Road (805.642.2131) has served the City of Ventura for over 130 years. It got its start on September 30, 1887 with a house that was purchased on the corner of Santa Clara and Oak Street. Today, the Ventura Family YMCA has grown with an expansive 6,000 facility members and provides childcare to over 200 children in its after-school programs. More information at www.ciymca.org/ventura.

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Conejo Simi Swim Club

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Conejo Simi Swim Club is dedicated to delivering premier, community-based aquatics programs and is proud to be a USA Swimming Silver Medal Club. Serving the Conejo and Simi Valleys since 1973, CSA fosters the highest levels of individual and team achievement through excellence in coaching and the support of its member families. CSA’s student-athletes have competed in Olympic Trials, National and Junior National competitions and Sectional championships. CSA has developed swimmers who have held World and American Records. With a broad set of programs encompassing novices, age group swimmers, elite national and international competitors and masters swimmers, CSA offers an aquatics experience for everyone.

Conejo Simi Swim Club is a USA Swimming club for kids ages 5 and up and for adults through its masters programs. CSA swims at the Rancho Simi Community Pool in Simi Valley.  More information at www.csaswim.com.

Pleasant Valley Swim Team in Camarillo

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The Pleasant Valley Swim Team (PVST) is a year-round competitive swimming organization that has been developing outstanding community members in Camarillo and Ventura County for over four decades. PVST trains at the indoor Pleasant Valley Aquatic Center - the only indoor facility in Ventura County.

PVST accepts new members aged 6-18 on an ongoing basis, space permitting. A swim tryout is required for prospective new members for minimum skills assessment and group placement

Visit www.pvst.org or call 805.987.6886 for more information.

Oak Canyon Community Park in Oak Park

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Oak Canyon Community Park is located at 5600 Hollytree Drive in Oak Park at Kanan. This is a nicely appointed park with a children's splash pad, playgrounds, lagoon/pond with ducks, dog park and plenty of open space.

More information on the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District website at www.rsrpd.org/oak_park/parks/oak_canyon_community_park.php.

The Oak Park Dog Park at Oak Canyon Community Park opened in May 2010. It is open from 7am to dusk every day (closed 7am to 10am for maintenance on Fridays). For more information, visit www.rsrpd.org/oak_park/parks/oak_canyon_dog_park.php.

Oak Canyon Dog Park on a non-busy day.

Oak Canyon Dog Park on a non-busy day.

Samuelson Aquatics Center Community Pool at CLU in Thousand Oaks

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The Community Pool at Samuelson Aquatics Center is the result of a unique collaboration between the University, the Conejo Recreation and Park District and the City of Thousand Oaks.  This year-round facility includes a nice shade structure, picnic tables, outdoor showers, classes and more. The seven-lane pool serves as a warm-up pool for CLU athletes during competitions.  It is available to the local community, swim clubs and masters swimmers.

Also available for parties of up to 90+ people. Includes shaded picnic area with 1-5 tables, party attendant and lifeguards, flat screen TV use, DVD player, music/iPod adapter, games, refrigerator, toys and floats. Rent the whole pool to yourself or share with the public.

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Samuelson Aquatics Center is located on the Cal Lutheran Campus at 100 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks (Click here for map).  Visit crpd.org/programs/aquatics or call 805.241.0894 for more information.

Recreational swim hours vary but the pool is open 7 days per week during the spring/summer. Pool heated up to 82 degrees.

Pool hours and fees are at crpd.org/programs/aquatics/hoursnfees.asp. As of May 2017, $3 admission for ages 2 to 61, $2 for ages 62+, CLU students and veterans (with ID). Open 6 days a week during the winter months (closed Sundays) and 7 days/week during spring/summer months, generally March 1 through Labor Day weekend.

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Marina Park in Ventura

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Marina Park is located at the south end of Pierpont Boulevard in Ventura (near the intersection of Pierpont and Coral Street). It is a 15 acre park that has over a third of a mile of oceanfront adjacent to Ventura Harbor, giving it plenty of beachfront, flat sand to play in.

There is also a kids play area (geared toward younger kids), plenty of grass, restrooms and more. There is also a water taxi and a fishing dock. Fun destination park in the Ventura Keys. We never go wrong bringing the kids here. More info at www.cityofventura.net/parks.

The zip line attached to the "San Salvador" ship was taken down in 2016. The city indicates there is a possibility it will be replaced if a safe alternative can be identified.

Newer pirate-themed play area at Marina Park (re-done in 2012).

Newer pirate-themed play area at Marina Park (re-done in 2012).

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Nice, protected beachfront area at Marina Park

Nice, protected beachfront area at Marina Park

The popular San Salvador at Marina Park

The popular San Salvador at Marina Park

This popular zip line was taken down in 2016; the city indicates the possibility of identifying a new, safe zip line possibility but as of April 2017 no specific timing available.

This popular zip line was taken down in 2016; the city indicates the possibility of identifying a new, safe zip line possibility but as of April 2017 no specific timing available.