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Salton Sea

CA
760-564-4888
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Ranked #2,006 of 5,049 Attractions in California
Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Birdwatching
Description: California's largest lake offers more than 380 square miles of outdoor recreation including boating, birding, camping and fishing.
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Goleta, California
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68 reviews 68 reviews
21 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We have been visiting the Salton Sea for years, but have always missed seeing the visitors center. This time we made sure it was open and am glad we did. They have an interesting movie about the history of the sea (10 min), it's from 2007 so a bit dated but good. A very small display area with some samples... More

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San Mateo, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Clean beach! Beautiful sunset! We got there too late. Just go to the end of 111 and you'll come to it. We will go back next time.

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Raleigh
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Would have gave 5 stars, but be prepared to smell some of the most horrendous smells during your entire visit. Besides the smell I loved this place. Beautiful sea views with decaying structures. Photographers paradise.

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Columbus, Ohio
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17 reviews 17 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I wasn’t really sure on how to rate this place, so I’ll give it Average because it really can’t compare to other places we’ve been to that have an Excellent rating. I guess it’s like comparing apples to oranges. That being said, how much you will enjoy this place depends on your state of mind and your expectations. If you’re... More

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San Diego, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 via mobile

Salton Sea is a nice spot to sit an relax and watch the sun set over the mountains. It's so peaceful. Summer months are hot so best time is between September and April. Camp out or just chill for the day. It's close to Coachella and it's famous Coachella Fest and Date Festival. Palm Springs is a few miles away... More

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Antwerp, Belgium
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62 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We originally came to the Salton Sea to see the ghost towns. Maybe we were looking in the wrong places but we did not really find any. Yes, there are some towns there (e.g. Bombay Beach) with some abandoned houses and forgotten vehicles but most of the town was still inhabited. I'm sure you can make some cool ghost-town like... More

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Victoria, Canada
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Honestly we read about this. Thought it would be a good day trip not so. We were disgusted in the polluted smelly sea with dead fish everywhere. We drive around the sea stopping in the ghosts towns only to feel very unsafe. This whole place is downright awful. Toxic and not safe. Keep away don't waste your time

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

First of all..do not visit in the middle of summer. There are seasons here. From October to May Salton Sea is alive with Sno Birds and weekend campers. In the summer we basically close up shop. Understanding the history of the Salton Sea will give you a better understanding of the issues it faces. Yes it is a shame that... More

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Compton, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Started with a weekend trip in Palm Springs and ended with a white beach just 60 minutes away. White beach composed of dead fish. Old fish bones give the illusion of a sandy beach. Birds, bats and misc animals I have never came across with in my life! It's a must see tho. This attraction won't be here for long.... More

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Los Angeles, California
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131 reviews 131 reviews
93 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I was torn between "terrible" and "excellent" when describing the Salton Sea. Its a natural wonder - gorgeous pure blue waters that stretch so far and so deep in the middle of a boiled desert landscape, filled with sea birds that have no business being out there - but WHAT THE HELL GOES ON IN SALTON CITY!?!? The "town" surrounding... More

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