Carpinteria Parks

Parks Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve/Viola Fields


53 acres features the Lois Sidenberg Coastal Overlook. Magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean, Santa Barbara Channel and the Santa Ynez Mountains are evocative of Carpinteria's past.Great for walking, bird watching and nature photography.

Carpinteria City Beach

1500 lineal feet of ocean beach with summertime lifeguard service. Great family beach with safe ocean water, restrooms located at Ash Avenue.

Carpinteria Creek Park

One acre park located 1/4 mile north of Carpinteria Avenue on the east bank of the creek. The park features a creek side setting, picnic areas, a children'sclimbing rock and some informational signage about Steelhead Trout. From Carpinteria Avenue just take the bike path at the creek to discover this pleasant place to relax.


Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park

Eight acres of restored native plantings and wetland. Features trails, 20 educational interpretive signs ranging from history to bird watching, and nice seating areas. Located at Sandyland and Ash Avenues.

Tar Pits Park

An eight acre unimproved park with magnificent ocean views and natural trails. Large cypress trees dot the landscape. Once an open pit asphalt mine, the park now is a nature preserve. This beach is uncrowded and kept in a natural state. Great for photography, bird watching, and walks.


Tomal Interpretive Play Area

Tomal Interpretive Play Area, located on Linden Avenue within the State Park, is unique and educational and took nearly eight years in the making.

Families are treated to a recreational experience unlike any other—a replica Chumash village designed with opportunities to run, jump and slide while developing a deeper understanding and appreciation of California’s cultural and natural history.

Parks Tomol Playground

Designed to emulate pre-European life on the California Channel Islands, this play area includes life-sized replicas of native wildlife species to climb on, Chumash huts to explore, the “Rainbow Bridge” of Chumash lore and the park’s namesake “Tomol”—a traditional Chumash plank boat.

This has all been made possible by a partnership of the Rotary Club of Carpinteria Morning (the initiators), the City of Carpinteria, the California State Parks, with the support of the community.

Heath Ranch Park

Heath Ranch Park- Photo by Jess Willis

An adobe ruin here is thought to be one of the oldest homes in Carpinteria. The 100' high eucalyptus trees date back to the late 1800s. A children's play structure and picnic tables make a visit to this park a nice way to relax and enjoy. Located at Chapparal Drive and Santa Ynez Avenue.

El Carro Park
This 10 acre park has the City's most up-to-date children's play structure designed to be accessible to all. Barbecue areas and restrooms serve the park with baseball and soccer fields. Located on El Carro Lane between Linden Avenueand Casitas Pass Road.


Monte Vista Park

Located at the northern end of Bailard Avenue, this eight acre park has beautiful mountain views, a large turf field, a children's play structure, restrooms, barbecues and picnic areas.

Memorial Park

Located at Santa Ynez Avenue and Catlin Circle, this park is dedicated to all Carpinterians who have given their life to defend the United States. It features a children's play structure, barbecues, picnic tables and a large turf area.

Franklin Creek Park

This park enjoys a swing set under a large California sycamore tree. The park is located on Sterling Avenue.


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