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VIP Animal Encounters

In addition to our free, public feedings.

VIP Animal Encounters

Add on a unique animal encounter to make your visit extra special! (VIP Animal Encounters are in addition to regular admission prices.)

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Pick from the following options for your next Living Coast adventure.

 Feed the Rays & Meet a Shark!

Times Available: 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

First, your personal guide will take you on a backstage tour of our aquarium:

  • See where we prep all of our aquatic animals’ food.
  • Visit our ocean invertebrates backstage touch tank.
  • Learn about the daily care that is needed to keep our animals healthy at the Living Coast.

Finally, your turn for the VIP Ray feeding session!

  • Ready to get UP-CLOSE? Your guide will show you how to hand feed our baby rays.
  • Touch one of our horn sharks. What a great photo opportunity!

 Meet an Raptor Close-up!

best barn owl

Times Available: 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Choose from the following birds for this adventure!

  • Our majestic barn owl
  • Adorable little screech owl
  • Our active and engaging burrowing owls
  • The beautiful American kestrel

Once you pick your favorite, your guide will take you on a behind-the-scenes tour of Raptor Row and introduce you to our birds of prey.

  • Learn each of their names and why these animals are here with us.
  • Learn about their habitats and where they live in the wild.
  • What do they eat? How do they eat?
  • Spend some quality up-close with the bird of your choice.
  • Learn about their adaptations and what defines a raptor.
  • Get some great photo-ops with your new animal friend!  

 Meet the Radical Reptiles!

Coastal Glossy Snake (2)

The perfect experience for younger children and as a first encounter to wild animals!  Our reptiles are safe for interaction with guests of all ages.

Times available: 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. or 3:30 p.m.





Please pick TWO animals to meet and greet!

  • Slow and steady, desert tortoises
  • A calm, friendly rosy boa snake
  • A quick coastal glossy snake
  • The fiesty, active gopher snake
  • Our regal Chuckwalla (also known as a desert iguana!)

Take a backstage tour of our prep areas with your personal guide:

  • See where we prep all of our aquatic animal’s food. It’s also where we prep salads for our tortoises and keep the snake food!
  • As a bonus, get to visit our ocean invertebrates touch tank backstage!
  • What defines a reptile?
  • What does this animal like to eat? How do they eat?
  • Where do they live?
  • Find out what their skin/shell feels like!
  • And of course, photo ops! 

 Feed the Endangered Green Sea Turtles!



Times Available: 11:30 a.m. (weekends only) and 2:00 pm (daily)

First, head over to the Sea Turtle Lagoon!

  • Learn about the Endangered Pacific Green Sea Turtle
    • Why are they endangered? Where do they live? How big can they get? What do they eat?
    • 3 or 4 at a time, head INTO Turtle Lagoon!
      • Wave to the public on the otherside of the glass while your other party members take pictures of you
      • Be able to hear our turtles come up for air and watch them swim up to say hello

Next, your guide will walk you through feeding our turtles:

  • Offer up your new Sea Turtle Friends some snacks and watch as they swim to gobble up some of their favorite foods
  • Take pictures of the turtles and your family members interacting with them
  • Switch out with the other members of your group so that everyone has a chance to see them up-close 

Finally, take a backstage tour of our aquarium with your personal guide:

  • See where we prep all of our aquatic animal’s food
  • Get to visit our ocean invertebrates backstage touch tank
    • Touch a seastar, horn shark egg, turban snail, and a sea cucumber!
    • Learn about the daily care that is needed to keep our animals healthy at the Living Coast 

Private VIP Encounters:
Each experience is a 30 minute personal animal encounter. Each encounter is just $50 for a group of up to 6 people. Additional guest tickets can be purchased, up to 10 maximum. Preregistration and prepayment can be done online here.

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Weekend Walk-Ins:
If a particular VIP encounter has not booked when you arrive at the Living Coast on a Saturday or Sunday, walk-in guests will have the opportunity to join in on a semi-private VIP for just $10 per person! The only catch is that guests risk their preferred VIP encounter being full. (This promotion is only good for walk-in guests and not applicable for reservation ahead of time. Availability is not guaranteed. If you would like to guarantee that you and your family will be able to participate in a VIP Animal Encounter, a private reservation is highly encouraged!)

Questions? Call us at 619-409-5908