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VIP Animal Encounters

VIP Animal Encounters

Add on a unique animal encounter to make your visit extra special!

*Admission not included

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Pick from the following animals:

 Feed the Rays & Meet a Shark


First, your personal guide will take you on a behind-the-scenes tour of our aquarium:

  • Hand-feed our stingrays
  • Touch a real shark!
  • See where we prep all of our aquatic animals’ food.
  • Visit our ocean invertebrates touch pool 

 Meet a Raptor

best barn owl


Choose from the following birds for this adventure!

  • Our majestic barn owl
  • Our smallest owl, the screech owl
  • Our beautiful American kestrel, North America’s smallest falcon
  • Our large regal, red-tailed hawk



  • Get an up-close encounter with the your bird of choice
  • Get a private tour of Raptor Row, featuring multiple birds of prey

 Reptile Rendezvous

Coastal Glossy Snake (2)


Pick TWO reptiles to meet and greet!

  • Slow and steady desert tortoise
  • A local favorite, rosy boa snake
  • The “king of snakes”, our kingsnake
  • Our quick gopher snake
  • Or our local iguana, the chuckwalla
  • Meet your 2 selected animals
  • Go behind-the-scenes and learn the daily care of our reptile and aquatic species.
  • Visit our ocean invertebrates touch pool.

 Feed the Green Sea Turtles




  • Feed endangered sea turtles
  • Learn about our Eastern Pacific green sea turtles and those in the wild
  • See where we prep all of our aquatic animals’ food.
  • Visit our ocean invertebrates touch pool. 

*Special Note: Animal presentations and behind-the-scene areas are subject to change based on the health and welfare of the animals.

Private VIP Encounters:
To guarantee a tour of your desire you must pre-register. Full payment of tour fees is required during registration. Registrations must be 3 days in advance online. Call 619-409-5908 if less than 3 days to see about last minute bookings. Admission not included in the VIP Encounter fees.

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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 a shared-private tour for just $12 per person (ages 1+)!
This promotion is only good for walk-in guests and not applicable for reservation ahead of time. Availability and animal choice is not guaranteed with walk-ins. 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.

Cancellation Policy:
No refunds will be given for cancellations less than 3 days prior the scheduled encounter date.  For cancellations made more than 3 days prior to the date, an 80% refund will be given.  LCDC reserves the right to cancel any encounter or modify the encounter due to animal well-being.  In the event that LCDC cancels an encounter, all fees will be refunded.  Encounters are held rain or shine!

Questions? Call us at 619-409-5908