Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Fodor's Weekly: Your expert travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration (coming soon)

Channel Islands National Park Sights

Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center

  • 1901 Spinnaker Dr. Map It
  • Information Center

Updated 10/21/2013

Fodor's Review

The park's main visitor center has a museum, a bookstore, a three-story observation tower with telescopes, and exhibits about the islands. There's also a marine life exhibit where you can see sea stars clinging to rocks, anemones waving their colorful, spiny tentacles, and a brilliant orange Garibaldi darting around. The center also has full-size reproductions of a male northern elephant seal and the pygmy mammoth skeleton unearthed on Santa Rosa Island in 1994. Treasure

in the Sea, a 24-minute film narrated by Kevin Costner, shows throughout the day and gives an overview of the islands. Rangers lead various free public programs describing park resources on weekends and holidays at 11 and 3; they can also give you a detailed map and trip-planning packet if you're interested in visiting the actual islands. In summer you can watch live ranger broadcasts of underwater dives and hikes on Anacapa Island, shown at the center Wednesday through Saturday (hike at 11, dive at 2).

Read More

Sight Information

Address:

1901 Spinnaker Dr., Ventura, California, 93001, United States

Map It

Phone:

805-658–5730

Website: www.nps.gov/chis

Sight Details:

  • Daily 8:30–5

Updated 10/21/2013

Advertisement

Map View

Map of



Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?

Experience

Ease

Value

Don't Miss

Advertisement