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Tar Pits Park

Address: Carpinteria, CA
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Ranked #7 of 16 Attractions in Carpinteria
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
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Type: Beaches, Outdoors

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Decatur, Georgia
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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San Diego, California
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135 reviews 135 reviews
56 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
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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107 reviews 107 reviews
25 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

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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282 reviews 282 reviews
172 attraction reviews
161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
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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Newhall, CA - USA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2012

Bring lots of tar remover and watch your step. Fascinating oozing of tar out of several locations. The entire coastal cliffs are the result of millions of years of tar accumulation. Chumash Indians used the tar to water proof their canoes and water baskets.

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Santa Barbara
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2012

Oceanfront with picnic tables and campgrounds nearby. Experience the tar pits first hand and see why the Chumash Indians named the area Carpinteria. Be careful of the naturally ocurring tar which can be removed with baby oil and some rough paper towels

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Carpinteria, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2012

Wonderful, fascinating tidepools, a great blue heron (among other cool sea birds), interesting natural tar/oil seepage from the rocks, (I remove tar with cooking oil.) Fun place to watch good surfing when there's a big swell from the cliff above.

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Ventura, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2012

A unique Carpenteria park, you can park or camp with your RV in the state beach campgrounds and enjoy the ocean and walk to tar pits and there are seals close by . Carpenteria is a fabulous seaside town

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Prague, Czech Republic
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149 reviews 149 reviews
81 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2011

It was interesting to us that many locals weren't aware of the tarpits are said they weren't worth seeing. However, we wanted to see them anyway. It was a nice long walk on the beach and once we saw a few of the rocky solidified tar we thought it was strange and not that interesting. However, we kept walking and... More 

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