At the Sea Center visitors of all ages can enjoy interactive exhibits, opportunities to work like scientists, a theater showcasing the wonders of the Santa Barbara Channel, hands-on close encounters with sea creatures, and a live shark touch pool. Children can crawl through a 1,500-gallon tidepool tank to see ocean life from a different perspective. The Sea Center is an engaging, interactive marine education facility that allows visitors to discover the fun in science and the wonders of the natural world.
Located in northern Santa Barbara County, the Santa Ynez Valley is just 35 miles from the beaches of Santa Barbara, 125 miles up the coast from Los Angeles and 300 miles south of San Francisco. Tour and taste acclaimed Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah and other varietals at over 70 world-class wineries and tasting rooms. Golf, hike, bike, fish, see wildlife, tour a horse ranch, take a horseback ride or soar over it all in a glider. Enjoy a picnic lunch in a vineyard or waterside at Lake Cachuma. Savor delicious meals within every budget from gourmet wine country cuisine to Danish, international and classic American favorites.
The town of Carpinteria is perfect for a quiet working trip, romantic getaway or family vacation, with antique and specialty shops galore, restaurants, parks, stores and all of the important services even a pool, theater and a movie house. In Carpinteria, you'll be right in touch with destinations that make our California coast a traveler's delight. Deep sea fishing, bathing and surf, golf, tennis, even polo grounds. Festivals, fiestas, historic treasures and a world of scenic pleasures. Experience the beauty of Carpinteria at Carpinteria Shores Vacation Rentals!
The city was renamed Ojai - a Chumash word meaning 'the Nest' or 'Valley of the Moon' - when the name Nordhoff was deemed too German post-World War I. The main turning point in the development of the city was the coming of Edward Drummond Libbey. He saw the valley and fell in love, thinking up many plans for expansion and beautification of the existing rustic town. He helped design, finance and build a more modern and fitting downtown, including a Spanish-style arcade, a bell-tower reminiscent of the famous campanile in Havana, and a pergola opposite the arcade. His buildings still exist today in exquisite condition as the symbols of the city and its valley. To thank Libbey for his gifts to the town, the citizens proposed a celebration to take place on March 2nd of each year. Libbey declined their offer to call it "Libbey Day," and instead suggested "Ojai Day." The celebration still takes place each year. Today, Ojai is an active, though small, community. Libbey's pergola was destroyed in 1971, and was recently rebuilt to complete the architectural continuity of the downtown area.