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The Living Coast Discovery Center inspires care and exploration of the living Earth by connecting people with coastal animals, plants and habitats.

girlandturtle2-robinmarie_revWe are a nonprofit zoo and aquarium located on San Diego Bay. We are 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.

Everyday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Daily Feedings                          

11:00 a.m.    Shark & Ray 
1:30 p.m.      Shark & Ray 
2:00 p.m.      Turtles 
2:30 p.m.      Eagles 

Book VIP Animal Encounters

Admission Prices
Adults (13+)      $16
Children (3-12)  $11
Children (0-2)    Free 

Buy Tickets

Interested in becoming a member? Membership starts at $40. Check out our membership levels here!

*Onsite ticket sales are also available. 

Happening Now!

sea-changeNow – Sept. 2

Come imagine a better world with both humans and wildlife positively impacting one another. Drawing from artistic elements, SEA the Change seeks to inspire new ideas for making a difference in your own community. You will discover the issues our local wildlife face daily by stepping into their shoes while enjoying exciting interactive exhibits, nature-influenced art, and new animal ambassadors that connect and inspire the love of nature in each one of us.

Flower Trails 

Enjoy the beautiful nature trails by The Living Coast in all their springtime glory. Walk along the bay on San Diego National Wildlife Refuge. Ask the front desk for a trail map and directions to trail entrance. 

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Getting Here

Our parking lot is located at the corner of Bay Blvd. and E St. in Chula Vista. After you park, wait for the complimentary shuttle to bring you to our front doors.


Click here for directions.

Plan Your Day!

Contact Us
(619) 409-5900



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