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Pacific Marine Mammal Center

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Address: 20612 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-1137
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
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The Pacific Marine Mammal Center rescues, rehabilitates and releases marine...

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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Close views of wildlife in an educational setting

Docents greet you and explain why the animals are there and how they are rehabbed. The sea lions are very playful. Several cute exhibits that describe sea life and hazards to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Sheri V
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Fountain Valley, California
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Fountain Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Docents greet you and explain why the animals are there and how they are rehabbed. The sea lions are very playful. Several cute exhibits that describe sea life and hazards to wildlife. The volunteers here are very passionate about their work and enjoy sharing with visitors.

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Thank Sheri V
chester le street
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Called in on way to Beach, worth seeing the work they do re-homing animals, and the people giving the talks were helpful and informative.

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Winnetka
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this attraction is free but i have never found an attraction that was harder to find and i drove past it 3 times before i realized that it was the same entrance as the dog pound

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Aliso Viejo, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped by and the kids loved seeing the rescued seals and sea lions. It smells a little stink like fish but hey, what else would you expect?

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Thank CaribbeanFan79
Cupertino, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This facility is a critical center/hospital for rehabilitating injured and/or malnourished marine mammals, in particular sea lions, harbor seals and elephant seals. Note that there is no charge to visit and you will only be able to view the patients from outside a fence and cannot visit inside the small building where sicker mammals are treated. However, there are dedicated... More 

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Thank WorldTravelLovers
San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My son loves animals of all kinds so we stopped by on the way home from Laguna. THIS IS NOT AN ATTRACTION. it shouldn't even be listed under "attractions". There is nothing to see but 2 places where they rehab the sea lions. The volunteers are super knowledgeable but please understand you will have nothing to entertain you. They will... More 

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Thank beachlover987654
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

These animals are adorable! They make everyone smile. The process of how they find them is great. The elephants seals were my personal favorite. The other animals are very cute too! We loved the adorble seals and sea lions!!!

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Thank Laura C
Laguna Woods, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016

It was fun to see the rescued seals and sea lions. The docents were helpful and explained a lot to us. It is amazing how many animals they are rescuing and I enjoy reading about the ones that get released back into the water. The visit is free but they do take donations.

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Thank meeser
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016

This is a terrific place and the staff is very committed. You can see all the different steps of assisting the mammals and how they are progressing. There is a gift shop that supports them and you can purchase a brick that is placed where you walk into the center. The volunteers have a lot of knowledge, so ask them... More 

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Thank Linda G
Las Vegas, NV
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

This facility is doing great rehab work! The docent are there to answer questions and to tell you about the animals. If you are in there area stop in and see them and donate. This is such a great cause to help these animals.

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