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Living Coast Discovery Center

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Address: 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr, Chula Vista, CA 91910-8222
Phone Number:
+1 619-409-5900
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Living Coast Discovery Center is a nonprofit zoo and aquarium located on...

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!

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Hidden Gem of San Deigo.

Hidden Gem of San Deigo. We picked a free entry day, which made our trip even better. But even paying $14 would be total worth. It was a fun and educational experience for my 5... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
PradeepN61
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San Diego, California
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Minneapolis
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There is no way to drive into this facility. You must park in the lot and take a shuttle bus to the center, which runs every 15 minutes. The displays were interesting, but many of the interpretive stations were non-functional, i.e., "press this button for the sound of a red-tailed hawk", press and nothing happens. Of five stations we tried,... More 

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Thank WaryMinneapolis
San Diego, California
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Hidden Gem of San Deigo. We picked a free entry day, which made our trip even better. But even paying $14 would be total worth. It was a fun and educational experience for my 5 year old. One a crowded day, the shuttle to pick-up from parking lot/ trolley station might take more than 30 mins. This place is a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We vacationed in San Diego and visited The Living Coast Discovery Center for my son's 7th birthday. Our whole family enjoyed the Center! We got to see stingray, shark, and sea turtle feedings, and the bird exhibit, which featured many falcons, was great. The staff was very helpful and informative. We would recommend a visit!

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Thank Melissa E
Chula Vista, United States
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8 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went with my kids after they did a field trip there and got a free adult ticket. Much different than the zoo, Sea World or Wild Animal Park. Enjoyed the experience.

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Thank Brande M
Los Angeles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Kids love to pet the bat rays and get so excited when they get to see Eagles close up. They also love riding the free shuttle from the parking lot

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Thank Phyllis G
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Small but beautiful I though this place was going to be bigger, but it is really small. Still, has beautiful animal attractions, and it is good if you want to spend just an hour or so with your family. They have beautiful views of the sea. We spend a good time in there!

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Thank Zarithza G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Easy access by the bus that is provided by the Living Coast Discovery Center. Large parking area for cars.

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Thank GrannyJoJo
Phoenix
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

I believe it's a very expensive place to visit, I wish there was a membership one could buy. The kids like it, and it's a good alternative to supporting seaworld

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2 Thank Manzanyta
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Hi Manzanyta, We love to hear feedback from our guests so we can improve! To answer your question, we do offer Memberships. Thanks for the honest review. -Rachel More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Fund birthday Celebration! All the kids enjoyed celebrating their friends bday and also learning. Living Coast makes it a fun experience! The kids get to touch fish and different animals. The kids also got to feed the Sharks. The turtles in the exhibit are beautiful! Staff was very friendly and willing to answer any any questions you may have. I... More 

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Thank Edna M
San Diego, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

We take our 2 1/2 year old grandson here, and it is perfect. Inexpensive and small, with safe places for him to run outside, without a possibility of escaping into traffic or dangerous situation. He is happy as a lark and we can keep up. Many Displays are low to the ground and he is able to see them. We... More 

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