We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Buena Vista Audubon Society & Nature Center

Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 2202 South Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054
Phone Number: 760-439-2473
Improve this listing
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 22 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 9
  • 10
    Very good
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
Small but delightful

Easy to drive past this gem in Oceanside. Many of the native birds are on display in the museum. A knowledgeable volunteer answered our varied questions. Although our group was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
San Diego, California
Add Photo Write a Review

22 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

Easy to drive past this gem in Oceanside. Many of the native birds are on display in the museum. A knowledgeable volunteer answered our varied questions. Although our group was comprised of adults, this would be a terrific destination for children. Be certain to wear comfortable shoes for the nature trail as it can be muddy.

Thank CAPoppy28
Cookeville, Tennessee, United States
Level Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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.

Thank Regina L
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
507 reviews
281 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 357 helpful votes
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.

Thank Walker S
Columbia, Missouri
Level Contributor
465 reviews
92 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 291 helpful votes
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 

3 Thank Edge W
Level Contributor
619 reviews
447 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 407 helpful votes
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 

3 Thank on_the_go_98765
San Jose, California
Level Contributor
23 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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 

Thank Perry W
Carlsbad, California
Level Contributor
281 reviews
132 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank Bruce M
Kingston, Arkansas
Level Contributor
23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
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 

2 Thank PARebob
Level Contributor
242 reviews
94 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 315 helpful votes
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.

1 Thank 2TravelersMn
Oceanside, CA
Level Contributor
92 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
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.

2 Thank JamesJOceanside_CA

Travelers who viewed Buena Vista Audubon Society & Nature Center also viewed


Been to Buena Vista Audubon Society & Nature Center? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Buena Vista Audubon Society & Nature Center staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?