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Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary)
Ranked #11 of 15 things to do in San Simeon
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 10 August 2012 via mobile

This place is only open Friday thru Sunday, so when we arrived on a Sunday, I made it a point to stop by here. At first, it looked so small that it wasn't going to be so great, but I was wrong.

The woman working there (Irene?) was super nice and spent tons of time with us. We learned all about the Elephant Seals and tide pools and lots of other stuff.

I was glad it was our first stop because another day we were exploring the tide pools and we were able to identify all the different things we were seeing. We also went to see the seals and already knew some things about them too.

Great little place, full of info and FREE!

3  Thank Tasiadoo
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

Its at a nice place with a pier jutting out. At the center, get teh Big Sur map with attractions detailed out on it. It will be helpful.

3  Thank Danzzzy
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Reviewed 30 March 2012

This is a small facility on the edge of the Pacific Ocean near Hearst Castle. It is staffed with very friendly and knowledgeable people. It provides an educational opportunity for the youngsters in your group. My 8 year old enjoyed it immensely.

1  Thank Darla S
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Reviewed 22 February 2012

good information, interesting and professional. the docent was a little hard to hear.

Thank jf-coarsegold
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Reviewed 14 February 2012

Docents are very knowledgable and helpful with directions and all our questions! Perfect place to learn about the gorgeous history of San Simeon and about the ocean's smallest inhabitants (plankton) all the way up to its largest (whales). We are definitely coming back in July for their annual fair!

Thank GrannyatheBeach
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