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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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+1 805-658-5730
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08:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 17:00

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Great film about the Channel Islands, helpful staff

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

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Kensington, Maryland
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Kensington, Maryland
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161 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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Central Arizona, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped here to stamp our passport book. We originally went kayaking out at the islands in August and had since purchased our passport book. I'm glad we went back. There is an aquarium in the center of the bldg. I could sit there for hours watching the fish. There is also a lookout tower that you can see the... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

We stopped in after a wildlife cruise to the Channel Islands and the visitor center had great topographical maps and displays that helped clarify for us the area we had just seen. There is also a movie that is informative about the history of the islands. There are stairs (elevator was broken) to a lookout on the top of the... More 

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California
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166 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

This was a wonderfully designed visitor center. Star with the movie in teh movie theater. Then explore the topographies of the islands. In the main area, there is a small aquarium and set up of the marine life on the islands. The book selection is outstanding, and I had wonderful dialogues about the islands with both the volunteers and Ranger... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Great place to stop before you travel to the islands. Lots of information about the islands and great Maps. Beautiful views from the top.

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Albany, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

This is billed as the Visitor Center for the Channel Islands but all that is there are some topography maps and an interesting aquarium.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Fabulous overview of the wildlife and ecosystem of the islands. Take time to see the film of the history and current landscape.

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Ventura, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

When my grandkids came to visit me, this was the first place I took them to see. They got a hands on experience and I even learned something. And of course I thought I new just about eveyrthing,

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Thank William B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

This is a great little visitor center for the Channel Islands. The hands on exhibits are terrific for kids of all ages and the view from the top of the center should be enjoyed. There was quite a bit of haze due to the Santa Barbara fire (unfortunately a way of life in California) but we could still faintly see... More 

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