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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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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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A nice little nature center

This place is right by my apartment and I love it. There's a nice little nature center to visit, but the real gem is the trail that winds through the reeds. It's a really short... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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78 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is right by my apartment and I love it. There's a nice little nature center to visit, but the real gem is the trail that winds through the reeds. It's a really short hike and quite beautiful (but if you go out at dawn or dusk, wear mosquito repellent).

Thank heatherh0p
Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

This would be a wonderful learning experience for children both in the nature center and along the walking trails. It is interesting for adults as well. A number of local birds and animals (taxidermy) are displayed in the center along with information about them. There is a large teaching area for classes on the 1st floor of the center. Everything... More 

Thank capitollover
San Diego, California
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39 reviews
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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
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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
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571 reviews
324 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 369 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
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469 reviews
92 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 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
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700 reviews
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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 

3 Thank on_the_go_98765
San Jose, California
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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
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290 reviews
133 attraction reviews
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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 

1 Thank Bruce M
Kingston, Arkansas
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28 reviews
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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 

2 Thank PARebob

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