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Multiple Days: 12/31/2016, 01/01/2017, 01/02/2017, 01/07/2017, 01/08/2017, 01/14/2017, 01/15/2017, 01/16/2017, 01/21/2017, 01/22/2017, 01/28/2017, 01/29/2017, 02/04/2017, 02/05/2017, 02/11/2017, 02/12/2017, 02/18/2017, 02/19/2017, 02/20/2017, 02/25/2017, 02/26/2017, 03/04/2017, 03/05/2017, 03/11/2017, 03/12/2017, 03/18/2017, 03/19/2017, 03/25/2017, 03/26/2017, 04/01/2017, 04/02/2017, 04/08/2017, 04/09/2017, 04/15/2017, 04/16/2017, 04/22/2017, 04/23/2017, 04/29/2017, 04/30/2017 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM
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Gray whale breaching. Photo by Merrill Gosho (NOAA).

1:30 pm on Weekends & Federal Holidays, January through April

Join a Ranger to learn about gray whales as they migrate past Point Reyes. Learn about their habits and adaptations, and hope for a whale sighting from the Observation Deck. Program lasts 30 minutes.

This program is given out-of-doors. Come prepared for windy, cold and damp weather.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the high volume of traffic out to the Lighthouse and Chimney Rock areas during the gray whale migration, the park will be operating a shuttle bus system from the Drakes Beach parking lot (usually from New Year's weekend to Easter each year on weekends and holidays-weather permitting). Sir Francis Drake Boulevard from South Beach to the Lighthouse and Chimney Rock areas WILL BE CLOSED during shuttle operating hours.

The program begins at the Lighthouse Visitor Center. From the Lighthouse Visitors' parking area / Shuttle Stop, walk toward the Lighthouse for about 0.6 kilometers (0.4 miles). If the shuttles are operating, be sure to arrive at Drakes Beach at least an hour before the program start time to ride the shuttle in order to arrive at the program on time.

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1:30 PM to 2:00 PM

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Tags: Journey, whales, Gray Whale, Point reyes, Point Reyes Lighthouse, Point Reyes National Seashore, lighthouse, whale watching

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1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956


(415) 464-5100
This number will initially be answered by an automated attendant, from which one can opt to access a name directory, listen to recorded information about the park (i.e., directions to the park; visitor center hours of operation; weather forecast; fire danger information; shuttle bus system status; wildlife updates; ranger-led programs; seasonal events; etc.), or speak with a ranger. Please note that if you are calling between 4:30 pm and 10 am, park staff may not be available to answer your call.

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