If you like sea lions and seals, this is a great place to visit. The remodeled center is basically a hospital for wounded coastal wildlife, nursing a variety of mammals back to health. My kids loved it. The staff is very friendly and working hard for a good cause. You can learn lots about the animals and see them up close.
The center seems to be busiest in the spring. You can check on their website how many animals are in residence before you go. We like to see if they have baby seals. There is no fee to see the animals and no fee to park and a great beach across the street (Rodeo beach) You can reach the center from the freeway by going through a tunnel, then following the signs.
When we last visited, the staff was performing an autopsy on a recently deceased animal in one of the rooms. The procedure was quite bloody (but very interesting to my husband and sons) They posted a big sign, warning visitors of the graphic nature of this, to keep people out that might be bothered by visiting this room. We really appreciated this warning, since it would have disturbed my little girls.
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