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Living Coast Discovery Center

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Address: 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr, Chula Vista, CA 91910-8222
Phone Number:
+1 619-409-5900
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Living Coast Discovery Center is a nonprofit zoo and aquarium located on...

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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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... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2017
Diego S
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 14 March 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 fish, this place will let you experience the nature that surrounds us in our local... More 

Thank Diego S
San Diego, California
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303 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 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 free shuttle bus from the parking lot at the entrance to the center is included... More 

1 Thank GlobalGypsy_13
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 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 the sound of a red-tailed hawk", press and nothing happens. Of five stations we tried,... More 

1 Thank WaryMinneapolis
San Diego, California
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83 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 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 from parking lot/ trolley station might take more than 30 mins. This place is a... More 

2 Thank PradeepN61
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Reviewed 1 February 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 was very helpful and informative. We would recommend a visit!

Thank Melissa E
Chula Vista, United States
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 26 January 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
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Reviewed 18 January 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
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 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 sea. We spend a good time in there!

Thank Zarithza G
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

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

Thank GrannyJoJo
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Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

I believe it's a very expensive place to visit, I wish there was a membership one could buy. The kids like it, and it's a good alternative to supporting seaworld

2 Thank Manzanyta
Management response:

Hi Manzanyta, We love to hear feedback from our guests so we can improve! To answer your question, we do offer Memberships. Thanks for the honest review. -Rachel More 

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