Notice: Penguin & Puffin Coast will be closed on some dates and times June 3-5, 2015 due to events at the new McDonnell Polar Bear Point, which opens to the public on June 6. We apologize for any inconvenience.
- Wednesday, June 3 — open 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; closed 1-5 p.m.
- Thursday, June 4 — closed 8 a.m.-12 noon; open noon-4 p.m.
- Friday, June 5 — closed to the public all day, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Welcome to the chilly world of Penguin & Puffin Coast -- where four different species of penguins, two types of puffins, and various other water birds make their home in breathtaking rocky cliffs and frigid water.
Dennis & Judy Jones Family Humboldt Haven
You'll enter this fascinating world along a rugged coastline to Humboldt Haven, the outdoor home of our Humboldt penguins. Here a 22-foot-waterfall plunges into a misty tidal pool. Above the pool looms a craggy rock outcropping, with six Humboldt nesting chambers carved into the face of the rock. Windswept grasses jut out along the stony shore. The active Humboldts share their habitat with two brown pelicans, a common neighbor in their South American homeland. Surging tides and ambient sounds of terns, cormorants, gulls and sea lions add to the Humboldt Haven experience.
Lichtenstein Penguin Cove
From here the path leads indoors to two spacious domed exhibits, complete with rugged coastlines, towering rockscapes and underwater viewing of lively penguins. At Penguin Cove, the first walk-through sub-Antarctic penguin exhibit in North America, you will take a journey through high coastal cliffs, like those of the island of South Georgia, to watch penguins on land and underwater. This watery world is a shared habitat for the small gentoo penguin, the agile rockhopper penguin and the stately king penguin.
Taylor Family Puffin Bay
Then, as you travel through a rough-hewn cave, you'll arrive at Puffin Bay, home to these fast-swimming birds of the Northern Hemisphere. Puffin Bay, complete with rocky cliffs and frigid water, houses both the horned puffin and tufted puffin. Like their penguin counterparts, puffins are black-and-white birds skilled in diving and swimming. They are known as "sea parrots" or "clowns of the sea." Other northern water bird species live in Puffin Bay too, like the beautiful king eider.
The exhibit's barrel-vault ceiling features theatrical lighting, which can be used to simulate a colorful sunrise, a sunset over the horizon, or the reversed seasons. Sounds of crashing waves and a sea lion's bark can be heard in the distance. With a constant temperature of 45-50º F., this walk-through habitat is a sure-fire visitor favorite in summer and a comfortable destination year-round.
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