Coastal Discovery Center
Dolphins, courtesy of Laskeek Bay Conservation Society
Steller Sea Lions, courtesy of NOAA
Humpback tail fluke, courtesy of Erin Falcone
William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach
Highway 1, across from Hearst Castle
Open Year Round
Friday - Sunday
11:00am – 5:00pm
Picnic Facilities, Restrooms, Wheelchair Accessible
The Coastal Discovery Center is a joint venture between Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and California State Parks. Located on beautiful San Simeon Bay, the Coastal Discovery Center celebrates the connection between land and sea.
The Center offers interactive exhibits and education programs which highlight the cultural and natural history of San Simeon, California State Parks and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The interface of land and sea is unique here, drawing people for its rich bounty, economic opportunity, recreation and inspiration. Protecting these special places preserves them for use and enjoyment for generations to come. Admission to the Center is free.
Take a stroll along the 800 foot-long pier and get a close look at San Simeon Bay. Interpretive signs teach you about the history of San Simeon Bay and the marine birds and mammals that live there. Binoculars and Wildlife of San Simeon Bay guides can be checked out at the Center before your walk. You never know what interesting wildlife will appear!