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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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The movie, and displays were very interesting and informative. The staff (in particular the older gentleman who is a volunteer there) did a good job answering our questions and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 August 2016
DMFL2000
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

The movie, and displays were very interesting and informative. The staff (in particular the older gentleman who is a volunteer there) did a good job answering our questions and giving us additional information. There's a nice view from their tower and the surrounding area is a nice place to picnic or relax.

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Los Gatos, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Great vidio of the Chanel island national park, about 30 minutes and runs continuous. Rangers will give you all the information you need to decide what Island you would like to visit, well worth the time to visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Who knew? 8 Islands from San Clemente in the south to San Miguel in the North in 3 counties. But go to the visitor center to see, hear and experience the islands as best you can without actually going there. See the tidal pool exhibit, watch a movie and then climb the tower for a great view of ocean and... More 

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Seal Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

We arrived early for our ferry so we walked over to the free visitor center. Lovely, clear presentations about the Channel islands and beautiful tidepool. Takes about 30-40 minutes for a quick walk through.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

Great location and lots of great information on display for adults and children. The live tide pool aquarium inside is awesome. Also the gift shop sells good merchandise. Parking can be tight when crowded, but it's worth it.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016

The center has enough detail to hold an adult's interest and enough models and interactive to hold a child's attention. The ranger gave a very insightful presentation at their tidal pool, try to attend one. (Yes, indoors they have a small tidal pool!) When you are at such a beautiful location as Ventura, you probably don't want to spend your... More 

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New Braunfels
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016

Outstanding visitor center with hands on displays and a great theater presenting the history and wonders of all the Channel Islands. One of the best VCs I have visited. Live tank of unique species and a great town to view the islands on a clear day.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

Regardless of how acquainted you might be about the Park, the islands' history and the area, take the time to tour the Center and see as many of the four movies as you can. It is well worth the time spent.

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los angeles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Small, but well equipped visitor center. Good movie---we were the only ones in the theater---they'll show the film on demand. Great way to orient yourself, and to see aspects of all the islands, even if you only have time to visit one island---like us.

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san diego
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

The visitors centers is located in the harbor area. Before entering walk the path outside to check out the native plants with labels. Look for the animals(art). As you enter there are the Topographical displays of the Channel Islands National Park. There are 8 islands but only 5 are registered National Park. above the topographic island display are hanging narratives... More 

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