Serra Cross Park

Serra Cross Park, Ventura: Address, Serra Cross Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Serra Cross Park
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MidwestLiketoTravel
Midwest325 contributions
What A View!
Sep 2021
The view of the ocean and city of Ventura is worth the short drive up to Serra Cross Park. Obviously, you can also walk it if you wish. Once there, you get 360 degree views but the ocean and beaches right in front of the cross are impressive. On the Sunday morning we were there, it was a mix of people from popup yoga aficionados to dog walkers to meditators to tourists like us. There were plenty of benches to sit and enjoy the view. Lots of plant life here allows for many bees and hummingbirds to partake in the nectars (and be available for pictures). Although this morning was slightly hazy, we could still see a couple of the Channel Islands in the distance.
Written September 29, 2021
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NormKeith
Azusa, CA1,759 contributions
Tranquil
Jul 2021
We started our little over 2 mile one way hick at the Ventura Botanical Gardens to Sierra Cross Park, Father Sierra. My wife found several stones along the trail with different sayings on them. When we got to the Cross and after a dozen young people with their leader left the area was very peaceful. The Cross and the view was amazing. It was worth the walk even though we found that you can drive to the park which we did later in the day when it was clearer.
Written July 14, 2021
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hstevens001
82 contributions
Huge hangout for local teens at sunset…. Local hangout and maybe drinking spot
Jun 2021 • Friends
The view is wonderful and there are numerous hummingbirds flying around.

The downside is this seems to be a huge hangout for local teens at night, some of whom are here drinking alcohol and blocking the view for others.
Written June 16, 2021
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Bob P
Oxnard, CA152 contributions
Beautiful place to view the Channel Islands
Sep 2020
Relaxing and quiet place to view the coast. Bring a foldable beach chair and a book, soothing experience.
Written November 14, 2020
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Bill H
Vienna, United States5 contributions
Beautiful View!
Oct 2020
Nice day and you can see the entire coastline of Ventura, Ca.! Well maintained flowers and shrubbery.
Written October 5, 2020
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regis k
Arcadia, CA1,470 contributions
Magnificent Sunset view
Aug 2020 • Couples
What a view of the Ventura beach and the city. This vantage point also has the best view of the sunset in Ventura. Erected by Mission Buenaventura, one of several Missions planted by Father Junipero Serra in the 1700’s, this highly visible cross served as a road sign for travelers in search of the Mission. The cross has been lost to elements many times, but it is always replaced and continues to stand above Ventura. Today, this Cross is still a land mark in Ventura city and the land where the cross sits was dedicated as Serra Cross Park within Grant Park recently.

We had passed by this area many times on our way to Santa Barbara but never had a chance to visit here. Today, being the weekend, we finally decide to come to Venture to visit the pier and the Serra Cross Park. After, finished walking on the pier and had lunch, we drove about 10 minutes to reach the Cross Park.

What a view!! From the park, we had a panoramic view of the city and the beach. Since this is part of Grant Park, we hiked to take advantages of many great trails at Grant Park. We planned that we would hike first before coming back to the Cross Park to enjoy the sunset in the evening.

There are several hiking trails at Grant Park. We chose the one that goes up from the Cross Park. Once we reached the top, we had another magnificent view of the mountains and the beach. That view was just awesome.

After the hike, we came down to the Cross Park around 7PM just in time to see the sunset. With the amazing white scale-like clouds, the sunset view from this vantage point was just spectacular with red and orange colors splashed all over the hills surrounding the Cross. We saw many people were just sitting around the benches over the Park, rejoicing and totally emerging in the beauty of the sunset scenery. What a way to end a day!

There are many parking spots at the Park and you can park your car along the road as well.
Written August 16, 2020
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Sun4me247
Banner Elk, NC54 contributions
Hidden gem!
Mar 2020
Just above the Ventura City Hall is a beautiful winding road that leads to spectacular views and this beautiful cross that commemorates the Franciscan Order that first erected a cross here in 1793, I believe. So worth the short drive from the coast!
Written March 6, 2020
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John S
Kapolei, HI146 contributions
Panoramic ocean view of the City of Ventura, California.
Feb 2020
Drive up the hill from Downtown Ventura with the family. Take a picnic lunch. Enjoy the fabulous view! Parking is free. Please don't leave any trash in the park. It's one of the quiet treasures of California.
Written March 5, 2020
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theclaw1982
Fillmore, CA47 contributions
beautiful view reasonably within reach
Oct 2019
Really nice view just a short drive from downtown ventura. The gardens/landscaping is well kept, the hummingbirds were cute
Written March 5, 2020
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George O
Heaven1,069 contributions
Absolutely gorgeous views of Ventura and the Pacific
Jan 2020
Our group went at 10 am and thoroughly enjoyed the experience! The views of Ventura and the valley along with the Pacific Ocean are incredible. It was very peaceful and well kept. Use caution on the road.
Written February 22, 2020
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