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“Not a lot to see, but a lot to learn”

Pacific Marine Mammal Center
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Stroller parking, Wheelchair access
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200 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Not a lot to see, but a lot to learn”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

The number of animals varies as this is a rescue center and depends on who needs rescuing! We saw two seals and a sea lion that we were not supposed to wave to or talk to because they will be returned to the sea when they recover, as wild animals. We saw the seals through chain link fence. Lousy pictures. We saw the sea lion from above, without a fence, and we saw a baby seal that can be played with (by the keepers) but cannot be returned to the wild so will go to a zoo eventually. What blew our minds was the docent; a retired lady pediatrician who taught us and amazed us with knowledge of the sea, the animals, and the rescue service. If you like lectures with friendliness and interaction, go see this "non"- attraction. it was 30-45 minutes depending on all our questions.

Visited October 2012
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Dallas, Texas
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125 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Interesting short stop”
Reviewed September 17, 2012

After reading other reviews I knew the center was small but a very informational attraction. My husband and I are thankful to of stopped and taken the time to learn of the rehabilitation these locally recovered sea mammals receive. It is a well organized center and the volunteers are a pleasure and enjoy what they do.
We spent a little over a half hour there but we enjoyed our time. There is no fee but we left a donation to help the animal program.

Visited September 2012
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed September 3, 2012

I frequently stop by Pacific Marine Mammal Center to check on all of the little patients of the Pacific. The staff is amazing and so informative. Every time I go I learn a little something more than I already knew. What a wonderful place spreading so much care and love to these mammals to return them to their home, the Pacific.

Visited August 2012
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Santa Cruz, CA
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41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Easy side trip - fun”
Reviewed August 30, 2012

This is a tiny place for visitors, but they have a nice layout. We all liked seeing the various seals and sea lions up close. The educational materials are well thought out and informative. What amazed me is the back story to this place which is told on a board at the center (don't skip it!). Absolutely crazy how it got started. Really made an impression on me what one person with passion can accomplish.

Visited July 2012
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Las Vegas, Nevada - USA
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524 reviews
118 attraction reviews
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“Educational & Insightful”
Reviewed August 19, 2012

The facility is easy to find and is next door to the City’s animal shelter (so you will hear barking from dogs). The parking lot is shared by both organizations; one parking lot is paved and fenced, and the other is not.

It is imperative that the public become aware of the tireless work and dedication of staff and volunteers at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. It is not a sea zoo or "fun" attraction so those expecting rides or tricks will need to change their expectations.

This is a facility focused on the care and rehabilitation of live seals, and also serves to educate visitors on what is being done to help and prevent harm to these mammals. Volunteers are very knowledgeable and have a great, contagious passion for sea life. Bob Barker (The Price is Right) is a big supporter of the facility as are many local families.

There were 17 mammals at the facility when we visited but we only saw about 10 of them in the exterior pool areas. In addition to the outdoor area, which is fenced, there is an interior “barn” shelter (visitors are not permitted to enter that area).

Visitors can purchase a variety of items at the gift kiosk such as t-shirts, slippers, cards, etc. Though it is a short visit – we stayed about 15 minutes – learning more about these beautiful animals is helpful so we can do our part in supporting their way of life.

Visited August 2012
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