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Elephant Seal Rookery

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Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, CA 93452-9715
+1 805-924-1628
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You'll Feel Like You're In A Planet Earth Episode

How to describe a collection of 100s of wild animals in their natural environment and just short... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
SueFromWinnipeg
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Winnipeg, Canada
Just fabulous

It's just wonderful to see these animals at such close quarters. If you can go as dawn breaks so... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Malsville
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Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, CA 93452-9715
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Reviewed 1 week ago

How to describe a collection of 100s of wild animals in their natural environment and just short feet away. Absolutely amazing and memorable are too weak for this experience. The beautiful elephant seals, their sounds (yes, and smells), their gymnastics, the amazing beach and ocean...More

Thank SueFromWinnipeg
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's just wonderful to see these animals at such close quarters. If you can go as dawn breaks so you can see the big males come in from the sea

Thank Malsville
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a wonderful place. Beautifully laid out from the carpark. There weren't a massive amount of elephant seals but certainly enough to keep us entertained, think it must have been the mating season as there was lots of fighting going on. Never having seen an...More

1  Thank Rosemary30
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were lucky enough to be visiting this coast while the elephant seals were onshore and birthing. There are thousands of seals on several beaches. Parking is plentifully and free. Some have wooden walkways and "guides " to enhance your viewing experience. Take plenty of...More

3  Thank William H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped at the Elephant Seal Rookery and couldn't believe how many seals were on the beach. Saw a baby seal being born which I hear is rare. This is a place you have to see. .

1  Thank Kathy R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We drove here after visiting the Hearst Castle in early January and we were so happy we did. First off, keep in mind this rookery is wildlife in the raw, so it is not all sunshine and roses....but at the same time, the coastal scenery...More

1  Thank ChitchatCanada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While driving Route 1 from San Diego to San Francisco we planned a stop at Hearst Castle. Through Tripadvisor we discovered this Elephant Seal Rookery less than 5 minutes up the road and decided to include it in our day. Soooo glad we did! What...More

1  Thank Music4U4
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hundreds of elephant seals basking in the sun are a sight to behold. A helpful docent is there to assist!

Thank Barb D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We always drive to see the Elephant Seals. Well worth the trip. Don't miss this!! There are docents there that will explain things to you. On the way, it is 4 miles south of Hearst Castle, look for the Zebras on the Hearst property. Yesterday...More

1  Thank Sally J
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Don’t miss this if you’re in the area! It’s a beautiful way to see how California is protecting wildlife. There were dozens of elephant seals lazing on the beach. You’re only feet away from them. They are protected from the public by a guard rail...More

1  Thank Mary C
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phelps1981
25 February 2018|
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Response from grocks63 | Reviewed this property |
Certainly not. I don't know if it's 24/7, but it's open all day.
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Jee C
13 January 2018|
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Response from Travelin M | Reviewed this property |
There are seals all year round. It just depends on the season as to whether you’ll see more males, females or yearlings. Look up their website for what is there different times of years
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Jessica H
11 January 2018|
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Response from Lawrence C | Reviewed this property |
Tour lens will be fine. Lower your expectations about what you'll see and certainly about their "activity".....they mostly just sleep.
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