Southern California Visits

Catalina Island

Catalina Island Museum

Downstairs from the Casino Ballroom

1 Casino Way

Avalon, CA 90704


August, 2000

The history of Catalina has always been centered on the sea.

Wrigley Memorial and Botanical Gardens

Santa Catalina Island Conservancy


August 2000

If Avalon isn’t laid back enough for you, a walk or golf-cart-ride up the canyon will bring you to this relaxing site.



Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

2559 Puesta del Sol Rd

Santa Barbara, CA 93105

December 2000

Near Mission Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is an excellent small-town natural history museum, with plenty to interest the kids.  Look for the whale skeleton out front.

Ty Warner Sea Center

211 Stearns Wharf

Santa Barbara 93101


December 2000


Mission Santa Barbara

2201 Laguna St.

Santa Barbara, CA 93105




December 2000

The Mission Santa Barbara is very well preserved.  The grounds are beautiful and the structure, though small retains much of it history.  The mission church is still used for Roman Catholic Mass on Sunday, so mind your manners if you are there on a weekend.


Thousand Oaks, CA

Conejo Valley Botanic Garden

350 W. Gainsborough Road

Thousand Oaks, CA 91360



A delightful garden with identified plants and great views.  The price for the great views is the need to negotiate some small hills.


October 2009

California Lutheran University

60 W. Olsen Road

Thousand Oaks, CA 91360


October 2009

We attended the annual research symposium, where undergraduate students present the results of their research during the previous year.  The research may not qualify for scientific publication, but the methodology is well done.  Overall, we are certainly encouraged to see undergraduate students challenged to produce and report on their work with this quality.


Fullerton, CA

Fullerton Museum Center

301 N. Pomona Ave

Fullerton, CA 92832



The Fullerton Museum has exhibits that focus on the entertainment industry, with particular attention to Fender, a local boy who made good.


March 2002



Pasadena, CA

California Institute of Technology

Mt. Wilson Observatory


Mt. Wilson Observatory Assn

PO Box 70076

Pasadena, CA 91117


The Observatory Association is working to get kids access to real telescopes.  What a concept!


May 2002


Agua Dulce, CA

Vasquez Rocks Natural Area

10700 W. Escondido Rd.

Agua Dulce, CA 91350



This is the place where those strange rocks stick up out of the ground.   Famous for scenes in The Wild, Wild West, Star Trek and the Flintstones movie, the geology is really striking.


May 2002



Santa Ana, California

Discovery Science Center

2500 N. Main St.

Santa Ana, CA 92705



This is a science center with an entertainment industry focus.  See the science behind a TV broadcast.  Play virtual volleyball!


August 2003

June 2006

Bowers Museum

2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706

(714) 567-3600


The Bowers Museum emphasizes Asian art for Southern California.  On our visit, they hosted China’s terracotta warriors, a small sample from the enormous site in China.  We also found the sculpture garden interesting and relaxing.


August 2008


Los Angeles, California

Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits
5801 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

(323) 934-PAGE (7243)


There really are tar pits, though the mastodon in the photo is artificial.  And there’s tar seeping up from the ground around the place, too.  The museum is nice as well, including many specimens from the pit.


September 2005

California Science Center
700 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037

(323) 724-3623


In Exposition Park in the middle of LA, near USC, you’ll find this great museum.  Big, fun and free (except for parking).





Gardena, California

Goodyear Airship Operations

19200 S Main St
Gardena, CA 90248-4626

(323) 770-0456


Southern California’s Goodyear Blimp “Spirit of America” is based just off the intersection of the San Diego Freeway (I-405) and the Harbor Freeway (I-110).  Even the sight of a blimp in flight is surprising, but to see it land and take off are quite extraordinary, almost magical.  It sure would be nice if there were a visitor’s center there.


August 2008


Redlands, California

San Bernadino County Museum.

2024 Orange Tree Lane

Redlands, California 92374



The museum covers the natural history as well as the cultural and business history of the region.  Of particular interest to us was the coverage of Southern California Edison and water issues in the region.


August 2008