Santa Barbara Island, Channel Islands National Park, California
Channel Islands National Park, California| Map |
Although the smallest of the Channel Islands, Santa Barbara Island is surprisingly packed with life. Only one-square-mile in size, this island is a popular nesting ground for birds and a breeding area for sea lions, harbor seals and northern elephant seals. Every year, thousands of gulls come to nest. In the steep cliffs the endangered California brown pelican even finds a safe, secluded spot to raise its young. Visiting families can view plenty of wildlife. The overlooks of Sea Lion Rookery, Webster Point and Elephant Seal Cove give the kids great views of sea lions and seals. For a closer look at the waters, families can also snorkel in the Landing Cove, where sea stars, sea urchins and Garibaldi fish can be spotted. Santa Barbara Island provides a quaint space to experience nature, just big enough for the whole family.
Ratings by kids' ages
- Tots (0-2)
- Little kids (3-5)
- Big kids (6-8)
- Tweens (9-12)
- Teens (13+)
Tips for Families
If families want to see some baby birds, plan the vacation for June, when gull chicks are usually hatching.
Address: Channel Islands National Park, California| Map
Hours: Year Round