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Living Coast Discovery Center

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Living Coast Discovery Center is a nonprofit zoo and aquarium located on San Diego Bay. Greet a sea turtle as she swims up to say hello! Get eye-to-eye with a bald eagle! Touch a bat ray in our interactive touch pool! Peruse Raptor Row and see the...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
1000 Gunpowder Point Dr, Chula Vista, CA 91910-8222
+1 619-409-5900
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

So my wife and I decided to visit Living Coast Discovery Ce yet without doing too much research, which let me tell you was a big mistake, pulled into small parking lot for shuttle bus which took a little while to get there, then pulled...More

Thank britboy8837
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is small, but good for children. It’s something to do while in San Diego. We spent 1 hour here. Short visit, but worth it.

Thank lorenad535
Reviewed August 12, 2018

Love this place. Great to walk near the Bay. Saw many birds n bunnies including an Osprey. The refuge has sharks turtles stingrays and many birds. You do not need to pay the fee to walk the trails and not go into the building. Binoculars...More

Thank DmfW
Reviewed August 9, 2018 via mobile

Well, I loved this place. Small, intimate setting of giant sea turtles, sharks, sting rays and many other sea creatures. Also, many owls, hawks, bald eagle, golden eagle, road runner. Snakes, lizards... just on a smaller scale than an aquarium or zoo. Check their feeding...More

Thank motherchristmas61
Reviewed July 22, 2018

This aquarium/nature center is small but friendly, great for a few hours with our 2 small children (4 and 5 at the time). Its a hidden gem... tucked away so that you'd almost never know it was there. Since it is in the middle of...More

Thank flymolo
Reviewed July 21, 2018 via mobile

We have been visiting every year with our son who is now a teenager and still enjoys going there. Plan for an hour in the building and another outside if you wander in the marsh. Also add 15 min for the bus ride each way...More

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Reviewed July 9, 2018

Went with grandma and the kids. It don't have a lot of aquariums, but it has a lot of local species. We took a private tour to feed the baby rays and that was the highlight of our tour as our little 3 year old...More

Thank tommy d
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Enjoyed the sea life and bird exhibits. Walking through the wetland preserve was beautiful. The ocean breeze was a delight.

Thank Diana W
Reviewed July 6, 2018

We booked a behind the scenes for sea turtles, sharks, and rays. There were 10 of us for 100.00 altogether!!! (Take that Sea World $$$$) Elizabeth was our guide and she was amazing. Our Grandkids ages were 2,3,7,and 9. She patiently explained the feeding process...More

Thank whoa3050
Reviewed June 27, 2018 via mobile

I love bringing my grand here. She always enjoys looking at the sea life. It's a small venue so you don't have to spend all day, but it's a great little outing. They also have outdoor exhibits.

Thank mallorie6
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August 23, 2016|
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Response from GlobalGypsy_13 | Reviewed this property |
Agree with the previous answer of 1-2 hours. The center itself is one building with 2 outside tanks and some bird cages. If you like to walk, the trails across the way along the ocean are good. Do leave time to take the... More