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Living Coast Discovery Center

#1 of 32 things to do in Chula Vista Features Animals
1000 Gunpowder Point Dr, Chula Vista, CA 91910-8222
+1 619-409-5900
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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 Living Coast's rescued birds of prey, all of which are non-releasable from injury or imprinting. Discover the native species you don't see in the city--or on land! Visitors are also free to follow their own path along the Refuge's 1.5 miles of walking trails. The Living Coast Discovery Center is a chance to explore Southern California's plants and animals on the 316-acre Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. If you're looking for a wildlife adventure, this is the place!
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1000 Gunpowder Point Dr, Chula Vista, CA 91910-8222
+1 619-409-5900
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For sweeping views of the bay, downtown San Diego, and the Coronado bridge, take one of the trails that fan out from the new Butterfly Garden that is adjacent to the free shuttle bus drop off area. If indoors, you see sea creatures and birds...More

Thank GlobalGypsy_13
Reviewed March 13, 2017

The Living Coast Discovery Center is a great place to go spend some time in the South Bay area. This place is great for kids and everyone else who enjoys getting a close look at our local natural habitat. From sea turtles to birds and...More

Thank Diego S
Reviewed February 20, 2017

Discover the coast and salt marshes of the bay at this low slung center that includes animals indoors (e.g., snakes) and birds outdoors in cages (e.g., roadrunner and raptors) and in the air. Although a bit pricey ($16.00 for adults and $8.00 for kids), a...More

1  Thank GlobalGypsy_13
Reviewed February 9, 2017

There is no way to drive into this facility. You must park in the lot and take a shuttle bus to the center, which runs every 15 minutes. The displays were interesting, but many of the interpretive stations were non-functional, i.e., "press this button for...More

1  Thank WaryMinneapolis
Reviewed February 8, 2017

Hidden Gem of San Deigo. We picked a free entry day, which made our trip even better. But even paying $14 would be total worth. It was a fun and educational experience for my 5 year old. One a crowded day, the shuttle to pick-up...More

3  Thank PradeepN61
Reviewed January 31, 2017 via mobile

We vacationed in San Diego and visited The Living Coast Discovery Center for my son's 7th birthday. Our whole family enjoyed the Center! We got to see stingray, shark, and sea turtle feedings, and the bird exhibit, which featured many falcons, was great. The staff...More

Thank Melissa E
Reviewed January 25, 2017

Went with my kids after they did a field trip there and got a free adult ticket. Much different than the zoo, Sea World or Wild Animal Park. Enjoyed the experience.

Thank Brande M
Reviewed January 17, 2017

Kids love to pet the bat rays and get so excited when they get to see Eagles close up. They also love riding the free shuttle from the parking lot

Thank Phyllis G
Reviewed November 30, 2016

Small but beautiful I though this place was going to be bigger, but it is really small. Still, has beautiful animal attractions, and it is good if you want to spend just an hour or so with your family. They have beautiful views of the...More

Thank Zarithza G
Reviewed October 17, 2016

Easy access by the bus that is provided by the Living Coast Discovery Center. Large parking area for cars.

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My kids are 10-14. How long should I plan to stay?
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