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Salton Sea

CA
760-564-4888
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Ranked #1,936 of 5,086 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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Modesto
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

It was amazing to see how large the sea is. At times it looked like the ocean vanishing over the horizon. Walking on the crunchy remains of all the dead fish and the odors are something you have to experience in person. It was fascinating to see so many birds.

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London
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

I saw it on google maps when planning a trip and found out more about it. At first glance it is a beautiful place until you realise death is all around. Beached fish, skeletons of fish and birds and corrosive salt everywhere. The sand is mixed with crush bones of dead fish. Few birds still there. Smell is pretty weird,... More

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Goleta, California
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80 reviews 80 reviews
27 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

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

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
19 helpful votes 19 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
9 helpful votes 9 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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124 helpful votes 124 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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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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