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This is a gorgeous park but not that easy to access.  You need to walk in from either Emma Wood or Surfer's Point.

However, it is worth the effort.  Although 24 acres of undeveloped land at the mouth of the Ventura River doesn't seem like much, it is more than most cities have.  It is easy to imagine what this coast must have looked like before development.  This is also a wonderful place to see birds, sand dunes, and a salt marsh via the two walking trails.  The area is skirted by a paved bike trail.

Directions:
From the 101 take the "State Beaches" exit and turn North on Harbor Blvd.  Drive until you reach Figueroa Street.  Turn left and then right.  There will be a free parking lot at Surfer's Point and a paid lot for Seaside Park.  There isn't any on-street parking.