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Pacific Marine Mammal Center


Growing up just steps from the sand in Laguna Beach, the Pacific Marine Mammal Center has always been a favorite place for me to visit.


I will never forget the time when my mom discovered an injured pelican on the beach. She wrapped the pelican in a towel and drove her cherry red Volvo down Laguna Canyon with the bird sitting on her lap to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. I have no memory of if they were able to help the bird, but I will never forget the love that my mom gave to that animal. My love and passion for animals came from my mother, and I love getting to share that love with my children when visiting places like the Pacific Marine Mammal Center.



The Pacific Marine Mammal Center has been in Laguna Canyon for my entire life growing up in Orange County, and they are dedicated to helping injured animals, and then releasing them back in the ocean.


Every time that I tell the kids we are going to visit the sea lions at the center, they run throughout the house collecting all their money to donate to the animals. The center is funded on donations, and the donations that families give to the center allows them to help more animals.



What your family can expect.
There are always two sea lions who are not releasable that live at the center for your children to visit. Otherwise, it depends on the recent rescues as to how many animals your children will get to see. When we were there yesterday, they had just rescued a sea lion that morning who had severe shark bites. (Although this animal was in the back getting care)



There are always volunteers who will talk to your children about the animals, how they can help keep the oceans clean and answer all of their questions. The volunteers are always kind, knowledgeable, and happy to spend time talking with your children.



Your children can watch the animals swimming or just sitting in the sun through the fencing. There are also lots of educational displays where your children can learn about the animals.



Where is it located?
It is located right in the center of Laguna Canyon (neighboring the dog park). Parking can be tricky, and they ask that families park in the designated parking places for the center. The address is: 20612 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach.

Walk over the bridge to the center

Walk over the bridge to the center

There is no fee to visit the center, although donations are happily accepted

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