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“Great, free attraction”

Marine Mammal Center
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Coastal Marin Headlands Hike from San Francisco
Ranked #2 of 49 things to do in Sausalito
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Owner description: The largest of six centers that rescue and rehabilitate seals and sea lions found along the California coast.
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27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great, free attraction”
Reviewed 15 July 2014

We were somewhat disappointed that the sea lions weren't around when we visited Pier 39 the day before. However, we already had this on our list of things to do in/around Sausalito and we were glad we visited. My children loved it, from the displays and videos, to getting to watch the sea lion feeding. They also enjoyed hearing the volunteer talk about the center and sea lions, as well as answer questions. Over the course of a seven day vacation, my children mentioned the visit to this as center as one of their favorite things. Not only was it fun and informative, but it was free.

Visited June 2014
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Frederick, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Amazing, informative, and unique”
Reviewed 14 July 2014

Great people, interesting displays, and lots and lots of Sea Lions! We arrived a bit early and they allowed us to hang in the classroom...which was lucky for us. We'd have missed it otherwise. Feeling the Sea Lion, Otter, and Seal hides was something we'd never done. Learning about what the Marine Mammal Center did and how it functioned was a bonus. My jaded, skeptical teen boys were actually interested. Miraculous :) OH, and it's FREE! we actually gave a contribution. They are doing good work here.

Visited July 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“off the beaten path and worth it”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

this is a mammal hospital that rehabilitates Sea lions etc. to watch the vets and volunteers at work is amazing to say the least. We saw this rated high on TA and took advantage of the free cost to enter. we did make a small donation when we left. if you want an attraction that costs zero take advantage of this hidden gem and watch caring professionals take care of mammals that in fact we as humans had something to do with their demise. Enjoy the education. and yes my wife and I visited without kids!!

Visited July 2014
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Truckee, California
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351 reviews
131 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“More than you ever wanted to know about seals!”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

If you are into Seals - habitat, habits, medical problems, this is the place. Fascinating and educational. Have been quite a few times and sometimes there are more - or less but always a good number to see.

Visited March 2014
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Mill Valley, California
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29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Fantastic lessons about the environment”
Reviewed 10 July 2014

This is not a zoo. Harbor seals, seal lions and elephant seals are the patients here at the Center, the largest marine mammal hospital in the world. Over 1000 volunteers and staff operate this, most on public donations and memberships. It's now July and the peak season has ebbed since April when over 200 mammals were in care. The docents are very knowledgeable and will answer all your questions. I can't say enough about this place and the kids love it. When they are well the mammals are returned to the ocean. So far this year over 400 have been sent back.

Visited June 2014
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