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“Great little zoo nature center ”

Living Coast Discovery Center
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USD 89.00*
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Ranked #1 of 33 things to do in Chula Vista
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 12 January 2018 via mobile

We went down to the living coast discovery center today. Great little zoo nature center. Has lots of different exebits of rays sharks,birds and turtles.
There area several trails you can go on through the salt marchs.
Great little place we spent a couple of hours there but didn't do the trails as it had just rained.
Cost is 16 each for adult but check Groupon and living social. Got tickets for 2 for 14 total.
You get of the freeway and turn into their parking lot. A shuttle bus picks you up and takes you in. It hits both sides every 15 minutes.
This is a really great place to take kids also.

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Reviewed 4 January 2018

Living Coast Discovery Center is truly a tiny treasure. The ray/shark tank is amazing. Besides the birds eye view you get when you come inside there are large portals all around giving any visitor "the best seat in the house". The staff were knowledgeable and friendly and seemed to really like their jobs. I did pay extra for the turtle feeding and the behind the scenes look. I thought it was well worth the extra money. I walked the trails for 45 minutes and enjoyed a picnic lunch while watching the activity on the bay. Well worth the price of admission!

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Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

My husband and I have been taking our boys there since they were less than 1 yr old. They're now almost 3 and they still love it! Some of the highlights for them are touching the stingrays, the everchanging outdoor deck area that usually has some sort of interactive play activity and (of all things) the bus ride to and from the center. It's well kept and has a great display of local animals as well as feedings to view and talks about the different species. Highly recommend.

Thank Suzanna32
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Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

The living coast was so nice, we went back! It's pretty small do we saw everything in about an hour and a half. Seeing the sharks and the stingrays were the best part. The petting area is fun for all kids. It's not been busy at all on the days that we have gone. Parking in the lot and waiting for a ride to and from was a bit of a hassle but it adds to the exclusivity of the adventure. Especially for little ones. The outside bird area was pretty interesting but more for older kids. Don't forget to take a pic with the sea turtle out front! Beautiful!

Thank Samantha M
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

Small but lovely place - and one of the few wetland habitats left in San Diego. Take the kiddos and see lots of beautiful critters, both in captive displays and then free-ranging as you walk the paths around the center (my favorite). It's usually quiet - check the tide tables and go bird-watching when the tide is low. Rapture!

Thank Valerie P
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