Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park, California
Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands National Park, California| Map |
Often described as a "Mini California", Santa Cruz Island has a vast amount of flora, fauna and geological features that resemble the state. It is the largest of the Channel Islands, and its landscape reaches great heights and depths, with mountain peaks rising above 2,000 feet and deep canyons covering its surface. Families may be overwhelmed with so much to explore, as the island features 77 miles of coastline cliffs, sea caves, tidepools and expansive beaches. One of the first natural wonders to visit would be Painted Cave, one of the largest and deepest sea caves in the world. While roaming the landscape, families may come across over 600 plant species and 11 land mammal species, as well as 140 different types of birds (not to mention the vast amount of sea life.) As the host of over 10,000 years of American Indian habitation, Santa Cruz Island also offers families a trip back in time. Remnants of the Chumash people as well as remnants of the Ranching Era, place history at families' fingertips.
Ratings by kids' ages
- Tots (0-2)
- Little kids (3-5)
- Big kids (6-8)
- Tweens (9-12)
- Teens (13+)
Tips for Families
Look out for island foxes, which are the smallest of North American canids and can be found only on the Channel Islands.
Address: Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands National Park, California| Map
Hours: Year Round