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Carpinteria Harbor Seal Preserve and Rookery

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A short walk to an amazing sight!

My daughter and I parked and walked down to the seal rookery. It was simply amazing to watch from... read more

Reviewed June 29, 2018
Santa Barbara, California
Place to stop on a hike

Carpinteria is a wonderful spot to go hiking. There are beautiful beach trails and bluffs and there... read more

Reviewed June 29, 2018
Camarillo, California
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Bailard exit, Carpinteria, CA
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Reviewed August 7, 2018

I love walkingup to see the pups as I have done for years. Having knowledgable volunteers creates an educational experience for all. I give the rookery an average due to the number of disturbances that occur during the season even though the beach is closed....More

1  Thank Kathy E
Reviewed July 13, 2018 via mobile

Took four kids (11,7,5,6) and three adults (34,37,61) to the seal preserve today. We parked on the Bailard Ave exit off the 101. There is a trail parking lot that is free. The walk to the seal preserve is about a half mile from there....More

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Reviewed June 29, 2018

My daughter and I parked and walked down to the seal rookery. It was simply amazing to watch from above all the activity and natural behaviours of the seals. A perfect place for kids!

1  Thank 955connies
Reviewed June 29, 2018

Carpinteria is a wonderful spot to go hiking. There are beautiful beach trails and bluffs and there is ample parking off Ballard Ave. (among other places). One of the fun places to stop is the seal rookery. Especially when the baby seals are there. It's...More

Thank camamare
Reviewed June 9, 2018

It was a much longer walk than we had anticipated. You could barely make out the seals from the rocks. This is however a unique experience.

Thank barbarabO4575FM
Reviewed May 28, 2018 via mobile

My daughter hopes to be a marine biologist some day. I took her to the Seal Sanctuary to see the desk moms and pups which are protected on the beach. Naturally you can’t get close but you can get a wonderful view from the cliffs...More

Thank Ally G
Reviewed May 20, 2018 via mobile

I love this quick gettaway fix from Camarillo. I've been going for years now We couldn't get it together to make it to low tide to see the pools but we still enjoyed the 50 or so seals hauled out on the beach. Lots of...More

Thank Bridget B
Reviewed April 21, 2018 via mobile

Thanks to the volunteers from SealWatch for giving their time to both protect this seal birthing site and provide useful information to visitors. Spent a happy hour watching the seal moms and pups, pelicans and dolphins. Easily accessed down the attractively named Dump Rd (off...More

1  Thank Travel_Molette
Reviewed April 12, 2018

As you are riding along the bike path (or walking) seeing the salt marsh, tar pits along side a beautiful vista of the ocean, there is a little nook where the seals, pelicans and seagulls have called their own. Humans are at the top of...More

Reviewed April 9, 2018 via mobile

Thanks so much for telling me about this place. We hiked the trails and ended up looking down at many beautiful seals!

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Response from beckysouix | Reviewed this property |
attraction beckysoui... CA 0 Votes You can ride your bike to the rookery along the bike path (seperated from the freeway) from Mussell Shoals. to Rincon. From Rincon, stay along the frontage road to the left side of the 101... More