Camarillo boasts favorable weather year-round, making it a prime destination for both indoor and outdoor sporting events. It is idyllically situated just shy of an hour north of Los Angeles and a short half-hour drive to the beach. Surrounded by green fields and a steady sea breeze, Camarillo is nestled amongst the Conejo foothills, making for stunning mountainous milieus spotted throughout the city.
A historically significant SoCal city, Camarillo’s history began with the Camarillo family, namely Adolfo Camarillo and his brother, Juan Jr., who owned much of the land that is known today as Camarillo. Adolfo Camarillo, in particular, was a prominent rancher, horse breeder, land owner and philanthropist in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and remnants of his and his family’s historical significance are still trickled throughout this charming Californian town.
Camarillo is home to an abundance of world-class sports facilities and events. Community parks, aquatic centers and vast open fields make up the city’s state-of-the-art sports complexes. Previously held world-class sporting events in Camarillo have been the USSSA Memorial Day tournament for baseball, featuring more than 90 participating teams, and the USA Softball Western Nationals, a 10U and 12U division tournament with more than 75 competing teams from Arizona, Washington, Oregon and California. For two back-to-back weekends in May 2019, Pleasant Valley Fields will be hosting the 26th Annual California Strawberry Cup, the region’s leading American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) tournament.
Notable Recent/Upcoming Events
- USA Softball Western Nationals at Mission Oaks Park (July 30-August 5, 2018)
- Strawberry Cup at PV Fields (May 2018)
- USSSA Memorial Day Tournament at Bob Kildee and Freedom Parks
- Eagles Spring Classic at PV Fields (March 2018)
CVB/Sports Commissions Services Offered
- Site Visits
- Lodging Services
- Itinerary Development
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- Pleasant Valley Fields
- Freedom Park
- Mission Oaks Park
- Bob Kildee Community Park
- Pleasant Valley Aquatic Center
- Camarillo Community Center Park
- Camarillo Grove Park
Pleasant Valley Fields
Home to the AYSO Region 68, Eagles Soccer Club and the Pleasant Valley Recreation Park District’s adult softball and kickball programs, Pleasant Valley Fields extends 46 acres and now uses reclaimed water to irrigate the natural turf. Amenities at this state-of-the-art sports complex include 23 acres of turf lights for sports use, enough for over 10 FIFA sized soccer fields and three permanent softball fields, a playground and picnic area, restrooms, a storage room and classroom/meeting room, snack bar, half-mile walking path and 585 parking stalls. In May, Pleasant Valley Fields will host the Strawberry Cup AYSO Tournament.
Sports: Soccer, softball, kickball
Freedom Park features BMX and RC racing tracks, an incline hockey rink, a baseball complex and playground. This 33.86-acre park is conveniently located at the Camarillo Airport. The facility’s Freedom Park Baseball Complex includes four youth and one adult lighted baseball fields. Freedom Park BMX Raceway is a state-of-the-art dirt track open for BMX racing and practice. Freedom Park In-Line Hockey Rink is the city’s leading roller hockey rink, and amenities at the park include picnic tables, grills, horseshoe pits, a playground and restrooms. The park also features a gymnasium, the main facility for the Camarillo Youth Basketball Association. The facility has previously hosted the USA Softball Western Nationals and the USSSA Memorial Day Tournament.
Sports: Hockey, BMX, baseball, softball, basketball
Mission Oaks Park
An ideal destination for softball tournaments, family picnics, birthday parties and business retreats, Mission Oaks Park is one of the district’s most reserved facility due to its stunning natural beauty, ample open space, playground, tennis courts, picnic shelters and abundance of available parking. World-class amenities at the park include three lighted softball fields, home of the Camarillo Girls Softball Association, three picnic shelters, six lighted tennis courts, lighted walkways and benches, grills, restrooms, a concession stand, drinking fountain, grass volleyball poles, a designated off-leash dog area and various multipurpose fields.
Sports: Softball, tennis, volleyball
Bob Kildee Community Park
Bob Kildee Community Park is a 12.95-acre park, and is one of the oldest and most frequently visited parks in the Camarillo area. Established in 1988, the facility’s Pleasant Valley Skate Park became one of the state’s only public skate parks, averaging several hundred skaters per day. Amenities at Bob Kildee Community Park include a new restroom structure, new play equipment, six lighted tennis courts, handball courts, a snack bar, horseshoe pits, soccer fields, picnic shelters with barbecue grills and three lighted baseball fields. The facility was former home to the USSSA Memorial Day Tournament.
