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Address: Route 1, Carmel, CA 93923
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Watch whales in winter and sea lions all year round at this Bay Area nature...

Watch whales in winter and sea lions all year round at this Bay Area nature reserve, which offers hiking, walking, bird watching, scuba diving and magnificent views.

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This is wonderful place to spend some time taking in the spectacular ocean scenery with magnificent crashing waves and rock formations. We were fortunate to see numerous harbor... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Bedford, New Hampshire
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Bedford, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is wonderful place to spend some time taking in the spectacular ocean scenery with magnificent crashing waves and rock formations. We were fortunate to see numerous harbor seals both swimming in the coves and basking on the beach. We also spotted several otters. Bird island is aptly named as there were thousands of birds there. Unfortunately some of the... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were hesitant to pay the $10 since we'd just driven the coastline to Big Sur and were afraid we'd just see the same thing we'd seen all day (which is breathtaking of course). But we were so happy we did. It's totally different as it is an actual hike around a lagoon-like area where the water is all shades... More 

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Albion
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very popular so go early or late. Many people park outside and walk in but i like to pay the fee to help the Park to continue to take good care of it, and the sea life. Docents add a lot to our understanding.

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Danville, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is one of my favorite places to hike when in the Carmel area. Easy hikes with beautiful views of the ocean. You can often see migrating whales, harbor seals and otters. The park docents are very nice and have binoculars you can borrow.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Not exactly for a toddler, but beautiful to see. Nice trails and the foliage/paths are well kept for safe exploration.

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Carmel Valley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

So many different walks for all ages. Extraordinary vistas. Beautiful natural setting. A chance to see a vast variety of sea animals. Love being here and love sharing it with family and friends. It is where we go to celebrate our birthdays.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful walk along the coastal path taking in the awesome vistas and wildlife. Saw sea otters, sea lions, seals and dolphins.

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Richmond, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Each time I am in the area I make a point of stopping at this nature reserve. It's impeccably well maintained, and a perfect place to have a picnic and explore for the day, or even a few hours. Small coves are waiting to be discovered, you are almost guaranteed to see seals and sea otters, and the views you... More 

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Monterey, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Hiked with MeetUp.com there were about 25 of us. Started by the ranger's station and went right down the path to where it T's. Then went left and hiked along the coast. A Volunteer had an educational station setup in a parking lot and we could feel the different animal pelts that roam the state park. We saw whale spouts... More 

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Carmel, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Love this walk or hike...whatever you want to make it. Not really good in the rain though. You can see all sorts of wildlife and the smell of the forest is wonderful. Go, you will not regret it.

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