Things to Do in Ojai

From the very beginning, Ojai has been known for its resort-like environment and lush fertile valley. Many consider it a well-kept secret; however, it didn’t start off that way. In the late 1800’s Ojai, then called Nordhoff, was advertised in eastern newspapers and was proclaimed as the “great sanitarium and health resort of California.” There was even a contest offering free land to whoever would build a hotel. In 1874, Abram W. Blumberg answered that challenge by constructing the Nordhoff Hotel, also known as the Ojai Valley House, and finally as the Ojai Inn. This original Ojai hotel was demolished in 1917 but it began a trend. Other resorts followed and by the turn of the century there were over 10 resorts, lodges, hotels and inns in our small hidden valley. In 1898, the Ventura River and Ojai Valley Railroad built a branch line to the Ojai Valley, thus encouraging growth by providing better access to farmers at the east end of the valley and promoting tourism. The tracks maybe gone today; however, the right-away still exists and now serves as a pedestrian, bike, and equestrian path that extends from Ojai to the Pacific Ocean.

Not much has changed in Ojai over the years and that’s what makes it so special. It may give the impression that there is not much to do in Ojai. Well, that is not the case and that is why the Things to Do While in Ojai list was created. For more than 100 years Ojai has been known as a destination with many wonderful things to do and see. Now, with the Things to Do While in Ojai list, the secret is out! Make your reservations today and visit Ojai.

Here are 100 fun things for you to do while visiting the Ojai Valley:

  1. Attend one of our weekend Special Events!
  2. Take a Hike
  3. Stay in one of Ojai Hospitality Group’s Inns – Su Nido & Casa Ojai
  4. Enjoy a Pink Moment
  5. Go Fishing
  6. Go Jeeping in Ojai
  7. Find one of our many watering holes
  8. Boating at Lake Casitas
  9. Waterpark adventure
  10. Take a walk
  11. Watch the sunrise/sunset
  12. Treat yourself to a Spa
  13. Golf anyone?
  14. Helicopter e-ticket
  15. Go on a Horseback Ride
  16. Go Whale watching
  17. Go Kayaking in the Ocean or at Lake Casitas
  18. Go Climb a Rock
  19. View Ojai’s Valley from Meditation Mount
  20. Shop until you drop
  21. Tennis Anyone?
  22. Read a book at the famous Bart’s Books
  23. Art anyone? Too many artists to list!
  24. Beer tasting!
  25. Hang out at the beach, just 15 minutes away from Ojai.
  26. Learn how Olive Oil is made
  27. Tour the Ojai Museum
  28. Bird watching & listening
  29. House or Vacation home shopping
  30. Take a Yoga Class
  31. Listen to Live Music at Jester’s
  32. Wine tasting
  33. Go Canoeing on Lake Casitas
  34. Get a cup of Joe
  35. Ride a trolley
  36. Star Gazing
  37. Farmer’s Market every Sunday 9 am – 1 pm
  38. Experience Ojai Day
  39. View Fine Art at some of the shops in the Village
  40. Take a stroll in Libbey Park
  41. Ojai’s Music Fest
  42. Take a Buggy Ride in the Village
  43. Play with your dog at Soule Dog Park
  44. Experience Nature at its Finest
  45. Relax in a hot spring
  46. Ride a century
  47. Enjoy an authentic Ojai Pizza at Ojai Pizza
  48. Gotta try Bocalli’s strawberry short cake
  49. Visit the Skateboard Park
  50. Experience Rose Valle Falls
  51. See a Live show at the Ojai Arts Center
  52. Hike shelf road to see the quilt patching of Ojai’s orchards
  53. Ojai’s Oktoberfest
  54. Dive into Ojai’s history
  55. Ojai’s Wine Festival
  56. Fish for Large Mouth Bass
  57. Go Yard Sale-ing
  58. Go Surfing
  59. Rent any type of bike electric, mountain or road it’s your choice
  60. Let your children play in the park
  61. Come to the Earth Day celebration
  62. Gotta get some Ice Cream or Yogurt
  63. Cozy up in front of a fire and watch a favorite movie at Su Nido Inn with Popcorn
  64. Hike, Bike & Wine (It’s a fun combo)
  65. Watch a Movie at Ojai Theater
  66. See a play, concert or performance at Libbey Bowl
  67. Agritourism at Friends Ranch
  68. Dine at Ojai’s best
  69. Stroll Ojai’s Arcade and more
  70. Drive through Upper Ojai
  71. Celebrate a Birthday in Ojai
  72. Attend a theater show
  73. Say something nice to a stranger in Ojai
  74. Listen to a story in Ojai
  75. Write a Trip Advisor review about Ojai
  76. Become an artist for the day or longer
  77. Rate your favorite Ojai food dish
  78. Relax and enjoy the Bowlful of Blues festival at Libbey Bowl
  79. Get Married in Ojai
  80. Relax and don’t think about Monday while in Ojai!
  81. Try your luck at Geocaching
  82. Work out while you stay at one of Ojai Hospitality Group’s hotels at Bryant Street Gym
  83. Spot a movie star in Ojai and say nothing
  84. Go to the Ojai Film Festival
  85. Watch the world pass by from the Arcade or Libbey Park benches
  86. Hula Hoop or play the drums in Libbey Park
  87. Drink a beer at Ojai’s Beer Fest.
  88. Find the only carpeted grocery store in Ojai and think only in Ojai
  89. Antique and Thrift store shopping
  90. Pick some lavender or go to a Lavender Festival
  91. Take a cooking class
  92. Buy some fruit from a roadside fruit stand
  93. Take a walk or hike along one of Ojai’s many creeks
  94. Take your picture at the Ojai Lookout on Dennison Grade
  95. Walk the historical points of interest in Ojai
  96. Find a local cowboy or cowgirl and take a picture with them
  97. If you liked any of the last 96 things, schedule time now to come back to Ojai
  98. Make sure to walk all over downtown not to miss out on the small hidden (treasures) stores that are downtown on side streets and more
  99. Get 10% off your stay at Casa Ojai Inn if you can guess where the below black and white picture was taken. (Hint, it is in the Arcade!)
  100. Pick up a local Ojai Valley Directory and find another 100 things to do plus find some great coupons for major discounts!
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