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Pacific Marine Mammal Center

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Address: 20612 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Phone Number: +1 949-494-3050
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Description: The Pacific Marine Mammal Center rescues, rehabilitates and releases...
The Pacific Marine Mammal Center rescues, rehabilitates and releases marine mammals and inspires ocean stewardship through research, education and collaboration. We are open to the public for visitors every day from 10am - 4pm. We are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Day. There is no charge for visiting us, but donations are appreciated!
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Doing a Great Job for the Animals

This isn't Sea World, folks. It's a very small facility that helps injured mammals - sea lions, harbor seals, elephant seals, etc - rehabilitates them and sends them back to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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California City, California
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135 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This isn't Sea World, folks. It's a very small facility that helps injured mammals - sea lions, harbor seals, elephant seals, etc - rehabilitates them and sends them back to their natural habitat. The people who work there are great with their detailed information about what they do and also on the behaviors of the rescued animals. They are happy... More 

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PacificMMC, Public Relations Manager at Pacific Marine Mammal Center, responded to this review

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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164 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We had a blast here at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. It's a small facility and our visit was immeasurably heightened by finding a volunteer and asking her as many questions as we could come up with about the Seals and Sea Lions. These animals are going through rough times these days because global warming is sending their food supply... More 

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PacificMMC, Public Relations Manager at Pacific Marine Mammal Center, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting! Come back soon! More 

London, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This is a wonderful place, the volunteers who work here rehabilitating these wonderful creatures are very knowledgable and friendly, and it was good to see the animals up close. I will definately go back.

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Thank you very much for visiting! More 

Laguna Beach, California
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12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Interesting to see the facility and how they rehab the animals. Gives you an up close view of humanity in action.

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PacificMMC, Public Relations Manager at Pacific Marine Mammal Center, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed your visit! Thank you! Please come again! More 

NJ
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121 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We enjoyed contributing to help the wildlife. The story of how this place was founded was quite inspiring. Our docent was quite knowledgeable & very pleasant. We had a little trouble finding the place and actually drove by it. It’s a short stop, no more than 1 hour.

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PacificMMC, Public Relations Manager at Pacific Marine Mammal Center, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us! We appreciate your feedback! More 

California, USA
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684 reviews
168 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 243 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Seals and sea lions up close in a rescue mission. What better place than to educate your children how WE can help and NOT trash our environment. I feel sorry for the reviews less than very good, these people don't understand the VALUE of this place. Thanks and keep up the good work. Recommended for Families and open minded Adults.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

The center is taking care of dozens of seals and sea lions! The volunteers are friendly and helpful, willing to answer anyone's questions. They had just released four animals the morning that we visited.

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Rancho Mirage, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

It is very interesting to See the sea lions and seals and to learn about them. Friendly volunteers explain everything, answer questions and point out interesting facts about the animals.

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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Learned a lot about sea lions today! Very nice place. Staff was very knowledgeable and we're able to answer any questions you may have.

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Laguna Beach, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Co-founded by John Cunningham, a lifeguard in the 1960s, the PMMC is an amazing hospital that saves the lies of hundreds of seals and sea lions every year. This is one of the most amazing "hospitals" in action you're ever going to see. They rescue these poor guys and nurse them back to health (with a whole lot of custom... More 

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