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Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary)

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Address: W.R. Hearst Memorial Beach, San Simeon, CA 93452
Phone Number: +1 805-927-6575
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08:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 19:00
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Located on beautiful San Simeon Bay, the Coastal Discovery Center offers...

Located on beautiful San Simeon Bay, the Coastal Discovery Center offers interactive exhibits and educational programs which highlight the cultural and natural history of San Simeon, California State Parks, and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The interface of land and sea is unique here, drawing people for its rich bounty, economic opportunity, recreation and inspiration. Protecting these special places preserves them for use and enjoyment for generations to come.

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We popped in here on our drive down Highway 1 to initially take a walk out onto San Simeon pier. It's a small discovery centre with staff volunteers with enthusiasm the size of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 October 2016
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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

We popped in here on our drive down Highway 1 to initially take a walk out onto San Simeon pier. It's a small discovery centre with staff volunteers with enthusiasm the size of the Pacific Ocean. What we initially thought would be a 5 minute pop in pop out place turned into an educational insight to the ocean environment with... More 

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San Ramon, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

My kids had lot of fun at this discovery center with fishes in the aquarium and lots of information about various sea creatures. Worth a visit and doesn't take more than 15-20 mins. The staff was extremely helpful and explained a lot to the kids.

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Cupertino, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

This coastal discovery center is not big, But its exhibits and the staff are nice. If you are able to study them a little, and ask questions. You may learn a lot of new information on ocean ecosystem.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2015 via mobile

A lovely stop. Helpful guides and informative . Very interesting to see what's in a drop of sea water! Kids enjoyed the break from the car. The pier is a lovely walk too.

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Pendleton, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2015

My 3 year old son loved it here so much he didn't want to leave! It's a great place to learn about the local wildlife and what else there is to see and do in the area. The rangers let my son feed the baby steelhead trout. Thank you!

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Omaha, Nebraska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

Informative and like the Hearst Welcome Center, friendly staff to assist and take time to answer any questions we had.

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Davis, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2015

A good place to stop for information on the area. They recommended a restaurant, and how to get to the elephant seal rookery. Displays mildly interesting

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2015

The exhibits are small and limited, but the staff is very interested in talking to and educating young people about the local ecosystem. Questions are most welcome. My children spotted an injured bird from the pier, and the wildlife specialist came with the girls to rescue it and take to the wildlife hospital. It was a good experience.

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Kenai, Alaska
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2015

Small information center about the wildlife in the area. The staff was very friendly, helpful, and well informed.

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Rosamond, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015 via mobile

The Discovery center is a cute spot to drop in on and learn a little about San Simeon wildlife. There is no cost to enter and your visit won't take more than 15-20 minutes. Just outside the center is the bay. When we were there this month there was a baby grey whale swimming in the bay. The mother was... More 

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