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The Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center at Channel Islands National Park
Ranked #6 of 72 things to do in Ventura
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 6 April 2014

We visited the visitor center on the day before the boat trip to Santa Cruz Island. It was a sunny day, and we were able to see the Anacapa and Santa Cruz islands from the visitor center. Our kids also enjoyed the junior ranger program, exploring the garden.

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Reviewed 2 April 2014

Visit the center and make sure to see the film. It gives an excellent background perspective to the area, the Channel Islands, and the native people.

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Reviewed 1 April 2014

They have a small shop and exhibits about the plants and animals that inhabit the Channel Islands. The volunteer told us lots of interesting things and they sell videos, books, bookmarks and magnets. Although I have not taken a tour of the Channel Islands, I have seen Huell Houser's video that he did for California's Gold. Whether you are a visitor to California or live here, watch his videos on public t.v. and you will get informed and be inspired to see everywhere he visited.

The ocean is right across the street and there were only a couple of people on the beach. Parking was free on the street.

2  Thank Default33009
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Reviewed 3 March 2014

The visitor center isn't big but it is very informative about the Channel Islands located off the coast.of Ventura Harbor, California. There are exhibits of many of the island animals, including a very small fox that is native to the islands. Several exhibits explains the history and wildlife on the islands. A small glass tide pool sits in the middle of the floor with some starfish and a dark cave with a lobster.

In the large outside lobby are replicas of the islands. Also outside is a native plants exhibit so you can get an idea of the interesting plants that inhabit the channel islands. Upstairs is an observation deck that one can even see the islands when the weather is clear.

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Reviewed 28 November 2013

I'm always amazed by the quality of the the CI National Park Visitor Center. It's informative, interesting and fun. Interesting displays and knowledgable docents. Be sure to catch the beautiful view from the observation tower.

1  Thank LwindVta
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