Seal Adventures 2013
2012 Seal Adventure visitor:
“It was awesome!
Tons of super-friendly docents and rangers.
We learned so much interesting information and enjoyed visiting during a block of time when we could wander freely in a non-crowded environment.”
For two days only, January 26 and 27, 2013, you can have extraordinary access to view hundreds of northern elephant seals at the peak of the mating season on the beaches at Año Nuevo State Park.
Tickets for the Seal Adventures are limited and will certainly sell out –
Cost: $50 per person
Time: Either morning adventure, 8:30-noon,
or afternoon adventure, 1:00-4:30
Dates: Either Saturday, 26 January 2013, or Sunday, 27 January 2013
Thousands of visitors come to Año Nuevo at this time of the year to watch these incredible creatures, as 2-ton male elephant seals battle for access to females, and pregnant females give birth to their pups.
Normally, time viewing the seals has to be limited to accommodate the large crowds of people. For these two days, the number of reservations will be restricted and visitors will be allowed the full morning (8:30-12:00) or the full afternoon (1:00-4:30) to view the seals. This is a rare opportunity, one that can be enjoyed by everyone—from families to avid wildlife photographers.
Your 4-mile journey begins with a walk over bluff trails and rolling sand dunes to the elephant seal viewing area. On the way you will see views of the ocean and Año Nuevo Island, observe the birds and other wildlife, and hear the guttural sound of the bull elephant seals in the distance.
Arriving at the viewing area, be prepared for a memorable experience as you survey the beach crowded with hundreds of elephant seals—the males sparring among themselves, females giving birth and nursing their newly born pups, and seals mating before the pups are weaned. Volunteer naturalists and park staff will be there to answer questions about the seals and the park.
Before and after your time with the seals, you may want to explore historic ranch buildings dating back to the 19th century, visit the Año Nuevo Bookstore and Marine Education Center, and enjoy free refreshments in an old Horse Barn that now serves as a classroom and meeting area.
Tickets for Seal Adventures are limited and will certainly sell out
Logistics: Seal Adventure Weekend will happen rain or shine. Prepare for an outdoor hiking adventure that may include wind, rain, and cold. Recommended clothing includes hooded rain gear, layered clothing, and sturdy walking shoes. For safety reasons, umbrellas and baby strollers are not permitted.
State law does not allow us to waive the parking fees.Therefore, normal parking fees of $10 per car will be collected at the gate unless an annual pass or other parking permit is provided.
The park will be open at 7:30 am and light refreshments will be provided throughout the day in the Horse Barn, where you should proceed for check-in.
Seal Adventures are sponsored by the Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks to raise money to support interpretive and educational programs at Año Nuevo and other state parks on the San Mateo coast. Coastside State Parks Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and $30 of the cost of Seal Adventure tickets is tax deductible.