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Address: Carpinteria, CA

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Wife and I visited here during our stay in the area. The city of Carpinteria is very nice, has a beautiful downtown area. Wish we could have been here for the Farmer's Market. Tar... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed June 1, 2016
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Venice, FL
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016

I think the amount of tar visible may vary, or else we just didn't explore as much as some other reviewers. My husband of course had to stick his finger in it and then was surprised it was hard to get it off. Duh. It certainly doesn't qualify as "pretty" but it is pretty unique.

Thank Sharon Z
Shelby Township, Michigan
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25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

We drove down Dump Rd and ended up at a bridge out to an oil rig. We were sent away by security. We drove and found the entrance to the state park. Here they directed over to parking area for the tar pit amphitheater which is a bunch of logs in a circle with a paved path to them. We... More 

Thank danamc65
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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49 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016

I've never been to La Brea, but I've that it actually has pits full of tar. Carpinteria isn't quite like that. Instead of massive lakes, it's dried tar rocks, occasional tar springs, and occasional streams of tar you find here. They're nothing mind-blowing, but the tar still is interesting and the area is scenic, filled with rabbits and the occasional... More 

Thank Mr_Fugidoo
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117 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2016

Wife and I visited here during our stay in the area. The city of Carpinteria is very nice, has a beautiful downtown area. Wish we could have been here for the Farmer's Market. Tar Pits Park was a nive place to visit.

Thank doctall41
Goleta, California
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309 reviews
103 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2016 via mobile

Walked through the park this morning, lots of area is roped off with signs indicating Off Limits. There are a few places where you can see the hardened tar, but mostly this area is just st a walkway to another destination.

Thank Cathy M
Fontana, California
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25 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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 

1 Thank Suzanna H
Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

1 Thank Steve R
San Diego, California
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214 reviews
157 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 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 

4 Thank Bob T
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220 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

5 Thank jsimmill
Phoenix, Arizona
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26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

5 Thank happytravelerusa9

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