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Ranked #1 of 10 attractions in Goleta
Category: Beaches; Outdoors
A long sandy beach near Goleta Point.
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Ranked #2 of 10 attractions in Goleta
Category: State Parks; Outdoors
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Ranked #3 of 10 attractions in Goleta
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
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Ranked #4 of 10 attractions in Goleta
Category: Farms; Outdoors
Owner description: Come visit the farm! Founded in 1895, Fairview Gardens is one of the oldest organic farms in southern California and... more » Owner description: Come visit the farm! Founded in 1895, Fairview Gardens is one of the oldest organic farms in southern California and preserved for all to enjoy. Fairview Gardens is a non-profit organization and plays a unique role in the community, providing its neighbors with food, educational events, and a connection to the land. Pack a picnic, visit our farm stand, and take a self-guided tour through our fruit orchards and open space. Bring a camera and get ready for some delicious fun. « less
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Ranked #5 of 10 attractions in Goleta
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
Owner description: The Goleta Butterfly Grove is an Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Area where your can view the overwintering Monarch... more » Owner description: The Goleta Butterfly Grove is an Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Area where your can view the overwintering Monarch butterflies between mid-November and mid-February. It is adjacent to the Sperling Preserve on the Ellwood Mesa. The Ellwood Mesa is 137 acres of natural terrain with designated trails and beach access. Free parking is available at the Ellwood Mesa Parking Lot at 7701 Hollister Avenue. The walk from the parking lot to the grove is a little over a half mile and is marked with trail markers. It's a beautiful walk on a dirt path.To ensure the safety of the monarchs and enjoyment of the public, we ask that visitors please observe the following rules: -Always stay on designated trails and roads. -Stay out of the roped-off areas. -Watch your step when entering and exiting the grove, and avoid monarchs which may be “puddling” in the surrounding areas. -Do not touch or harass the butterflies. -Avoid making loud noises. -Keep dogs on a leash. No bicycles, horses or motorized vehicles in the grove. -Please take your trash out of the grove. « less
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Ranked #6 of 10 attractions in Goleta
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
Owner description: Coal Oil Point Reserve is part of the University of California's system of Natural Reserves. The reserve system provides... more » Owner description: Coal Oil Point Reserve is part of the University of California's system of Natural Reserves. The reserve system provides undisturbed environments for research, education, and public service, the Natural Reserve System contributes to the understanding and wise stewardship of the earth.Coal Oil Point Reserve offers bi-monthly public tours, led by trained docents. The tours focus on the history, ecology, and birds of the reserve. Tours cover beach and wetland ecosystems, and last about 2 hours.For more information, or to RSVP for an upcoming tour, please email. « less
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Ranked #7 of 10 attractions in Goleta
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
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Ranked #8 of 10 attractions in Goleta
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
aka Stow House or Rancho La Patera
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Ranked #9 of 10 attractions in Goleta
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Landmarks
Habitat and breeding ground for bird and marine wildlife, located in Goleta Point.
Ranked #10 of 10 attractions in Goleta
Category: Ferries/ Boats; National Parks; Outdoors
A wilderness area in Los Padres National Forest.