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Elephant Seal Rookery

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Amazing look at nature

My mother and I made a special trip to be here at the time the elephant seals have babies and mate... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Lisa C
Seattle, Washington
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See amazing elephant seals up close

The Elephant Seal Rookery is one of the most amazing wildlife attractions I've ever seen -- and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It is usually much cooler and windy here than expected, so bring a jacket or a wrap. Always fun to watch the ever present elephant seals- especially the males. The information panels are helpful and sometimes there are docents to answer questions. Great place to...More

1  Thank Dianne H
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My mother and I made a special trip to be here at the time the elephant seals have babies and mate. The docents were very helpful and the lookout platform was awesome (the parking lot could use some work). It was an awesome site to...More

Thank Lisa C
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Elephant Seal Rookery is one of the most amazing wildlife attractions I've ever seen -- and it's totally free! Dozens of mammoth, blubbery seals rest on the beach while you view them from above. They appear not to care very much about all the...More

1  Thank Traveller2010NYC
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a really great experience, for free! There is a 1/2 mile long walkway built above the beach so you can walk directly over the elephant seals. They are massive animals and it's really something so see, hear and smell them. We happened to...More

Thank cowstars
Reviewed 3 days ago

A fun way to spend an hour or so if you are in the area. It is very interesting to see the seals in their natural habitat and to watch how they interact. Very entertaining and its free. The state park has built a nice...More

Thank travelmOm2_3_5
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If you see any signs for elephant seals off of the 1 in San Simeon, you must check them out. They are the coolest animals. You’ll hear them before you see them. It’s a really interesting noise they make. A lot of the men were...More

1  Thank Allison G
Reviewed 5 days ago

HUGE Seals all sun tanning along the beach, this is a great spot to stop and view these amazing creatures.

1  Thank Joanne A
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a must stop if you are driving up the coast. These seals are fancinating to watch. There are also "Friends of the Elephant Seals" who are volunteer people walking around to give you information about the seals and their habitat. Relax and allow...More

Thank Nancy W
Reviewed 6 days ago

It is quite remarkable to be so close to these impressive animals. Even if highway one is closed, it's still worth doing the detour to see them. We arrived early in the morning (on our way to Hearst Castle) and were the only people there....More

2  Thank Anne S
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an easy stop while visiting Hearst Castle, with plenty of parking. You can hear the seals as soon as you park and start walking toward the beach. In June, there weren't as many as other times of the year; however, there were enough...More

1  Thank Stefanie H
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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.
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
Jessica H
11 January 2018|
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Response from alcor1922 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can definitely take awesome photos with those lenses. You may still see some fighting males in January.