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Plan your next trip around one of San Simeon's special events.

  • January 20 - February 25, 2018 Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay Open
    The Coastal Discovery Center is a joint venture between the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and California State Parks. Located on beautiful San Simeon Bay, the Coastal Discovery Center celebrates the connection between land and seas.

    The Center offers interactive exhibits and education programs which highlight the cultural and natural history of Old San Simeon, California State Parks, and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The interface of land and sea is unique, drawing people for its rich bounty, economic opportunity, recreation and inspiration. Protection of these special places preserves them for use and enjoyment for generations to come.

    Free Admission, Friday through Sunday, 11am to 5pm
  • January 20 - February 27, 2018 Piedras Blancas Light Station Historical Tour
    Go back in time to the lonely and blustery life of the lighthouse keeper with a visit to the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse. First lit on February 15, 1875, to guide ships along the Central Coast of California, the 100-foot-high lighthouse operated for 100 years. In 1975, the tower was automated and the station went unmanned. In the fall of 2001, the Bureau of Land Management began restoring the light station and grounds.

    Piedras Blancas Light Station has been congressionally designated an Outstanding Natural Area. Teeming with wildlife, the surrounding area is home to elephant seals, otters, peregrine falcons, harbor seals and California sea lions; and if you go during whale season you might spot a mother and calf as they make their way north.

    Tours of the light station are offered Monday through Saturday, except federal holidays. Meet at the former Piedras Blancas Motel, located 1.5 miles north of the light station, at 9:45. Do not wait at the gate to the site!
  • January 20 - February 24, 2018 Coastal Discovery & Stewardship Film Festival: Disneynature Oceans

    The Coastal Discovery & Stewardship Film Festival will be held at the Hearst Castle Theater, which is an Iworks large-format theater with a five-story screen, as part of a celebration in January and February. Disneynature's Oceans will be screened with a brief educational intro from the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The film will be shown starting at 6pm on Saturday nights:  January 13th, January 20th, January 27th, February 3rd, February 10th, February 17th and February 24th.

    We are excited to be featuring the film Disneynature Oceans at the historic Hearst Castle Theater for six consecutive Saturdays during the celebration. This is a spectacular story about remarkable creatures under the sea. Stunning images await viewers as they journey into the depths of a wonderland filled with mystery, beauty and power. It's an unprecedented look at deep-water creatures through their own eyes. Incredible state-of-the-art underwater filmmaking will take your breath away as you migrate with whales, swim alongside a great white shark and race with dolphins at play. Filled with adventure, comedy and drama, Oceans is a fascinating and thought-provoking experience you will not soon forget. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPJsQ6lSdYo

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