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We’re back! Must-see attractions that have reopened in Camarillo

After 15 long months of COVID-19 safety restrictions, indoor attractions across Camarillo are back in business! Once again locals and visitors can spend sunny, relaxing days immersing themselves in history, browsing art galleries, swimming, knocking down pins at the bowling alley and more. 

Here’s a list of must-see attractions that have reopened in Camarillo and what you need to know when planning your next summer adventure! Check back often for more information as we continue to make updates.

Museums, arts & culture

Camarillo Ranch 

201 Camarillo Ranch Road, Camarillo, CA

Raise a glass to Camarillo history! Camarillo Ranch, once home to the city’s eponymous founding family, is now open for receptions, including weddings and special events. The Queen Anne Victorian recently got a fresh coat of paint to look her best for the summer wedding season. And here’s a non-wedding save the date for foodies everywhere: The Taste of Camarillo Wine, Brew & Food Festival will be held at the ranch on July 25. Enjoy live entertainment, boutique shopping and tastings from over 150 breweries, wineries, restaurants and more!

Commemorative Air Force Museum 

455 Aviation Drive, #9501, Camarillo, CA

Calling all aviation enthusiasts: The Commemorative Air Force SoCal Wing (CAFSoCal) is open again for tours, rides and events. This nonprofit, all-volunteer organization is dedicated to preserving the history of combat aircraft flown by all military services of the United States. On Aug. 21 and 22, come see them soar and listen to the roar of their engines at the 40th annual Wings Over Camarillo Air Show! This family-friendly event will feature planes performing pyrotechnics and parachute teams jumping in formation.

Photo Credit: @fontucky_alejo

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, CA

The legacy of America’s 40th president lives on at The Ronald Reagan President Library, which offers more than 125,000 square feet of exhibits highlighting Reagan’s values, actions, and spirit of determination. Don’t forget to step outside to smell the flowers in the recreated White House Rose Garden and take in stunning views of the rolling hills and mountains.

Photo Credit: @sciartcenter

Studio Channel Islands

2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, CA

Have you missed going to art galleries? Stop by Studio Channel Islands for an unforgettable experience. Nestled in the heart of Old Town Camarillo, select studios will reopen for visitors on the first Saturday of the month. As many as 40 of the area’s best artists will welcome visitors into their studios to watch them create sculptures, paintings and multimedia pieces up-close and personal. The event includes free admission and free parking. Studio Channel Islands also presents national and international art exhibitions, hosts live performances, education programs and special events. Make a day of it by having lunch at a local restaurant and browsing the shops in Old Town!

Photo Credit: @traveling_jen

Pleasant Valley Historical Society and Museum

720 Las Posas Road, Camarillo

On Saturdays and Sundays, transport back in time to the early 1900s at the Pleasant Valley Historical Society and Museum. The museum has an extensive collection of historical photographs, art and artifacts documenting the rich heritage of Camarillo and nearby regions. The Charles L. Honn Botanical Garden surrounding the museum is filled with shady trees and fragrant native flowers and plants. It’s the perfect place to breathe in fresh air and wander!

Recreation

Pleasant Valley Aquatic Center

1030 Temple Ave. Camarillo, CA

Located at Bob Kildee Community Park, the Pleasant Valley Aquatic Center is more than just a pool. It’s a swimmer’s paradise with eight dedicated lap lanes, a diving board, 65-foot spiral water slide, hydraulic life, and outdoor splash zone and patio. Families can spend the whole day staying cool at the aquatic center and picnicking at the park. If you’re looking for an extra thrill, there’s currently a waiting list open for specialty classes for scuba diving, snorkeling, and more! Take a class then put your new underwater skills to the test at Channel Islands National Park

Harley’s Camarillo Bowl

305 Arneill Road, Camarillo, CA

Let the good times roll at Harley’s Camarillo Bowl, which is open again and taking reservations for bowling. This family-friendly attraction is perfect for all ages, whether you’re planning a multigenerational trip, a weekend with friends, or a fun date. Fill up on cheesy-delicious slices and refreshing drinks at the Rock and Roll and then grab some quarters and go crazy at the arcade, whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart!

Photo Credit: @dammitmel

Coming Soon…

Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology

439 Calle San Pablo, Camarillo, CA

Home to one of the world’s largest preserved collections of birds, eggs, and nests, the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology is expected to open in late summer or early fall. Can’t wait until then? Visit the foundation’s website for access to virtual classes! 

Ready to hit the road for Camarillo? Start planning your trip today!

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