Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, San Simeon

4.8
#1 of 64 in Parks in San Luis Obispo County
Must see · Gift & Specialty Shop · Visitor Center
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Driving along Highway 1 in California, close to San Simeon and four miles north of the Hearst Castle, you can see Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop. With over 5000 births per year, the estimated total colony size of 25,000 seals makes this site the largest mainland rookery (birthing place) for the Northern  Elephant Seal species. Protected from storms and predators, with wide sandy beaches and shallow rocky areas, this location is ideal for the seals. Depending on the time of year, you can witness the birth of baby seals, hear the iconic roar of male seals during the breeding season, or watch young seals spar with each other on the beach and in the surf. Using our international travel planner, San Simeon attractions like Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • LOVED this seeing these animals at this stop! We were driving the PCH from SF to SD over 10 days with our 2 kids in their mid 20's and we ALL enjoyed this viewing area! So fun to learn about these... 
    LOVED this seeing these animals at this stop! We were driving the PCH from SF to SD over 10 days with our 2 kids in their mid 20's and we ALL enjoyed this viewing area! So fun to learn about these...  more »
  • Really a nice, fun and free experience...go early, as it gets super crowded and parking isn’t fun...Dogs on leashes are welcomed! Depending on what. Time of year you go, there are moms with babies... 
    Really a nice, fun and free experience...go early, as it gets super crowded and parking isn’t fun...Dogs on leashes are welcomed! Depending on what. Time of year you go, there are moms with babies...  more »
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  • Had a great visit
  • Thousands of lazy seals. Babies in the spring! A fun but loud and a bit smelly stop.

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