While visiting Ventura, we decided to take a tour of Ventura Harbor. There are unique shops, like hat stores, trinket shops, and gift shops. There are a few restaurants too. We went to the Greek one and it was fantastic. The views of the harbor are really cool. We also took a guided tour of the harbor in a boat. My daughter really enjoyed it. The captain was very personable, gave a lot of history, and it was really cheap! Can't beat that! A week later, we went on a whale watching adventure which was AMAZING. We had to make a reservation and while out to sea, dolphins were riding the waves of our boat. We also saw a blue whale. There is a lot to do at the harbor. I wouldn't say you spend your entire day there but the beach is right across the street. The max I've ever spent there, including dinner is 3 hours. I would recommend Milano's and the Greek restaurant. Two of my faves!