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Living Coast Discovery Center

#1 of 32 things to do in Chula Vista Features Animals
1000 Gunpowder Point Dr, Chula Vista, CA 91910-8222
+1 619-409-5900
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Fun Learning !

This nature center is AWESOME! You can really get up close to a lot of the animals as well as watch... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mary F
Los Angeles, California
Living Coast is Living.

Not huge in size but full and huge with living sea life and birds. Many sharks and rays, some you... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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!
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good29%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
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

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 2 weeks ago 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 14 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

1  Thank GlobalGypsy_13
Reviewed 10 February 2017

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...More

1  Thank WaryMinneapolis
Reviewed 9 February 2017

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...More

3  Thank PradeepN61
Reviewed 31 January 2017 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...More

Thank Melissa E
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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