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Buena Vista Audubon Society & Nature Center

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Address: 2202 South Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054
Phone Number: 760-439-2473
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Displays at the center exhibit area with well maintained trails for nature walks on the lagoon

Members and volunteers Buena Vista Audubon Society chapter operate the center located at the lagoon alongside Coast Highway 101 in Oceanside, California. The site is one of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Cookeville, Tennessee, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

This is a short walk through somewhat marshy environment. Very little bird activity due to dry conditions in June. Nature Center has good mounts of local mammals and birds.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Members and volunteers Buena Vista Audubon Society chapter operate the center located at the lagoon alongside Coast Highway 101 in Oceanside, California. The site is one of the best locations in the area to observe birds. Excellent for all ages.

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Columbia, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

The center's exhibits are very well done and the volunteers make every visitor welcome. Birders visiting the area can learn a great deal here about what to find and where to go in San Diego County. The degraded condition of the lagoon, with the loss of flow from the ocean and the choking of the system with the reeds should... More 

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Tucson
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

It is only a .3 mile round trip walk around the marsh area and through the reeds and out onto the 2 little view platforms but it is worth the visit. The path is a big loop so you will always end up where you started. Picnic tables make it so comfortable for visitors to stop. Go to the visitors... More 

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

My girlfriend is a birder and wanted to check out this Audubon Society and Nature Center when we were in Carlsbad visiting some friends. The center appears relatively new with nice displays of birds and other wildlife inside their building. We have never seen a Surf Scoter close up and they had one on display. From the upstairs area there... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

The center is a hidden gem located on the Buena Vista lagoon bordering Oceanside and Carlsbad on Coast Highway. Thanks to the hard work and generosity of the community, it has been completely remodeled to provide more and better exhibits, and a wonderful second-floor viewing deck. A small trail enters the wetlands. A huge team of volunteers means the center... More 

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Kingston, Arkansas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Really? A 200 yard hike down a narrow, muddy trail surrounded by 7 foot tall cattails is something spectacular? At a couple of points you could get a glimpse of a pond surrounded by more cattails. Wow, what a letdown. If this is what floats your boat, you'll really be jazzed by some of the numerous neighborhood parks around Oceanside.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

What a lovely spot in Oceanside! Take in the sounds and sights of this beautiful preserve. Be sure to wear a hat and bring your camera. "get some free exercise in the bargin.

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Oceanside, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The lagoon and area is well kept. The staff and volunteers are doing a great job of removing the non-native species to help keep this area a natural preserve. Great place for walks -- fund for kids.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Here is a small gem of a nature center offering a short walk in the lagoon area. The displays inside the center are well done. Families will enjoy an outing here.

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Additional Information about Buena Vista Audubon Society & Nature Center

Address: Address: 2202 South Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054
Phone Number: 760-439-2473
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oceanside
Open Hours:
Tuesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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