The Piedras Blancas Rookery is the only elephant seal rookery in the world that is easily accessible, free, and open to the public all year long.
What To Do
San Simeon offers a variety of activities, tours, and sightseeing locations for visitors to enjoy during their stay at one of the most beautiful destinations along the Central Coast.
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When visiting the elephant seal rookery in San Simeon, be sure to find a volunteer wearing a blue jacket to get all your questions answered. These volunteer docents are specially trained to help educate the public. Enrich your experience by asking the docents questions on your next visit.
Each week the Coastal Discovery Center invites visitors to participate in its Plankton Monitoring program and other programs.
From the Blog
Hearst Castle is the ultimate celebrity magnet, drawing guests such as Winston Churchill and Howard Hughes. Likewise, current celebrities such as Lady Gaga, who recently filmed her “G.U.Y.” video, are seen there. In 1958, the Hearst Corporation generously donated the estate to California State Parks, which recently created a series of insider tours. Read More >