During the summer holidays from 6 July until 1 September 2019, activities are planned daily in the Sealcentre. Come and visit the largest specialised seal hospital in Europe! Here you can, among other things, book a unique guided tour that takes you behind the scenes. The tour shows you how an international team of vets and seal nurses take care of sick, injured or weakened seals every day.

In the Sealcentre, you come closer to the seals than anywhere else. Look into the quarantines or watch the seals swim underwater. You can see how they are fed or watch them relax in the sun. The ultimate experience is go on one of the Wadden Sea boat trips; a unique look into the seals’ natural habitat with UNESCO World Heritage status! Then you will be able to see them in the wild or be there when rehabilitated seals are released.

The seals in the Sealcentre are wild animals. None of them stay in rehabilitation permanently, because all of them are released when they are healthy. This means that no two visits are the same, due to seals coming and going on a weekly basis.

The Sealcentre is opened daily from 10.00 – 17.00 o’clock.

Wadden garden, Waddenplayground and Summer Pavilion

Our terrain also contains the Wadden garden, Wadden playground and a Summer pavilion where you can recline on our lounge sets with a bite to eat and a drink. From there you can also see Zoë the Pony. This five meter tall art installation was created by Maria Koijck as a statement protesting senseless plastic violence and to honour the volunteers who worked so hard to clean the beaches after the MSC Zoë disaster.

Daily programme

There are some activities that we organise daily, such as guided tours and presentations by the seal enclosures where questions are answered by an employee or seal care nurse.

11.00 & 15.00 o’clock: presentation by the seal enclosure (every day)

Guided tours

Have a look at places usually off-limits to visitors. You will see the seals from closer by and learn what it takes to rehabilitate seals. The tour takes you past the intake room, operating room and fish kitchen, to name a few. Book here tickets (excl. entrance tickets).

Activities summer holiday

Book here tickets for other activities like Seal safari's or Wadden excursions.

Workshop maritime knots 
How many knots are there? What is rope made from? Learn how to make a few knots yourself and create your very own bell rope! Participation is free for all ages.

Workshop pastel drawing
Do you enjoy observing seals and are you creative? Create a beautiful sketch of a seal under the expert guidance of a real artist! All ages are welcome. Participation is €5,00 per person.

Tour the salt marshes
Learn about a characteristic feature of the Groningen coastline by going on a wagon ride and seeing them for yourself. The tour starts in the Visitor’s Centre of the Groninger Landscape foundation where you will watch a short movie about the Wadden Sea, after which you will be taken past dikes and salt marshes by wagon.

Seal Safari
Spot seals and other animals during this boat trip on the Wadden Sea. Tickets can be bought online or at the front desk of the Sealcentre.

Wadden excursion with sand flat hike
Go on an extraordinary boat trip and walk along sand flat during low tide. Tickets can be bought online or at the front desk of the Sealcentre. Midsummer night Wadden tour Unique boat trip on the Wadden Sea that lets you experience the silence of the Wadden for yourself. Tickets can be bought online or at the front desk of the Sealcentre.

Beach Clean-ups
Will you help us rid the Groningen coastline of (plastic) litter? Any help is greatly appreciated! Participation is free for all ages.

Take extra travel time into account during the summer holidays!


The N361 between Groningen and Lauwersoog is the  usual route for motorists from Groningen to drive to the Sealcentre in Pieterburen. This summer holiday - from July 15th to August 23rd - part of this road is blocked between Groningen and Sauwerd.

From Groningen, the start of the Provincialeweg to the Munnikeweg in Adorp is completely blocked for traffic in both directions. Traffic is diverted from Groningen via the N355. Car traffic then goes through Aduard, Roodehaan and Mensingeweer in the direction of Pieterburen. If this route is followed, this means an additional travel time of approximately 12 minutes from Groningen.



Seal you soon!

The Sealcentre does not receive subsidies and is dependent on donators, gifts and entrance fees. With your visit, you contribute to the rehabilitation of the seals in our centre! Buy your ticket to the Sealcentre online with a discount, or just at the front desk. Become a donator, and you’ll have free admittance for the duration of your donatorship!