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Living Coast Discovery Center

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1000 Gunpowder Point Dr, Chula Vista, CA 91910-8222
+1 619-409-5900
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Unique and pleasant experience for all

The living coast was so nice, we went back! It's pretty small do we saw everything in about an hour... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Samantha M
via mobile
Great little piece of wetland - this is all that's left

Small but lovely place - and one of the few wetland habitats left in San Diego. Take the kiddos... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Valerie P
San Diego CA
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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!
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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“sea turtles” (12 reviews)
“shark and ray” (9 reviews)
“shuttle bus” (8 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1000 Gunpowder Point Dr, Chula Vista, CA 91910-8222
+1 619-409-5900
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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...More

Thank Samantha M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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...More

Thank Valerie P
Reviewed 6 September 2017

This off the beaten path museum and wildlife center gives an uncrowded glimpse into the wildlife of San Diego wetlands. They have eagles, a great up close turtle display and you can touch rays! It's small and is good for a shorter visit. You are...More

Thank Shaun B
Reviewed 14 August 2017

This nature center is AWESOME! You can really get up close to a lot of the animals as well as watch them feed which is really cool. I had never been so close to an Eagle before or even seen a Golden Eagle, such beauty....More

Thank Mary F
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Not huge in size but full and huge with living sea life and birds. Many sharks and rays, some you can touch. Very good for children.

Thank GeneWe
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

Visited the LCNC with my 10 and 13 yr old and thought we would be in and out since it's a rather small place... I was wrong! Although, the main lobby exhibit is small, there's so much to see and enjoy here. We we're able...More

Thank Jessica C
Reviewed 4 July 2017

My husband and I went to the Discovery Center and had a educational and fun time. We made sure we saw them feeding the turtles, stingrays and eagles. The educational presentations were excellent. I took the suggestion of bringing my own lunch and enjoyed eating...More

Thank ClareScottsdale
Reviewed 31 May 2017

For sweeping views of the bay, downtown San Diego, and the Coronado bridge, take one of the trails that fan out from the new Butterfly Garden that is adjacent to the free shuttle bus drop off area. If indoors, you see sea creatures and birds...More

Thank GlobalGypsy_13
Reviewed 13 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...More

Thank Diego S
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...More

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24 August 2016|
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Response from GlobalGypsy_13 | Reviewed this property |
Agree with the previous answer of 1-2 hours. The center itself is one building with 2 outside tanks and some bird cages. If you like to walk, the trails across the way along the ocean are good. Do leave time to take the... More