The Living Coast Discovery Center

The Living Coast Discovery Center is a little-known gem just 7 miles from downtown San Diego. A natural treasure on the San Diego Bay, the nonprofit zoo and aquarium is uniquely situated on the Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, offering visitors an ideal setting in which to explore the amazing animals and plants that call our coastal region home.

With a diverse collection of animal ambassadors and hands-on, interactive exhibits, the Discovery Center inspires curiosity and exploration of the living earth in guests of all ages.  The Living Coast Discovery Center is where wonder comes naturally on San Diego Bay!

Living Coast Discovery Center
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Jennifer T
Jennifer T
23:34 22 Jul 21
This is a great hands on experience aquarium. It's a little small but that adds to its charm. They've got sea animals,... reptiles and more
Joseph Solis
Joseph Solis
01:00 12 Jul 21
It was nice. There's alot of wildlife to see there and apparently you can book birthday party's for kids there! That is... awesomeread more
04:12 31 May 21
Great place to take your children! Lots of things to see & learn. It’s fun & exciting just an all around great place to... enjoy your day with kids! One of my favorite things to do with my son! He loves itread more
Shauna A
Shauna A
18:28 21 May 21
I love this place! I love the fact that they are rescuing and helping animals and its not just a zoo that profits off... of keeping animals in captivity.When we went it wasn't too over- crowded, probably because you can't just park and walk in. There is a parking area and shuttle busses that take groups to and from the building. So when a full bus comes back, they pick up another group.I was also impressed with how close you can actually get to some of the animals (within reason) and observe them in a natural habitat-like setting.My favorite was probably the bald eagle. I couldn't believe I was looking at an actual bald eagle in real life, it was an amazing experience!Also the sea turtles, they're so cute!And the staff is super friendly and helpful and always ready to give you information about the animals they have at the time.It seems small but we were there for a couple of hours and didn't even go across and do the trails, so I definitely can't wait to go back!read more
Mark Valen
Mark Valen
21:19 13 May 21
A terrific place to learn about local wildlife. The site is beautiful, historical, and wild. The plants and animals are... well cared for and great to see up close and personal. Bring the family, stop by after work. Afternoons are quietest and when more wildlife can be observed. Just make sure you show up early enough to catch the shuttle in and see it all before closing time. Membership is a great value and you can find no place like it on San Diego Bay. You are surrounded by urban development yet it is at such a distance that you feel the tranquility of the more
Wan ker
Wan ker
01:34 06 Jan 21
PRETTY COOL ! My wife and I brought our young grand daughter here not long back. We did a tour here a few years ago and... thought our little girl would like the place. Of course like everyone else intent on a tour we drove to the car park nearby and waited for the complimentary bus to come by and transport us to the facility. Within 15 minutes the bus pulled up and a bunch of us boarded for the slow scenic drive to the takes about 15 minutes. Soon after we disembarked the bus our grand daughter was talking to the Turtles in the outside aquarium. We paid for our visit and proceeded to walk around looking at the indoor aquatic displays and a few other things Snakes & a Chameleon. We also checked out the Stingrays and small Sharks in the huge tank further inside. After a lunch break...we brought our own packed lunch because unfortunately there is no cafe or food available once you are here. We then walked around the outdoor bird enclosures and saw little Owls, Ducks, a Tortoise, some large Eagles and Hawks. We took lots of photos but it was very difficult to take quality photos of the large Raptors because of their thick wire mesh enclosures and a fence barrier. Overall we had a great time and our little grand daughter learned a bit about wildlife. A cafe would be a welcome addition to the center benefiting the hundreds of daily visitors and also providing a steady income stream for the maintenance of the Living Coast Discovery Center. Worth a visit !read more
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(619) 409-5900


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