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Central Coast Aquarium

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50 San Juan Street, Avila Beach, CA 93424
+1 805-595-7280
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Small and effective!

This isn't the biggest aquarium you will ever see in California, but it's small size gives it a... read more

Reviewed 2 August 2017
Hollywood, Florida
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
via mobile
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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 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.
  • Excellent36%
  • Very good36%
  • Average12%
  • Poor16%
  • Terrible0%
13 May 2017
“Teeny tiny but worth a visit ”
1 Aug 2017
“Small and effective!”
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50 San Juan Street, Avila Beach, CA 93424
+1 805-595-7280
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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

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

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.

Thank Dsmittys
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

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.

Thank non-native-angeleno
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.

Thank Doreen G
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...More

Thank billkathy88
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.

Thank Simon H
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.

1  Thank MoofBurbank
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...More

1  Thank Jeff L
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