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Central Coast Aquarium

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great little place

My daughters (9 & 6), husband and I just visited and loved it. It is tiny but it is interactive... read more

Reviewed 8 July 2018
Lemoore, California
via mobile
Teeny tiny but worth a visit

Cannot be compared to big aquarium, this is a non profit organisation run by volunteers. However it... read more

Reviewed 14 May 2017
London, United Kingdom
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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...more
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50 San Juan Street, Avila Beach, CA 93424
+1 805-595-7280
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The tickets are good for the day. Stick around to pet a shark or hold sea wildlife. The baby sharks are neat. The kids got to pet a shark. The volunteer was super helpful and kind. The beach is close and there’s a good size...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank williamwait
Reviewed 19 September 2018

The Central Coast Aquarium at Avila Beach California is a very small venue. They charge an $8.00 fee to get into the Aquarium and it only takes about 10 minutes to walk round and see everything in the Aquarium. The staff was very nice, but...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

My daughters (9 & 6), husband and I just visited and loved it. It is tiny but it is interactive which made up for it. They have a list of times when the feedings and education happen and you can come back later in the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank leeandismom
Reviewed 30 May 2018 via mobile

I don’t know how long this aquarium has been present but I’ve been to Avila Beach many times and only discovered it on my most recent trip. It is only two rooms but wonderful for adults and children alike. There are tanks where one can...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank dwalker0320
Reviewed 22 April 2018

Great time for the kiddies !...Stick your hands in the Shark tank leave your hand in the longest get a free pass next visit !...Sea snail eating contest....name that thing sticking to the wall of the fish tank...great visit !

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank harveymushman99
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

This isn't the biggest aquarium you will ever see in California, but it's small size gives it a much more personalized experience. You don't have to fight crowds or wait forever to see up close some of the amazing sea life CA has to offer!...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank colie1018
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

Cannot be compared to big aquarium, this is a non profit organisation run by volunteers. However it is lovely and has a good selection of exhibits to entertain little ones. They are running feeding sessions regularly throughout the day and also have a few touch...More

Date of experience: May 2017
2  Thank sono-ancora-io
Reviewed 2 November 2016

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

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank David S
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...More

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank Marcia A
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.

Date of experience: September 2016
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