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

W.R. Hearst Memorial Beach, San Simeon, CA 93452
+1 805-927-6575
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Interesting Small Visitors Center

There are several interactive video displays with focus on natural features and cultural history of... read more

Reviewed 2 May 2017
Oxnard, California
Discover the enthusiasm

We popped in here on our drive down Highway 1 to initially take a walk out onto San Simeon pier... read more

Reviewed 23 October 2016
Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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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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W.R. Hearst Memorial Beach, San Simeon, CA 93452
+1 805-927-6575
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Reviewed 2 May 2017

There are several interactive video displays with focus on natural features and cultural history of the area. There is also a microscope with a projector so that visitors can look at tiny sea creatures found offshore.

Thank Poipuvisitor
Reviewed 23 October 2016

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...More

4  Thank Holi-Ray
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.

1  Thank pbsheth
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.

1  Thank David2012C
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.

Thank Jenni-Lee B
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...More

2  Thank Tarol
Reviewed 1 September 2015

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

Thank lynnprin
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

2  Thank kheinemeier
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...More

1  Thank DCtravels11
Reviewed 30 July 2015

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

1  Thank Sandy T
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Jamie Lynne H
9 August 2017|
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9 August 2016|
Response from David2012C | Reviewed this property |
It is free of charge.