You have got to go here…Pacific Marine Mammal Center – Laguna Beach, Calif.
Have you ever wanted to something fun while on vacation and help out a good cause as well? Look no further than the Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC).
Located just minutes from the beautiful Pacific Ocean, PMMC has been working to rescue, rehabilitate and release animals since 1971. Not only are they doing good work here, but they allow visitors to come and observe – I guarantee you will have a smile on your face when you leave!
Once you enter the parking lot (free parking), just follow the seal to a fun educational experience!
As soon as you round the corner you will hear the sounds of the many animals that PMMC is helping. Once you enter the grounds be prepared for lots of cuteness…
I couldn’t help but be drawn to the pools that housed the gorgeous native animals. On the day that I visited there were a mixture of Elephant Seal Pups and California Sea Lions. Watching them swim and play was addicting.
Not only can you sit and observe them playing for as long as you like, you may also get an opportunity to see the selfless volunteers help nurse these animals back to health. While I was watching the animals, a friendly volunteer gave me a history of the facility and was more than happy to answer any questions I had. In addition to being a fun place to visit, PMMC is just as much an educational center and offers programs for both adults and children. They also have many volunteer opportunities for people who may have a passion for these animals that goes above just learning about them.
PMCC is place that will warm your heart and your day. If you are visiting the Laguna Beach area, this is a must visit. It is the perfect place to either come by yourself or your family. Spend as little or as long as you want on the grounds taking in the glorious creatures.
While there is no fee to visit, please consider a small donation to help continue the life-saving efforts of PMCC.
My pictures do not do the animals justice, so I encourage you to take some time to see them with your own eyes. OH and by the way, feel free to visit as often as you want as you never know what new arrivals will be on hand!