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Ano Nuevo State Reserve

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Address: New Years Creek Road, Pescadero, CA
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Home to the largest mainland seal colony in the world.

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Worth the trip - a casual and easy adventure

Went worth friends and called ahead to request a birding docent - a wonderful volunteer biologist and birder joined us for the walk and pointed out surprises along the way - a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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San Francisco, California
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42 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went worth friends and called ahead to request a birding docent - a wonderful volunteer biologist and birder joined us for the walk and pointed out surprises along the way - a badger hole, various sparrows identified by song (it was mid-day so it wasn't really a bonanza time for birding), pelagic cormorants, and apparently an errant (very errant) lone... More 

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CA
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27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is a LONG walk out to see the elephant seals, but I'm glad we went. Had a nice time, and the docents are great at explaining things without making things boring. The walk was around 3+ moles round trip, but it's a smooth walk most of the way. Not much actual walking on sand, which is a plus. We... More 

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Fremont, California
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133 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped by just to look at the beach. The park ranger was super friendly, the gift shop is nice, the other historic buildings are in great condition, the grounds are gorgeous, and it was a beautiful day.

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Frederiksberg, Denmark
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98 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

At Ano Nuevo State Park you have a chance to see elephant seals up close. In april you will only see the she elephants seals and their young, but it is still worth a visit. There are quite a walk from the entrance to the elephant seals, so remember good shoes and set aside 2-3 hours for your visit.

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Riverside, California
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152 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I'd never heard of this park before; we spotted it on the map as we were heading north on Highway 1 and decided to drop in. What a treat! A nice visitor's center and gorgeous trails out onto the headlands. It couldn't have been more beautiful, with a new vista at each turn in the trail we were on. Unfortunately... More 

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Park City, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017

Ano Nuevo State Reserve is along PCH 1 north of Santa Cruz and is a wonderful place to hike and learn. They have tours which take about 2 hours that you should try to arrange. Take warm clothes because the winds tend to blow all the time.

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CA
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2017

My parents took me here when I was a kid, and I still remember the experience. Now that my kids are 8 and 10, we made the journey to see the elephant seals. I hope they remember it fondly just like I do! From January-March, you need to be a part of a docent-led tour. Make reservations! Outside of those... More 

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California
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20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017

If you are into nature and want to see animals in their natural habitat this is a must see! Every year thousands of elephant seals come to Año Nuevo to give birth and mate. You HAVE TO make a reservation to visit this park and see the elephant seals during Dec-Mar months. This can be done easily online. Make sure... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

We all enjoyed the coastal beauty and occasional rainbows during our afternoon walk out to see the remaining Elephant seal males, females, weaners and pups. Our guide was energetic, friendly and knowledgeable. We all learned something about the seals by the end of our tour.

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Leuven, Belgium
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Get ready to see nature as it should be. I am glad that there are place where you can get close to the wild animal without disturbing their natural habitat. This park is on the route 1 and in order to get to the seals you will have to walk a mile or mile and a half the complete trip... More 

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