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Address: 50 San Juan Street, Avila Beach, CA 93424
Phone Number:
+1 805-595-7280
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Hours:
Fri 12:00 - 16:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 16:00
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The mission of the Central Coast Aquarium is to cultivate a community that...

The mission of the Central Coast Aquarium is to cultivate a community that is dedicated to ocean stewardship through education, engagement, and action. The aquarium hosts school groups and provides marine science education programs to students ranging from preschool to high school. The aquarium is also open to the public during the school year on Friday from 12-4pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 4pm. All admission and proceeds go towards funding marine science education programs for local students. Please visit our website or call for our current daily events schedule.

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A great place to take the kids

Small aquarium but very fun, especially for small kids. The volunteers are very nice and helpful. All the fish are local, which makes it even more interesting. It's great to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 September 2016
Doreen G
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Morro Bay, California
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Rancho Cucamonga, CA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Jellies, octopi, and a few tanks of fish. This is more of a storefront aquarium, like the Morro Bay Aquarium.

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Thank Dsmittys
Arroyo Grande, California
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11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

An adorable student from the local high school gave us a tour of the whole place. She was very knowledgable and patient with my young friend. We were able to "pet" some of the sea creatures too! We learned a lot and were very lucky to have the place all to ourselves!

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Thank Marcia A
Los Angeles, California
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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

We've been to lots of aquaria, but this is a favorite. Yes, its small, but it's not crowded, there's a feeding or activity every hour, and the staff and volunteers are charming.

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Thank non-native-angeleno
Morro Bay, California
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41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Small aquarium but very fun, especially for small kids. The volunteers are very nice and helpful. All the fish are local, which makes it even more interesting. It's great to support a local business.

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Thank Doreen G
vandenberg village, ca
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376 reviews
48 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

We were both surprised by the many displays in the small building. All the staff, volunteers we think, were very pleasant and knowledgable. They were great talking about each display and adding some great information. A group of young folks were present during our visit and the staff worked hard to answer all questions and make it enjoyable for everyone.... More 

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Thank billkathy88
Horsham, United Kingdom
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102 reviews
48 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

We visited as a two family group, one with late teen children and one with a five year old. We all enjoyed the experience especially the four year old (I think my teems secretly enjoyed it as much!); very entertaining and informative.

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Thank Simon H
Burbank
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21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

This is a fun aquarium for smaller kids. They can touch fish with staff supervision and witness a lot of sea life up close. It is small and can be visited in 20-30 minutes but we would definitely take our five year olds again.

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Thank MoofBurbank
Calgary, Canada
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

The Central Coast Aquarium is a greta way to spend an hour or so while at beautiful Avila Beach. While there are only about 20 exhibits, they are very interesting and educational and the docents are only to happy to answer your questions. The kids will love the touch pools where you can handle starfish, sea cucumbers and anemones, etc.,... More 

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Tulare
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8 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2016

We were done with our visit in 20 minutes! And that was taking our time and witnessing a fish feeding. Nothing extravagant and very small in space! The exhibits totaled the size of an average living room! Not worth the money at all! $8/person... No kids prices :( Very disappointed! I'd say, "Skip it!"

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Thank tjgalgregory
Fresno, California
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67 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2015

Don't bother unless u have some kids. Kids might enjoy but who knows. Rally small and no need to pay the $$$ to see

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