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  • masonkyle
    55 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    My wife and I stopped here prior to spending three days on the islands. The visitor's center includes maps and information about each island as well as exhibits about the wildlife and ecology of the marine sanctuary. There is also an observation tower with views of the beaches and ocean. This was one of the coolest NPS visitor's centers that we've been to. I like to read every single map and sign and we were here for two or three hours, permit more or less time depending on what you'd like to do here.

    The only reason this is a four dot review is because we received conflicting information from staff about water availability on Anacapa and Santa Rosa islands, which was frustrating as we prepared for our day trips to the islands. We packed in all the water we needed and survived but it made for a less than reassuring experience at the visitor's center.
    Written January 10, 2024
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  • JBRetired
    Apple Valley, CA479 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The mission it self is kept up very well. Walking in it’s hard to believe this beautiful church is well over 200 years old.
    There is a small room in the back with a great full size recreation of the famous Pieta statue from the Vatican. The garden although small they are beautiful with a number of statues.
    Written October 10, 2023
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  • Lisa V
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommended! Traversed tree-lined pathways, industrial areas with pumpjacks for oil wells, wooden bridge crossings, rest stops with a restful bench and scenic views, and even chickens, a family of quail, oversized friendly hogs and Clydesdale horse that greeted us at their property lines! Beautiful falling leaves at this time of year. Pleasant trail!
    Written October 29, 2023
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  • janahn875
    United States129 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy to get to park with stunning views of Ventura, the Channel Islands and beyond. Convenient free parking. Beautiful cross. Don't miss it!
    Written July 1, 2023
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  • Richard O
    Simi Valley, CA4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular wine tasting experience. You'll want to join the high energy atmosphere with regular fun events to enhance the warm welcome one always receives by the Four Brix team.
    Written May 10, 2020
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  • Austin C
    San Jose, CA1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We walked at night after dinner. The pier was closed, but walking the promenade was very pleasant.
    In the morning, we. Walked downtown. The streets were closed to autos, making it a very pleasant walk for a very nice breakfast and shopping.
    Written June 11, 2023
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  • Smith11
    Ventura, CA2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I was welcomed very well and all the stuff is amazing. I wish you good continuation. They have a large catalogue of theatrical productions and have over 14 NAACP Award. Thank you you rock it
    Written March 10, 2020
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  • Alexandra T
    Murrieta, CA1,865 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ventura City Hall is a short walk from the restaurants on Main St. There is a lot of local art on display and it's free to enter. Well worth a visit.
    Written July 1, 2022
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  • RoP
    Los Angeles, CA62 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a relaxing picnic in Lake Casitas on Martin Luther King's day. It was quiet, serene and beautiful. After all the rain during the past month, water level was fairly high.

    It was a tad bit windy which luckily made the mosquitos go away; otherwise, it was mostly pleasant. I can't help but think though that summer picnics will not be as pleasant because of the mosquitos.

    Where we sat, on a small hill, there was a nice view of the lake with the ducks swimming in it. Some individuals were fishing in the lake, but overall the park was not crowded at all.

    We saw a blue bird singing and flying around.

    The restrooms were disgusting which is why I take off one star. One of us decided to wait until we arrived at home.
    Written March 3, 2024
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  • Ziv M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best places I could find that interpeace with myself that I couldn't find elsewhere. Absolute perfect place to watch the Sunset on any day.
    Written October 23, 2023
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  • Alexandra T
    Murrieta, CA1,865 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's free to enter this wonderful museum. There are quite a few rooms with lots of information about the are and its history. Outside there is a music corner with instruments you can try.
    Written July 1, 2022
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  • LnS2004
    Cypress, CA8,976 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We found free parking a short distance down California St., right below Poli St. The park entrance was located right next the stately City Hall. A short walk up we reached the visitor welcome center and the start of the looping trail. It’s evident from the well-maintained grounds that the nominal $7 admission fee was well worth it. The meandering switchbacks made the ascent less arduous (we bypassed the steeper stone steps). Along the way, informative signages explained certain hillside plants and esoteric vegetation zones. As the path wound uphill, we welcomed the stone benches to rest our feet. At every turn, we were rewarded with a beautiful view of downtown Ventura, the landmark pier, the distant coastline, yonder Channel Islands, and the hazy line demarcating gray sky and water. We were amused by the sponsored interesting quotes carved on rocks along the trail. Although we didn’t reach the Rotary Plaza (a distance of 3/4 mile from start, with no shelter from wind and sun, as planned, the one-mile round-trip nature hike still felt invigorating and rejuvenating. A well-spent two leisurely hours.
    Written February 11, 2023
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