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Living Coast Discovery Center

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Address: 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr, Chula Vista, CA 91910-8222
Phone Number: (619) 409-5900
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Good use of the Nature Center

You can view Sea Turtles, Octopus, Hawks, Owls, and Manta Rays up close! The animal encounters and education talks are excellent.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
thomasbones52
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San Diego, California
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Ays08
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11 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited this place in August 2016 with a 3yo and 1yo in tow. When you first arrive, there is a turtle tank/aquarium on your left before you go in the main doors. You then enter the main doors, get in line to pay, and you're inside the main "indoor" area of the Center (most exhibits here are outdoor ones).... More 

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San Diego, California
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You can view Sea Turtles, Octopus, Hawks, Owls, and Manta Rays up close! The animal encounters and education talks are excellent.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place to enjoy with family for a few hours seeing plant and animal life in the Bay area. There are turtles, sting rays, birds, fish, and other creatures in caged and aquarium settings with descriptions and explanations. If you are a resident of the area, you get a discounted price.

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Sunnyvale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This preserve is multipurpose. The land was formerly the site of a large factory that made potash from kelp for WW1. The wetlands and vegetation have been reclaimed and there are interpretative trails throughout. The Center has tanks of sea turtles, rays and small sharks, at kid level. Presentations and feedings are at 11:00 and 1:30, (shark and ray feeding),... More 

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Loxley
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

Nice , small aquarium, particularly suited for younger children. Park in lot and wait for bus that runs every 15 minutes, arriving at the new sea turtle exhibit near front doors. Ray and shark exhibit is fairly large, feeding times twice daily are led by interns who educate crowd on the wildlife. For extra fees, there are behind the scenes... More 

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Thank Angela S
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

Short drive from San Diego to this location and there are no crowds at this Discovery Center. It is smaller but they have several large Sea Turtles, a nice covered Ray exhibit and many outdoor birds in a very scenic locale. Reasonably priced and they shuttle bus you inside from a nearby lot. Also has a small gift shop and... More 

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Chula Vista, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

This really is a discovery center. It is a federal fish and wildlife preserve filled with a wide variety of both. In addition there are many exhibits providing helpful knowledge of the coastal waters. Much recommended!

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Thank ralph r
San Diego, California
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

I have been to the Living Coast Discovery Center many times with my granddaughters, it is one of their favorite places to visit. The staff is so friendly and helpful and you feel that the entrance fee is really going to help preserve wildlife. The Living Coast is a non-profit that helps preserve our local fauna and flora.They have a... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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79 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

This is a small zoo and aquarium located at the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge. Here you can find exhibits for turtles, a shark and ray touch pool, aquariums containing seahorses, eels, craps, octopus and the like. This facility also contains exhibits of birds of prey along a walking path around the facility. There are also many native plants to... More 

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San Diego
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

I loved stopping by here; it's in my neck of the woods and I enjoyed seeing the sea creatures and other animals they have on site. great information and they also have tours; I went on a nice sunny day with my kids and we enjoyed walking around; the sun and it was a little windy but nice. all in... More 

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