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Public and Private Tours

Make your vacation extra special! Join one of our Docent-led Tours or arrange a Private Guided Tour for you and yours!

The Marine Mammal Center is an interesting and inspiring destination for all!  Bring your group to learn about our work, see our seal and sea lion patients and be inspired by the dedication of our volunteer workforce.  

General Information

Our Private Guided Tour:

  • Includes hands-on exploration with pelts and skulls
  • One-hour long
  • Adult and Family groups of 15 or more must make a reservation in advance for a paid program or tour and for the Self-Guided Visits as we need to control the numbers of visitors at the Center.
  • It is best if you make a reservation several months in advance as our schedule fills quickly. Please read all of the information below before completing a Reservation Request Form.

Reservation Information

Individuals and families with fewer than 10 people can join our Docent-Led Tours.

Within two weeks of submitting your request form, you will receive a reply by phone or email. Once we confirm your reservation request, you will receive a confirmation packet and invoice. We require payment or receipt of a purchase order one month before your scheduled program date.

Private Guided Tour

Enjoy a private 45 minute guided tour of our state-of-the-art facility.Our educator will escort your group through this unique outdoor animal rehabilitation hospital, answering questions and sharing current patients’ stories.You will view seal and sea lion patients and learn how our hospital functions. Look into key areas such as the fish kitchen, chart room, laboratory and post-mortem (optional). Depending on the number and type of patients we have onsite, you may be able to watch animal care crews in action preparing and offering food, cleaning pens, and helping with medical procedures, and observe technicians doing laboratory analyses. Hands-on experiences with rescue equipment and touching pelts enhance the tour and highlight the characteristics, behavior, and adaptations of our seal and sea lion patients.


  • $160 for up to 20 participants, for 45 minutes

Days Available: Monday through Friday. Occasionally, we have weekend availability..

Frequently Asked Questions  |   Reservation Request Form**

*All rates are subject to change without notice.
**Reservation requests are subject to educator availability. This is not a booked appointment.

Please Note: All school and student groups please visit this page instead.

Self-Guided Visit

Reserve a time to lead your own group (of more than 10 people) through a self-guided visit of The Marine Mammal Center's public areas. Exhibits throughout the facility inform your group about our work. Docents stationed at the Info Desk and Upper Viewing Area are available most days to answer questions. Enjoy viewing seal and sea lion patients, and look into key areas such as the fish kitchen, chart room and laboratory. Depending on patient care activities, you may be able to watch animal care crews in action preparing food, feeding animals, cleaning pens, and doing other animal care activities.

Please note: Although there is no charge for a Self-Guided Visit, we need to limit the overall number of people visiting the Center at one time.  Therefore, if you have more than 10 people in your group, reservations are required at least two weeks in advance to reserve a one-hour block of time for your group's Self-Guided Visit. 

  • Self-Guided Visit Length: 30 minutes
  • Group size: Up to 10 people
  • Available Days and Times: Daily from 2:00 pm and after.

Pet Policy:

For the health and safety of both Center patients and domestic pets, pets (except fully immunized service dogs) are prohibited in the Center buildings and public areas of the facility. Service dogs are allowed to enter in the public areas only.

Frequently Asked Questions  |   Reservation Request Form  


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