Ojai is described as a friendly, small-town type of place. Located in Ventura county, Ojai is a city where you can spend a lot of time outdoors and where you’ll find lots to do and explore.
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Hiking in Ojai
several popular trails
Hiking Ojai is another way for families to get moving and explore Ojai in a more hands-on way. Several popular trails are listed at this website, providing families with scenic views. In addition, the Valley View Preserve and the Ojai Meadows Preserve are two popular hiking destinations. Whether you’re looking to hike for thirty minutes or two hours, you can find a trail to meet your family’s needs.
Ojai Trolley Service
When the family is tired of walking, hop aboard the Ojai Trolley. Check the website for information about the route as well as departure times. The general fare is $1, and children 5 and younger are free. (Drivers carry no change).
210 S. Signal St., Ojai, CA 93023
A visit to Libbey Park is a must-do for families visiting Ojai. You’ll find a children’s playground, tennis courts, and great picnic spots throughout. Whether your kids want to slide, swing, climb, or run, they can do it all here. In addition, Libbey Park is also the site of the Libbey Bowl which is the site of the Ojai Music Festival and other special events throughout the year.
302 W. Matlija St., Ojai, CA 93023
Bart’s Books is known as the “Largest Independently Owned and Operated Outdoor Bookstore in the U.S.A.” You’ll find a large variety of rare, interesting books. In addition, many books are displayed on shelves on the outside walls and are for sale via the honor system (customers leave money in tins). The shop is open 9:30 am until sunset, seven days a week.
The Ojai Art Center
113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, CA 93023
The Ojai Art Center has the distinction of being the “oldest multi-purpose, nonprofit art center in California.” They host classes, performances, workshops, and special events throughout the year. “Jammin” at the Art Center is a series of music performances during the summer. The fun is held on Sundays from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and includes live music, refreshments, food, and fun. Kids 12 and under are free; adults are $10. Check the website for the schedule.
Ojai Skate Park
500-508 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, CA 93023
Skateboarding families will appreciate the Ojai Skate Park, an “inground, concrete,12,500 square foot park.” The Park is open every day of the year, from dawn to sunset. Although the Skate Park is unsupervised, there are posted rules that must be followed (including wearing protective gear).
Ojai Valley Trail Riding Company
1290 Meyer Rd., Ojai, CA 93023
A great way to explore and appreciate the beauty of Ojai is on horseback. The Ojai Valley Trail Riding Company offers several different rides. The River Valley Trail is a one-hour ride for those six years old and older (with a 230 pound weight limit). For families with children younger than 6, you can participate in a pony ride on the ranch. After the ride, children create their own “magic horseshoe” as a special souvenir of their adventure.
Ojai Valley Museum
130 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai, CA
If you’re interested in the history of Ojai, make plans to visit the Ojai Valley Museum. In this small museum, families will find exhibits depicting the evolution of Ojai Valley, including exhibits related to the Chumash culture, art by a local Ojai family, a Chumash Interpretative Garden, and more. In addition, the Museum offers weekly 90-minute walking tours of downtown Ojai each Saturday morning. Suggested donation for admission is $5 for adults, $1 for children (6-17), and free for children younger than 6. The Museum is closed on Mondays.
The Mob Shop
110 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai, CA 93023
Another great way to explore Ojai is while pedaling through Ojai. The Mob Shop offers a variety of different guided tours, depending on the experience level of the bike riders in your family. Or if you’d prefer to explore Ojai at a more leisurely pace, they also rent bicycles and can make recommendations for trails you should check out. The Mob Shop is closed Tuesdays.
111 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, CA 93023
When you need a quiet, calm activity head inside to the Ojai Library. Check ahead because you may be able to coordinate your visit during a special event such as a puppet show, arts and crafts, story time, and more.
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