Open Saturdays & Sundays Beginning May 1!

Members, join us for a special preview on April 30!

Hours Beginning May 1

Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday-Friday: reserved groups only

Admission Prices

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

Getting Here

Our parking lot is located off E St. in Chula Vista. After parking, wait for the complimentary shuttle. Enjoy the less than five-minute ride to our front doors.

What To Know Before Your Visit

Reservations are not required
Practice social distancing

What to Expect

We’ve made changes to our operations and encounters for safety purposes. 

New Hours: Beginning Saturday, May 1, we will be open to the public 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays. We will have limited private tour reservations available Monday – Friday. Book your private tour here. 

Parking Lot: The parking lot will be open as usual, but the shuttle capacity will be limited to allow for social distancing. This means there may be longer than usual waits for the shuttle. We recommend arriving earlier in the day or later in the afternoon to minimize shuttle wait times. You will be asked to answer the health screening questions and must be wearing a mask to board the shuttle.

Reduced-Contact Payment: We have installed a contactless payment feature for ticketing and membership purchases. We accept Visa or MasterCard only. The admissions counter has also been out-fitted with plexiglass for further safety of guests and our team members.

No Scheduled Animal Feeds: To reduce crowds, we are no longer offering scheduled animal feedings. The animals are fed throughout the day so you will have opportunities to see them eating. You may also see our Animal Care staff walking with animals. We ask that you continue to maintain a 6-foot distance while viewing the animals from a safe space. 


The safety of our guests, employees, volunteers, and animals is our highest priority. We are introducing new measures and cleanings designed to ensure a safe and healthy guest experience. These measures are based on guidance from health authorities, including the CDC, along with requirements of the state of California and San Diego County.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present; we cannot guarantee you will not be exposed during your visit. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the CDC, older adults and guests of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. Guests should evaluate their risk in determining whether to visit.

By visiting the Living Coast Discovery Center, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Stay Home When Sick: If you or anyone in your household has had any symptoms of COVID-19 in the past two weeks, we ask that you stay home and visit at a later date. 

Verbal Screening: Per CDC recommendations, you will be asked a series of health questions before being permitted onto the shuttle.

Facial Coverings: Per health and local guidelines, facial coverings are required for all guests two years of age and older and must be worn at all times indoors and also outdoors when social distancing is not possible.

Social Distancing: Maintain a six-foot distance between you and other guests or Living Coast team members. Employees will be dispersed throughout the grounds to remind guests of social distancing. Please follow their directions to help keep everyone safe.

Wash & Sanitize Your Hands: We have increased hand-washing stations and added sanitizing stations throughout the Center. Please frequently wash and sanitize your hands and avoid touching exhibits and objects. Avoid touching your face when possible.


When will you reopen?

We will reopen to the public on May 1, 2021 at 10 a.m. Members will be able to visit beginning April 30. 

Do I need a reservation?

We are not currently requiring advanced ticket purchasing. Depending on the crowds, we may implement this in the future. Make sure to check our website before visiting the Living Coast. 

 Do I need a facial covering/mask?

Yes, per the mandate from the California Department of Public Health, any person ages 2+ is required to have a mask or facial covering. Guests will not be permitted on the shuttle without one. Please read details in the Safety section above.

Can I purchase/renew a membership while on-site?

Yes. Although you can save time by purchasing your membership online before visiting:

Can I use an expired coupon?

Coupons that were still valid as of March 2020 are being extended and will be accepted for 14 months beyond their expiration. Memberships that expired during our closure are also being extended. Contact the membership department for details.

Are you offering group tickets/tours?

Aside from the reserved, private tours Monday-Friday, we are not offering group tickets at this time. Private tours are for groups up to 10 people.

Do you accept cash payment?

Yes, but credit card is preferred.

Will you take my temperature? 

Not at this time. Guests will be asked a series of health questions prior to their entry. For your safety, and that of our team members, other guests, and wildlife, please do not visit if you are unwell, feel feverish, or have had a confirmed fever of 100 degrees or more in the last 3 days or other symptoms of COVID-19.

Discounts & Offers

To redeem any offer, admission must be bought onsite. 


Students 13-18 years old and adults with college I.D. receive 20% off admission with our student discount.

Senior 65

Seniors 65 and better receive 20% off admission!


  • Active, Retired, or Veteran Military receive 20% off your admission price! Just show your DEERS or Veteran’s card at the front desk.
  • Family members of Military receive 20% off admission price with their DEERS card.

First Responders

  • First Responders, including police, paramedics, and fire fighters receive 20% off your admission when you show your badge or First Responder ID at the front desk!
  • All family members of First Responders get 20% off when accompanied by First Responder.


Large groups receive a 20% off discount on entry ticket price.
Reservation required to receive the discount.

Contact our Programs Department at 619-409-5908 to make your reservation today. 

Want to book a group tour or add-on a special animal encounter? Visit this page for other programs we offer to groups.

Groups with Special Needs

We want to do our best to accommodate anyone with special needs. We offer 1 complimentary Attendent Ticket per paid person with special needs (children 2 and under are not part of this program). 

For large groups of 20+ paying patrons, we also offer a 20% discount on entry ticket prices.
Reservation is required to receive the discount.

Contact our Programs Department at 619-409-5908 to make your reservation today
or for special requests. 

Other services provided: Our shuttle is ADA accessible. We have two (2) wheelchairs available for check-out (license or ID will be held until wheel chair is returned). We also have private restrooms available for those that need it. Please ask our front desk for more details or call our mainline 619-409-5900 for any other accommodations.

AAA Members

Get 20% off your admission with your valid AAA card and photo ID!


Chula Vista Kayak
Show your admission receipt or Membership card upon arrival for your reserved kayaking trip and receive 50% off a scheduled tour! You may choose from the tours listed or inquire about a private tour. Let Harry know that you’ll be using an LCDC discount by mentioning the Living Coast Discovery Center promotion on the phone when you call to reserve your spot at (619) 422-3600.

For more information, visit

Promotions and coupons cannot be combined with any other coupons or offers.  Coupons that expired between March 2020 and May 2021 will be accepted 14 months beyond their expiration date. We cannot accept coupons for Chula Vista Nature Center.