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FEB 2017

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February 2017 24 www.sportseventsmagazine.com t SPECIAL Feature a 50-meter competition pool, a 25-meter recreation pool, an activity pool and two slides. The Aquatic Center has hosted the Southern California Swimming Age Group Invitational. "For sports enthusiasts craving surf, sand, sunshine and shopping without the crowds and costs, Ventura County Coast delivers an idyllic coastal experience blending whim- sical seaside attractions with contemporary culture and sporting events, all conveniently located just an hour north of Los Angeles," said Rebekah Evans, executive director of Ventura County Coast. "Known as the gateway to the Central Coast of California, Ventura County Coast encompasses four unique cities: Ventura, Camarillo, Oxnard and Port Hueneme. Each city destination conveys a quintessential 'California vibe' without breaking the bank." Another visitor attraction is the nearby Channel Islands National Park. "The newest of the national parks, it encompasses five remarkable islands and can be accessed via Ventura and Oxnard Harbors," Evans said. "Families also love to browse and shop at Ventura Harbor Village, where one-of-kind boutique stores will satisfy Mom and the vintage carousel, arcade and ice cream shop will entertain the kids. A stop at the Camarillo Premium Outlets is a must, along with the local win- eries, breweries and restaurants along Old Town Camarillo and Downtown Ventura." VIRGINIA BEACH, VA Virginia Beach offers a win- ning combination of first-class sports venues and exceptional recreational assets; it boasts 25 multi- purpose fields and 35 miles of beautiful beaches. And the beaches offer not only plenty of surf and sand but also an annual home for the North American Sand Soccer Championships, the USA Ultimate Beach Championships, the East Coast Surfing Championships, the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon and the Shamrock Marathon. "The next time you're headed to Virgin- ia Beach for a sports event with the family, book a few extra days into your trip to enjoy all the fun there is to be had here. From kayaking in Back Bay to ziplining or swinging through the trees at The Ad- venture Park, there is endless family fun to be had in this vibrant coastal city," said Nancy Helman, director of sports market- ing for the Virginia Beach CVB. Virginia Beach's sports venues in- clude the state-of-the-art Virginia Beach Sportsplex; the Hampton Roads Soccer Complex, an outdoor 75-acre soccer mecca; and the six-sport Princess Anne Athletic Complex, with eight lighted tournament-quality softball fields and seven multipurpose playing fields. Virginia Beach Field House, a 175,000-square-foot indoor sports facility, features eight reg- ulation volleyball courts, four basketball courts and six multipurpose turf fields for playing a range of sports. And the Virginia Beach Convention Center hosts a variety of sports events as well. The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center offers another good reason to hang out here after the competition is over, as do Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge; iFLY Virginia Beach, the city's first indoor skydiving complex; the 19- acre Ocean Breeze Waterpark; and the new state-of-the-art golf entertainment complex, Topgolf. n The Adventure Park in Virginia Beach, VA Channel Islands National Park in Ventura County, CA READER'S PICK!

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