Elephant Seal Boardwalk, San Simeon, California
15950 Cabrillo Highway, San Simeon, California 93452| Map |
It’s quite a sight to watch the massive elephant seals lug themselves around the sand and water at the Piedras Blancas rookery (elephant seal boardwalk) on Highway 1, seven miles north of San Simeon. About 17,000 seals go to the rookery to molt, breed and give birth. Both kids and adults will be mesmerized with the sheer size of the seals and how they interact. The juvenile male seals are interesting to watch, as they spar in the shallow rocky areas off shore. But mostly the seals seem to lounge. This is due to the fact that they are actually fasting (no food or water) while in the rookery.
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Tips for Families
Visitors to the Piedras Blancas rookery should bring a light jacket to wear even in summer when temperatures can be cool. The best place to watch the seals is from the bluffs. For safety reasons, it’s important that visitors not get close to the seals, which look sluggish but can move quickly.
Address: 15950 Cabrillo Highway, San Simeon, California 93452| Map
Hours: Open 24 hours More Info
Price: Free More Info