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Address: 2000 Bunker Road, Sausalito, CA 94965-2619
Phone Number: 415-289-SEAL
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Description: The largest of six centers that rescue and rehabilitate seals and sea...
The largest of six centers that rescue and rehabilitate seals and sea lions found along the California coast.
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The Marine Mammal Center is responsible for aiding injured and sick sea mammals from along the northern California coast. There are great educational exhibits, many interactive... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 10, 2015
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Sausalito, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

The Marine Mammal Center is responsible for aiding injured and sick sea mammals from along the northern California coast. There are great educational exhibits, many interactive. You can observe the treatment and hospital areas as well as the recovering patients in their pens. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the resident sea life in the area and to... More 

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Bellingham, Washington
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

What a neat place to visit! The work these volunteers do is incredible. You will learn something if you go here! Pretty gift shop, cool displays and educated volunteers!

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Excellent resource for the curious about the marine mammals found along the Pacific coast the centre has a well stocked shop and a lot of information, it's not for people to get up close and personal as most of the exhibits are seals and sea lions rescued. Particularly cute are the pups rescued because they were starving. The heroes who... More 

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Wellesley, Massachusetts, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Do take the docent led tour - it is well worth it for the additional information. It is a bit of luck whether you see many animals - we saw a lot simply because the waters around the area has warmed up forcing the animals to go further out to sea to get fish. This has resulted in an enormous... More 

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Brooklyn
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

If you care at all about marine mammal life, you should visit. This is not a place that wants to keep their animals and show them, the want to rescue, rehabilitate and release.

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Novato, California
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30 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

My teen daughter wanted to visit Marin Mammal Center today. She was here a few years ago on a field trip...she enjoyed it again this time. So did I. For a warm January Sunday, it wasn't very crowded and found parking easily. We joined a docent-led tour....about 45 minutes overall. Student discounts offered. Tour was of facilities with instruction about... More 

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Manteca, California, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Eye liked the concept of what they were doing and it seemed well-run. We wish we could have seen some of the animals, even from a distance :)

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SF Bay Area
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191 reviews 191 reviews
27 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

terrific place to visit. there were only 2 seals visible from the viewing deck and 5 animals total at the center. but the information shared by the volunteer was priceless. he told us about the facility and the water system, solar panels, types of mammals rescued and how and from where. it was so informational and educational. this non-profit center... More 

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Norfolk, Virginia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Back in the Marin Headlands near Saucilito in a fantastically beautiful part of the world. There were few rescuees there (only 2), but we learned a lot. If you are staying in the nearby hostel or in Sausalito, this free attraction is a must.

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Alameda, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Have you ever wondered what happens to the poor stranded seals that get washed up on the shore? Have you ever wondered how they get medical treatment when it is needed? This is the place where the sicked and wounded marine mammals are taken in California. Many are pups that have been separated from their moms and are badly malnourished.... More 

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