Things to do in Santa Paula

Santa Paula is nestled among the lemon, orange, and avocado orchards of the Heritage Valley, the last great citruscape in California. Rising to the north and south of the city, the picturesque San Cayetano and Oakridge mountain ranges are incised by the free-flowing waters of Santa Paula Creek and the Santa Clara River. The beauty of the oak-studded natural landscape is complemented by a wide variety of attractions and activities in the city.

Annual Events
Santa Paula celebrates its heritage and culture with special events throughout the year! From the Santa Paula Art and Photography Show in February to the year-end downtown Christmas Parade, there is a fun family event for everyone. Popular annual attractions like the Citrus Festival and the Citrus Classic Balloon Festival in July, Moonlight at the Ranch in the Fall and the Pumpkin Patch at Faulkner Farm throughout October, attract many thousands of visitors to the City.

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Cultural Attractions

Aviation Museum of Santa Paula
This unusual "chain-of-hangars" museum chronicles the aviation history of Santa Paula Airport, founded in 1930. The airport is home to many antique and experimental aircraft. Tours available.
Open on the first Sunday of the month and by appointment.
(805) 525-1109

California Oil Museum
Rotating exhibits of science, technology, transportation, history, and art are presented throughout the year. The permanent petroleum exhibits tell the story of the black bonanza that created wealth, work, and prosperity for generations of Californians. Tours daily and by appointment. National Register Historic Site. Operated by the City of Santa Paula.
Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 AM - 4 PM.
1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula
(805) 933-0076

 

Agriculture Museum
Permanent exhibits using rare historical photographs and interactive elements, as well as changing exhibits and exciting events, tell the story of Ventura County’s farming and ranching tradition. Starting with Mission times, visitors can trace the County’s evolution into one of the nation’s most productive growing regions, and learn what innovations are in store for an industry that presently employs more than 30,000 county residents.
Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 AM - 4 PM.
926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula
(805) 525-3100

Santa Paula Train Depot and Railroad Plaza Park
An original 1887 Southern Pacific Railroad Depot is the home today of the Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce & Gift Store. Visitors can shop for local gift items and obtain tourist information. Railroad Park features a gazebo, landscaped grounds and gardens, a towering 1879 Moreton Bay fig tree, and a life-size outdoor bronze sculpture, The Warning. The Depot still welcomes train enthusiasts aboard the antique Fillmore & Western Railway.


Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce
200 N. 10th St, Santa Paula
(805) 525-5561

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Santa Paula Murals
This collection of fine art outdoor murals adorn the walls of downtown buildings in Santa Paula, depicting fascinating chapters and events in the history of the city. Walking tour maps are available at the:

Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce (200 N. Tenth Street, 805-525-5561)

and at the California Oil Museum (1001 E. Main St., 805-933-0076).

Santa Paula Theater Center
One of the finest community live theaters in southern California, plays are presented throughout the year in the 1917 Ebell Club building, a National Register Historic Site.
125 S. 7th St, Santa Paula
(805) 525-4645

 

The Santa Paula Art Museum

The museum is located at 117 North 10th Street in beautiful downtown Santa Paula, California. The museum is open Wednesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $4.00 for Adults, $3.00 for Seniors and FREE for Students and our Members. For more information, please call (805) 525-5554, or email info@santapaulaartmuseum.org

Historic Sites
Santa Paula is home to thirty-one registered historic sites, more than any other city in Ventura County! They encompass multiple eras of noted architectural design, from Victorian and Gothic to Craftsman and Eastlake. The city hosts four National Register Historic Sites still accessible to the public today: an 1890 oil company headquarters, an 1895 Queen Anne home, a 1911 Craftsman hotel, and a 1917 community clubhouse. Many sites are the graceful historic homes of Santa Paula Street, which date to the late 1800s. Specialty sites include California's first oil well (1867) and the campsite of the 1769 Gaspar de Portola Expedition of the Spanish Crown.

Recreation

Los Padres National Forest
This rugged mountainous terrain is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, backpackers, hikers, fisherman, and bicyclists.
1190 E. Ojai Ave, Ojai, CA
(805) 646-4348

Mountain View Golf Course
A scenic 18-hole golf course bounded by the Santa Clara River and the red cliffs of South Mountain.
16799 South Mountain Rd, Santa Paula
(805) 525-1571

Santa Paula Community Par 3 Golf Course
17081 South Mountain Rd, Santa Paula
(805) 525-4928

Santa Paula Skate Park
Veterans Park, corner, 10th St & Ventura St, Santa Paula
SPA_Skaters@hotmail.com

 

Santa Paula Bike Path
The brand new Santa Paula bike path currently takes you alongside the train tracks from 12th Street to Peck Road and features beautiful landscaping, rest stops and a scenic tour of this section of Santa Paula.

Shopping

Santa Paula hosts a variety of shops, specialty stores, hometown businesses, galleries, restaurants, and antique stores. The two main business corridors are the historic downtown Main Street area and the Harvard Boulevard thoroughfare. Shopping and business attractions are presented on the Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce website.

Tours

The cultural, historical, and scenic attractions of Santa Paula are perfect for group tours. Santa Paula tours are geared to reach a wide variety of groups, including schools, seniors, hotels, commercial operators, trade associations, community organizations, and the general public. Tours are offered by several organizations in the city.

Agri-Adventure Tours
   Limoneira Co, (866) 321-9995

Museum Tours
   California Oil Museum, (805) 933-0076
   Aviation Museum of Santa Paula, (805) 525-1109

Murals Walking Tours
   Santa Paula Murals, (805) 525-2824
   Please contact the California Oil Museum to make tour arrangements.

 

California Oil Museum
 

Santa Paula Murals Project
 
Santa Paula Theater
 
Historic Downtown Santa Paula
 
Historic Depot and Fig Tree
 
Santa Paula Aviation Museum
 
Beautiful Santa Clara River Valley
 
Historic Homes and Sites

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Photographs used in this website taken by Craig Mailloux, copyright 2006

 

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