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

1901 Spinnaker Dr, Ventura, CA 93001-4354
+1 805-658-5730
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Excellent small polace to view sea life, history

Go visit this small center showing a variety of live sealife in an ocean environment. Good place... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
ANonyMouse45
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Long Beach, California
Interesting with a great view

Dropped by here the last time we had Pirate Day in Ventura Harbor. Not only do they have neat... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Tvlr8
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Camarillo, California
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1901 Spinnaker Dr, Ventura, CA 93001-4354
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"observation tower"
in 8 reviews
"channel islands"
in 62 reviews
"minute film"
in 4 reviews
"small aquarium"
in 4 reviews
"native plants"
in 6 reviews
"great film"
in 2 reviews
"ocean exhibit"
in 2 reviews
"five islands"
in 2 reviews
"lobster"
in 5 reviews
"ventura harbor"
in 8 reviews
"harbor seals"
in 3 reviews
"great for kids"
in 2 reviews
"across the street"
in 5 reviews
"for sale"
in 3 reviews
"boat ride"
in 4 reviews
"marine life"
in 2 reviews
"gift shop"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Go visit this small center showing a variety of live sealife in an ocean environment. Good place to get an overview of the islands.

Thank ANonyMouse45
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dropped by here the last time we had Pirate Day in Ventura Harbor. Not only do they have neat little tanks with local wildlife, but after a short walk, you can take a peek out of the tower window of the harbor and environs. Great...More

Thank Tvlr8
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

This visitor's center is a good introduction to the Channel islands national park. Stop here for a short movie on NP's history and efforts to restore the land and give wildlife their home back. They also have a small park build to showcase the island...More

Thank Dhwani P
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Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

This is the small but well done main Isidore center for the Channel Islands national park. There are well done displays aimed at youngsters and a great garden of native plants. I wish we had gone there before landscaping our California home! Nice gift shop...More

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Reviewed 7 December 2017

I live locally. My niece LOVES to go to the "harbor" which is the Visitor Center, which includes two animals that are not live (the dolphin and seal) that she likes to sit on and likes to climb outside the Visitor Center. She also likes...More

Thank Foody00
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Reviewed 30 November 2017

After spending one night in Ventura, I wanted to stop at this Visitor Center, planning to pick up a few brochures on local attractions. Visiting this modern facility located between the marina and the sand was very enjoyable. A docent immediately greeted us and informed...More

Thank Eileen O
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Reviewed 18 November 2017

We took the free shuttle bus from Downtown and explored the visitors centre; there is plenty to see inside and outside and the climb up the observation tower is interesting and informative. Once you are at the top, there are great views and it's a...More

Thank glamourpuss1000
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Reviewed 25 September 2017

Call the center to find out what time the ranger will be speaking and FEEDING the fish in the main exhibit tank! Enjoy the movie, static exhibits, and knowledgeable staff. Even if you can't take a boat out to the actual park, enjoy the center...More

Thank Lee T
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Reviewed 17 September 2017

Channel Islands National Park headquarters with a great tide pool exhibit and film about the Islands. Most visitors do not make it to the offshore islands and this facity does a good job of exposing visitors to the wonders of the Channel Islands.

Thank Cavydad
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Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

This is a great was to see what Channel Islands NP has to offer. There are fantastic exhibits and films shown (for free). The national park service does not run ferry boats out to the islands. A private company called Island Packers takes care of...More

Thank JNFII
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