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

Closed Now: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Quick visit to see if they were open

When they say they close at five it’s not possible to get there from the boat to the visitor center... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
San Luis Obispo, California
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This is a really fun visitor's center if you are in the area. It's at the very end of Spinnaker... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2018
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1901 Spinnaker Dr, Ventura, CA 93001-4354
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been to several other National parks, all larger and what I'll call more well known (Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Smokie Mountain, etc.). This is definitely not in that category. Where I felt I cold spend days in those other visitor centers, this one you can...More

Thank Roger O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I've been here more than once. It's always a bit dirty, forlorn, under-utilized and depressing. I don't recommend it.

Thank califcasl
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

When they say they close at five it’s not possible to get there from the boat to the visitor center before they are locked and gone at five. I still looked around the building even though it was closed up and there are some great...More

Thank CentralCoastDiverSLO
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

This is a really fun visitor's center if you are in the area. It's at the very end of Spinnaker Drive near the Ventura Marina. They have a tide pool exhibit where they encourage young children to pick up starfish and other creatures. There is...More

Thank Michael D
Reviewed 27 August 2018

Watch the free movie about botanicals and animal, sea, bird, etc. life that exists no where else! It's very informative and inspirational. The women working in the gift shop were super helpful and nice, too. Walk past the gift shop and there is more to...More

Thank LivPurple
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

Loved the introduction to Channel Islands. Has a small hands on miniature pool of the plants and fish. Can feed with ranger. A movie is available and a topographic map helped us to be om3 familia4 before taking a boat ride out to Anacapa.

Thank travelernottourist
Reviewed 24 August 2018

First, the view! Go to the observation deck where on a clear day you can see the islands and great views of the harbor and Ventura. There is a not to be missed mini aquarium inside. It is full of lobster, starfish, crab, and beautiful...More

Thank Catherine H
Reviewed 22 August 2018

Take 30-45 minutes to stop by the visitor center before you hopefully are able to take a boat to one of the islands of the national park. There is a good 15 minute introductory film about the islands that make up the park and there...More

Thank Steve S
Reviewed 8 August 2018

A small but informative visitor center. Staff is great with recommendations and information on all the islands. There is a movie you can watch about the islands. What's great is you just walk across the parking lot and you're at the beach!!! There are also...More

Thank cbforhim1
Reviewed 7 August 2018

The perfect introduction to the islands before a boat trip to visit them. The film is a must seem, along with the native ( to the islands) plant garden just by the entrance.

Thank bgold805
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14 July 2018|
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Response from GwendolynAP | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can get the passport stamp at the CINP VC -- you don't have to go out to the Islands to get one.
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8 July 2018|
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Response from GwendolynAP | Reviewed this property |
You can also rent kayaks and SUP as well as pedal boats to cruise around plus there are harbor cruises especially during the holidays when people go caroling!