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The Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center at Channel Islands National Park

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Address: 1901 Spinnaker Dr, Ventura, CA 93001-4354
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Visitor's center is ok...the beach is where it's at

The visitor's center is your typical visitor's center. However, the view across the street of the beach is amazing. On a clear day, I'm sure you can see the Channel Islands. Even... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Cora W
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San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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92 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The visitor's center is your typical visitor's center. However, the view across the street of the beach is amazing. On a clear day, I'm sure you can see the Channel Islands. Even if it's not clear, the beach is amazing.

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African safaris
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviewed 12 April 2017

great information and a must if going to channel islands. Island Packers great choice to use. Very informative.

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Davis, California
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21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2017

Can't make it to the Channel Islands? The next best thing is a visit to the Visitor Center on the mainland. Right outside the center is the Island Garden. It is small but is beautifully landscaped with native plants found on the islands. There is an adorable art installation of PVC sculptures of island species of birds, reptiles and mammals.... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

The Channel Islands Visitor Center was informative and nicely laid out. The staff and volunteers were very helpful. It was a nice way to learn more about the National Seashore. Oh, and it is free!

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Thank GAmigo
California
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41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

We stopped in here while walking around Ventura harbor. It's a super informative visitor center. There are exhibits about the biodiversity on each of the islands along with great specimens of the species that live within the park. They have a real tide pool where you can see some fish and other creatures. The movie on the islands was probably... More 

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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

Center has a tide pool display with live plants and animals and a nice display of information about the Channel Islands and the local area. Not huge, but big enought to interest the children. They do offer short films to watch and of course, some souvenirs are available. Worth the stop.

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Downey
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

A day that started with wind and rain turn out to be a fine shinny bright day, my Family and I stop at this very small but very informative visitor center that today were celebrating their 37th anniversary, we learn about the five Islands that form this magnificent national sanctuary, The Channel Islands often call the North American Galapagos. We're... More 

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Colleyville, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

The visitor center is easy to get to with a large free parking lot across the street. The Rangers were very gung-ho about the Islands and provided a lot of information. There is a movie that is well worth watching that gives a good overview on the islands and the flora and fauna that inhabit them. A lot of the... More 

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Kensington, Maryland
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176 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017

We haven't been to this National Park, but this visit made us interested in going. The film was excellent and gave good information.

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Thank photobug429
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18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

The visitors center is very easy to get to. It's small but the kids enjoyed the gift shop/info center for a good 15-20 minutes. That's about how long it took to see the ocean exhibit with a fun little variety of sea life. There were informational videos about the islands. The upstairs observation look out was nice as it pointed... More 

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