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The Coastal Discovery Center Is Closed To The Public.

While the Monterey office is open, preparations are underway to reopen the center this summer. Please check in with center before planning your visit, as we're following local and departmental guidance regarding COVID-19 and future closures. We thank you for your understanding. (5/12/2022)

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Coastal Discovery Center

Welcome to the Coastal Discovery Center, 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.

Free Admission!


Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Call for summer and vacation week hours: (805) 927-6575
School groups welcome by appointment. Call (805) 927-2145.

Located at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach just across the entrance from Hearst Castle on Highway One near the historic town of San Simeon.

Directions and local Chamber of Commerce information

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