Welcome to Santa Paula
About Santa Paula
Among the orchards of the fertile Santa Clara River Valley is Santa Paula
, a city that is proud to be considered the “Citrus Capital of the World”. The city covers 4.7 square miles, 4.6 miles of land, and 0.1 miles of water. Located on the north bank of the Santa Clara River, the surrounding area is covered in native horticulture and fruit orchards. Downtown’s Main Street features some of the oldest homes in the city, with architecture that includes Victorian-style houses and craftsman homes.
For families with school-age children, the Santa Paula Unified School District
has serviced the city since 2013. There are eight schools in the district: Barbara Webster Elementary; Bedell Elementary; Blanchard Elementary School District; Glen City Elementary; Grace Thille Elementary; Isbell Middle School; McKevett Elementary; Renaissance High School; and Santa Paula High School. Parents in the district are proud of how hard each school’s teachers and educators work to provide an exceptional learning environment to students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
Things to Do
If you have an interest in history and want to explore the interesting architecture of your new city, take a walk through downtown Santa Paula
to see the buildings and homes that are still standing after more than a century in the California sunshine. Stroll down Main Street and you’ll see a variety of homes built during the late 19th century, including the Baker House. Texan Jack Baker moved to Santa Paula and became well-known in the town for his ability with horses and his foot racing. In 1898, he built a Queen Anne-style house that is today one of Ventura County’s historical landmarks. In October, the city hosts a guided tour of the older neighborhoods called Ghost Walk
. The tour is based on the city’s history and features actors that play ghosts of early residents that tell the story of their life and their eventual demise.
The California Oil Museum
highlights the history of oil in California and the impact it had on the people. The museum itself is located in the Santa Paula Hardware Company Building, which was the birthplace of the Union Oil Company in 1890. Photographs, working models, interactive displays, gas station artifacts, videos, and turn-of-the-century tools give visitors a taste of what it was like during the golden days of the oil boom. There are also educational activities for all ages available in the Energy Education Lab, which focuses on alternative energy and earth science.
If you are interested in a challenging day hike, the popular Santa Paula Canyon Falls and Punch Bowls
is a six-mile out-and-back trail in the Los Padres National Forest
. The trail is dog-friendly but has many steep drop-offs and high cliffs, making leashes required. If you’re brave enough to continue on, the trail winds along the shady banks of Santa Paula Creek and, just past Big Cone Camp, is a stunning 25-feet waterfall. There are also swimming holes along the way, making it the perfect hike for a hot summer day.