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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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Wonderful place to see, great organization to support

Very glad we stopped into this worthy organization. You can see the dozens of seals and sea lions they are helping get healthy and back home in the ocean. From the volunteer... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Oak Park, Illinois
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Oak Park, Illinois
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Very glad we stopped into this worthy organization. You can see the dozens of seals and sea lions they are helping get healthy and back home in the ocean. From the volunteer workers I think I learned more about seals than at any zoo I've ever been to.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Got there at feeding time so got to see lots of active seals- good education from the docent on what they do- worth the visit!

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New York City, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We were led on a personal tour of the marine mammal rescue center. It is free, but we made a donation to this wonderful place.

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Orange County, Ca
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94 reviews 94 reviews
17 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

It doesn't take long to see the entire facility but the experience will stay with you all day. The people that work here are so kind and really take care to help the mammals learn to survive on their own at some point in the future. So thankful that there are people who help the stranded and damaged mammals get... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Really nice place to see taking care of the sick seals. People are really friendly and are very informative. Great cause.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 via mobile

This organization is mainly sustained by volunteers. They have rescued thousands of sea lions and seals since their beginning. The animals are nursed back to health and then released back into the ocean. Facility is small and not real easy to find, but GPS took us there flawlessly. Fascinating operation to see. Free but donations accepted. Small gift shop.

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Chicago, Illinois
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

This center, north of town on Highway 133 (Laguna Canyon Road) , is where orphaned, sick, and injured seals and sea lions are treated and, hopefully, then released. It is free and open to the public. 'Patients' can be viewed in fenced pens with pools in them. They are adorable. There is also much educational material on seal habitats and... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

This is a wonderfully worthwhile project. However, it's a very small facility and takes about 20 minutes to fully visit. If you're on Laguna Canyon Road, it's worth a stop. If you're not in the area, it's really a long drive--often with terrible, slow traffic.

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Boston, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Never knew this place existed, but saw a clip on the news that they had just taken in more sick sea lions and decided to go visit. What a nice little place! The volunteers greeted us and were so informative and pleasant. They told us all about the different animals and why they were there. You can see the seals... More 

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Rochester, Mi
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

We were visiting family in the area and driving from San Diego to Seal Beach so decided to stop for a visit.... yes, it was Christmas Eve so I checked the website that morning which said...open every day. When we got there at 10am there were a few cars in the lot and the sign said OPEN EVERY DAY 10-4...... More 

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