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Address: Carpinteria, CA

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Cool yet....Gross!

We stopped there for a few minutes last week as we had heard some mix reviews about this place and wanted to experience it ourselves. The park is pretty clean for the most part... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 8, 2015
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Orlando, Florida
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Fontana, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

The closest parking is in the Carpinteria State Beach, with $10 parking fees for cars. You will walk a little ways along a beach trail before you get to Tar Pits Park. The views are beautiful, but if you're coming to see lots of oozing tar you will be a bit disappointed. My kids and I only spent a few... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

We stopped there for a few minutes last week as we had heard some mix reviews about this place and wanted to experience it ourselves. The park is pretty clean for the most part and has a few live entertainers as well as a huge tar pit! That thing smells a little bad and bubbles come up to the surface... More 

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San Diego, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We wanted to park our car at Tar Pits Park as it is shown on the map -- both here in TripAdvisor and in Google Maps. We intended to walk the Carpinteria Bluffs Trail, which passes right by the parking lot. However, as soon as we pulled into a space, a uniformed security guard said that if we weren't working... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 via mobile

I found the easiest way to see the tar pits is to walk down Dump Rd to the rail tracks and take the path to the right immediately after the tracks. Walk along the cliffs and you'll come across a gully which gives easy access to the beach. Very worth while examining and poking the tar. Be careful of your... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Beach area is gorgeous. (Try to forget about the oil rigs way out from shore.) The hiking trail is lovely. The tar pits actually look like large black rock areas on shore. However, we were told by a local that when the weather is hot, the tar is still sometimes pliable and kids like playing with it. (Pity the parents... More 

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Monticello, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

This is a nice little walk and the tar is pretty cool. It isn't pits like La Brea but it is coming out of the rocks and is hard to miss. We got the guy at the entrance to the park to point us in the right direction. He also suggested we park outside of the park so we didn't... More 

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Del Mar, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

There are not too many places you can see tar/oil coming out of the ground. This is not a large area and it is not marked but we saw it as we walked from the beach up on the bluffs toward the harbor Seal Rookery. It's small and interesting but the nature walk along the bluffs and watching the harbor... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

I believe Carpinteria is the best place to relax around Los Angeles. Several historical places to visit, without the rush in Santa Barbara. One of the surprises Carpinteria offers is these tar spots along the beach. It's interesting to see a phenomenon rarer even than volcanism, as it only occurs in 5 or 6 places in the world. Curiously, 3... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013 via mobile

Walked a ways aand saw lots of random spots of tar and then lots on the beach. Careful not to stand in one place too long or your shoes will be ruined. Park at state park and walk. GPS with take you to a private parking lot ththat you can't use.

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Porto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

This is a very quiet and nice place to see in Carpinteria... it´s a very preserved place where you can see the seals in their natural environment: stay some minuts and enjoy the beauty of the nature.

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Address: Carpinteria, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carpinteria

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