Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary is responsible for the protection and preservation of submerged remains of the past that occupy the bottomlands of the sanctuary. Cultural and historic submerged sites include archeological remains of shipwrecks and prehistoric land sites. Sanctuary stewardship responsibilities include a mandate to inventory sites, encourage research, provide public education and oversee responsible visitor use.
Come experience the wonders of one of Southern California's most beautiful coastlines. Kayak the Channel Islands! Tours include a complete ocean kayaking lesson, a tour of the pristine Channel Islands from the Harbor to our local waters, and a view of the fascinating wildlife our coasts have to offer, such as seals, dolphins, crabs, starfish and numerous species of sea birds. Whether you want to view scenic coastlines, fish your local hot spot, surf your favorite wave, access that perfect dive or snorkel area, or just get exercise in a new and fun way, kayaks do it all. Open 12:00pm-5:00pm Monday-Friday and 10:00am-5:00pm Saturday-Sunday.
Enjoy a casual bicycle trip along Oxnard’s sprawling shoreline with a bike rental from Wheel Fun Rentals! Hunt for the famous shipwreck or sail past more than 2,150 boats on one of our specialty cycles and cruiser bikes. It’s guaranteed fun for the whole family! Wheel Fun Rentals is located at Hook's Landing in the Channel Islands Harbor Marine Emporium Landing. You'll find a variety of cycles here, ensuring there is something for everyone. Rentals include surreys, single and tandem bicycles. Open 7 days a week during the summer from 12pm-5pm. Open Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays 12pm-5pm during the off season.
The Channel Islands Maritime Museum is a cultural and scenic haven in the Channel Islands Harbor - complete with world-class maritime art, ship models and ocean breezes. You can observe maritime art from 1622 to date, see antique sailing ship models made in the 18th and 19th centuries and view the entire life's work of master modeler Ed Marple, including his workshop. The museum has an ever-changing calendar of museum exhibits. There is always something new to see. Group tours, unique educational programs and group packages, and field trips are available. The Channel Islands Maritime Museum is open Monday/Thursday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. and closed Tuesday and Wednesday for group tours and private member events. The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
The Elite Theatre Company (ETC) has been entertaining, educating and enriching its audience since 1994. After 19 seasons at the Petit Playhouse in Oxnard's Historic Heritage Square, ETC moved to present, larger venue at Channel Islands Harbor Fisherman's Wharf at the site of the old Maritime Museum, a facility that will elevate ETC's ability to produce the highest quality theater in Ventura County on its Main and South stages. ETC brings together the local talents of amateurs and professionals who share a passion for theater and who generously volunteer their time on the stage and behind the scenes. This collaboration creates a variety of quality live theatrical productions showcased in our unique setting.
Enjoy waterside shopping at the Farmer's Market. Every Sunday, rain or shine, the Farmer’s Market is open from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 3600 S. Harbor Blvd., adjacent to Marine Emporium Landing Shopping Center, Channel Islands Harbor. Each week, you’ll find more than 30 farmers selling fresh-picked fruits, vegetables and flowers. There is also an assortment of baked goods, garden-related supplies as well as arts and crafts vendors offering their work for sale. Live music and entertainment make your shopping experience that much better. Come and enjoy an exciting afternoon of food and family fun in a safe and relaxed environment.
A&M Boat Charters & Cruises offers Harbor cruises, large group tours, Company Casino parties, corporate dinner events, weddings and public dinner cruises on designated holidays. Please call for a free showing of the Scarlett Belle, a modern, traditional Riverboat Paddle Wheeler.
Close to the California mainland, yet worlds apart, Channel Islands National Park encompasses five remarkable islands (Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel and Santa Barbara) and their ocean environment, preserving and protecting a wealth of natural and cultural resources. Isolation over thousands of years has created unique animals, plants, and archeological resources found nowhere else on Earth and helped preserve a place where visitors can experience coastal southern California as it once was. The park is open 24 hours a day. The Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center is open 8:30am-5pm daily. The visitor center is closed on Thanksgiving and December 25th.