Sports: Pickleball, skateboarding, tennis, baseball
Pleasant Valley Aquatic Center
Part of Bob Kildee Community Park, Pleasant Valley Aquatic Center is home to the Pleasant Valley Swim Team, featuring special events, swim lessons for all ages, water fitness classes, lap swimming and more. The aquatic center is dedicated to enriching the community through a variety of aquatic programs and to provide safe water practices in all aquatic environments. At the facility, sports planners are greeted with a one-meter diving board, 65-foot spiral water slide, an outdoor patio, locker rooms, shower rooms, office spaces, a pool holding approximately 210,000 gallons of water with eight swimming lanes, an outdoor splash zone and a hydraulic lift.
Sports: Swimming, diving
Camarillo Community Center Park
Camarillo Community Center Park is a 13-acre facility, home to the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District’s Administrative Offices, Community Center, Senior Center, auditorium and seven classrooms. The park has hosted numerous special events throughout the years, including the Christmas Parade, Easter Extravaganza and Craft Fair, Halloween in the Park, Age +50 Expo, Ventura County Wii Bowling Tournament, Military/Veterans Expo, Community Rummage sales and more. World-class amenities at the park include outdoor fitness equipment, a covered picnic shelter, barbeque grill, paved courtyard, play equipment, horseshoe pits, restrooms, a parking lot and a large open area used for sports and special events.
Camarillo Grove Park
A former stagecoach stop and home to the oldest tree in the district, Camarillo Grove Park is nestled in a rustic setting at the base of Conejo Grade. The park boasts five designated areas that can be rented for groups and events ranging from 50 to 350 people. The park features an outdoor nature center, hiking trails, Camarillo Grove Dog Park, covered picnic shelters, restrooms, picnic tables, barbecue grills, group picnic areas, play equipment and horseshoe pits.
Sports: Cross-country, biking
Things to do in Camarillo
Players, family members and spectators can shop until they drop at Camarillo Premium Outlets, the city’s leading shopping center. Conveniently located off Highway 101, just 50 miles north of Los Angeles, Camarillo premium outlets features 160 retailers, including Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Adidas, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, Lululemon Athletica, and many more. Visitors can take a short break from shopping and catch a flick at the outlet’s IMAX Edwards Camarillo Palace Stadium movie theater.
A Queen Anne Victorian home built in 1892 by Adolfo Camarillo, Camarillo Ranch House is a historic mansion with peaceful, park-like grounds. Teams and families can step back in time and experience daily life during the 19th century, with docent-guided tours throughout the property’s 15 rooms, Adolfo’s study and ranch office.
A facility featuring vintage aircraft and other military artifacts, Commemorative Air Force Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of WWII aircraft. The museum honors American military aviation through flight, exhibition, and remembrance; visitors can take a tour of the museum Tuesday through Sunday and gaze upon its 12 WWII era aircrafts, including a Curtiss C-46F Commando, Gruman F6F Hellcat and Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero.
Camarillo Old Town offers a profusion of delectable restaurants, bars, boutique shops, salons and home services, exemplifying the essence of this quaint SoCal town. Old Town holds a number of community events throughout the year, so be sure to check out the Events Calendar for any exciting local events happening during your stay!
A certified organic local farm, McGrath Family Farm offers private and group tours, along with tomato, winter squash and pumpkin picking opportunities when weather is permitting.
Camarillo offers a SoCal experience without the heavy price tag – Experience small town hospitality and great sports facilities in this charming town. Our year-round warm California climate, multitude of lodging options, and off the field attractions make us an ideal partner for your next sports tournament.
Camarillo Hotel & Tourism Association (Visit Camarillo)
How to Get to Camarillo
By Land: Situated in the heart of Southern California near Los Angeles, Camarillo neighbors several other major Golden State cities, such as Ventura, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, Long Beach, Palm Springs, San Diego and Bakersfield. Other major U.S. cities located within a 10-hour drive from Camarillo are Phoenix, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City.
By Air: Los Angeles International Airport, otherwise known as LAX, lies one hour southeast of Camarillo, serving the greater Los Angeles area. With more than 1,500 daily landings and takeoffs, LAX is the world’s fifth busiest airport and holds the record for the world’s busiest origin and destination airport.
Company Name: Camarillo Hotel & Tourism Association (Visit Camarillo)
Contact: Yuliana Gonzalez
Title: Executive Director