Posted by Sue on:
Never mind the kids. Everyone--the kids, grandkids, even my 90 year old mother--love the Harbor Seal Preserve in Carpinteria. While the beach is closed 750 feet on both sides of the rookery, you can get a superb view of adult seals and their cubs from the bluffs.
Bring your binocs, don't bring your dogs, and should you talk too loudly, expect to be reprimanded by a member of Seal Watch, a volunteer organization whose members monitor both seal activity and you.
Take the Bailard exit off the 101 and head towards the beach. Follow the footpath about 1/2 mile to view one of nature's delights.