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Elephant Seal Rookery, San Simeon

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Driving along Highway 1 in California, close to San Simeon, you can see Elephant Seal Rookery, a place that played a major role in saving elephant seals from extinction. 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 their strange noises during the breeding season, or watch an adult seal teaching a baby seal how to swim. Work out when and for how long to visit Elephant Seal Rookery and other San Simeon attractions using our handy San Simeon travel itinerary planner.
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  • In April, the seals are on the beach to molt. Literally hundreds of them on the beach and you can get really close up from the boardwalk. There are helpful volunteer guides to answer any questions. Th...  more »
  • A free attraction where you can see real-life elephant seals in the wild! What's not to love? This vista point has plenty of free parking and an amazing elevated view to the animals down below. This i...  more »
  • My best friend and I thoroughly enjoyed watching the seals! We walked along the easy path that had 3 different viewing lookouts. The first is .25, the 2nd is .83, and the 3rd is 1.09 in distance. Beau...  more »