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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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Great Experience!

My wife and I stopped in to see what this was all about and were blown away by how cool it was to... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Adam B
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Must see

After seeing the Hearst Castle we decided to see the elephant seal rookery as it was really close... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Peachlanders
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Peachland, Canada
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Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, CA 93452-9715
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"hearst castle"
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"their natural habitat"
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"viewing area"
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"fun to watch"
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"huge creatures"
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"amazing animals"
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"flipping sand"
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"answer questions"
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"mating season"
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"amazing sight"
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"worth a stop"
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"young males"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My wife and I stopped in to see what this was all about and were blown away by how cool it was to see. I could spent a lot of tome looking at the different seals and watching them fight for better positions on the...More

Thank Adam B
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Reviewed 2 days ago

After seeing the Hearst Castle we decided to see the elephant seal rookery as it was really close by. So glad we did. Nice to see animals in their native habitat, there must have been over a hundred of them; sunning themselves and doing what...More

Thank Peachlanders
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Reviewed 5 days ago

North of Cambria, towards San Simeon, there is a stretch of coast line where the Elephant Seals can be found. We were there in late March, when they were in their moulting stage, and they were scattered along the beach for a few miles. You...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

We were at Hearts Castle and the guide recommended that we stop here on the way out. So glad that we did. It was awesome to see all the Elephant Seals still hanging around the beach.

Thank JSIEGELUF
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Almost as fun to watch as babies are! You get excited when there is any activity from them. It would have been fun if the males had been there but were at wrong time of year.

Thank Boisenb
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped overnight at Cambria on a road trip from LA to San Francisco so we could check out these Elephant Seal grounds. What a thrill. We were there on the weekend and were able to spend time there on the afternoon of our arrival...More

Thank Michael L
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Elephant Seal Rookery turned out to be a surprise star of our trip along the coast. The family, and particularly the kids, were mesmerized by the incredible numbers of elephant seals, as well as the interactions - playing/fighting”, nuzzling, yawning, flipping sand, heading in...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fun place to observe elephant seals in their natural environment. There were a lot of seals all along the beach just basking in the sun without a care in the world. The viewing location allows you to watch them from above. Access in and out...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

interesting wildlife, with volunteer guides that answer questions. No matter what time of year the seals are there.

Thank stepulim
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Reviewed 1 week ago

January and February are the best times to visit the Elephant Seal Rookery, because mating season and birthing season are exciting. And the males are almost three times as large as the females. But the rookery is interesting at all times of year. Be sure...More

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phelps1981
February 25, 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
January 13, 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
January 11, 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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