Audio tour of the Marine Mammal Center

July 14, 2010 4:37:20 PM PDT
There's a new way to tour the Marine Mammal Center this summer -- by audio! Leigh Glaser checks it out.

3 ways to visit The Marine Mammal Center's rebuilt facility:

  1. NEW Audio Tours: The new self-paced, 30-minute audio tour offers visitors the opportunity to visit The Marine Mammal Center guided by the voices of experts, including the executive director, veterinary scientists, education experts, and volunteers.

    The tour goes to 20 locations throughout the facility and you hear the familiar sounds of animal patients in the background as well those of some of the Center's volunteers at work.

    The listening devices are available to rent during visitor hours for $10 per person, $5 for members, and FREE when you purchase a new membership (starting at $25 per year).

  2. Docent-Led Tours: Another way to visit The Marine Mammal Center is with a trained docent tour guide who brings groups of visitors through the facilities twice each day.

    Docent guides are very knowledgeable, engaging, and able to address specific questions as needed. Designed for visitors of all ages, the tours are offered more frequently during the summer and through September 11 -- Monday through Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

    Docent tours cost: $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, kids under 4-years old go for free; members and a guest are also free. Book online to guarantee place on the tour at

  3. Free Self-Guided Tour: Visitors who are looking for a more independent option might consider visiting The Marine Mammal Center with a self-guided tour, which includes a map, a rich selection of exhibits for learning, and the option of asking questions at select areas where docents are available. No reservations are needed.
Visiting The Marine Mammal Center:

The Marine Mammal Center is open daily between 10am - 5pm every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission and self-guided tours are free and visitors can sign up for docent-led and audio tours to learn even more about the Center, marine mammals, and the ocean. The Marine Mammal Center is located in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in Sausalito, California.

About the Marine Mammal Center:

The Marine Mammal Center is a non-profit veterinary hospital, research and educational center dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of ill and injured marine mammals -- primarily elephant seals, harbor seals, and California sea lions and to the study of their health.

Since 1975, the Center has been headquartered in the Marin Headlands, within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and has rescued and treated more than 15,000 marine mammals.

Animals are rescued for a variety of reasons, including malnourishment, maternal separation, entanglements and human interactions, as well as diseases.

About Jim Oswald-Marine Mammal Center:

Located near Rodeo Beach, The Marine Mammal Center is nestled in the Marin Headlands with sweeping views of the California Coastline, the Pacific Ocean and Rodeo Lagoon. Visitors who want to make a day of it can hike the miles of park trails around the facility and picnic along the beach.

Other attractions in the park include the Nike Missile Site and Cold War Museum, Point Bonita Lighthouse, Fort Cronkhite, Headlands Center for the Arts, and the Headlands Visitors Center

The Marine Mammal Center
2000 Bunker Road
Fort Cronkhite
Sausalito, CA 94965-2619
Phone: 415.289.7325
Fax: 415.289.7333
Website: www.marinemammalcenter.org

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