Admission Prices

Adults (13+)$20
Children (3-12)$15
Children (2 and under)Free!

Adults and children with disabilities receive a 20% discount on their admission and one complimentary attendant ticket.

Our parking lot has moved! Our free parking lot is located just past the corner of Bay Blvd. and E St. in Chula Vista. Turn onto Gunpowder Point Dr., then take the first exit out of the traffic circle, and turn left into the parking lot. After parking, wait for the complimentary shuttle.


Accessible parking is available. Please call (619) 409-5900 for more information.
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Kids go free in October!

Organized by the San Diego Tourism Authority with support from the San Diego Museum Council, Kids Free San Diego is an opportunity for thousands of families to enjoy museum experiences each year. Kids 12 and under enjoy FREE* admission at the Living Coast Discovery Center and other select art, cultural, and science museums and historical sites in San Diego County. Restrictions apply.

Our offer: One free child admission with the purchase of one full-priced adult ticket.

To redeem, please download your coupon on the San Diego Museum Council website.

*Cannot be combined with any other offers. Cannot be used toward any special events, field trips, private tours, or any other advance ticketing events. Offer valid October 1-31, 2023, Wendesday through Sunday. Kids must be 12 or under. No more than two free kids per transaction. Restrictions apply. Kids Free San Diego offers vary by participating partner. See partner for details

Animal Presentations

Wednesday - Sunday at 11:00AM

Signature Event - Eagles

Sea Turtle
Wednesday - Sunday at 1:00PM

Signature Event - Sea Turtle

Sharks & Rays
Wednesday - Sunday at 1:30PM

Signature Event - Sharks & Rays

View our full schedule of events.

What To Know Before Your Visit

Parking Lot: 
Our parking lot has moved! Our free parking lot is located just past the corner of Bay Blvd. and E St. in Chula Vista. Turn onto Gunpowder Point Dr., then take the first exit out of the traffic circle, and turn left into the parking lot. After parking, wait for the complimentary shuttle.

Our gift shop sells a few light snacks and beverages. We encourage guests to bring their own food as we have a variety of picnic tables and benches that offer scenic lunch views.

Tickets can be purchased upon arrival. We do not require reservations or offer advance ticketing.

We accept all major credit cards, cash, and all contactless forms of payment.

Members receive free admission to the Living Coast. Purchase your membership online before visiting

View our Visiting Guidelines.

The Shorebird Aviary is temporarily closed.

Covid 19 FAQs

Reduced-Contact Payment:
We have installed a contactless payment feature for ticketing and membership purchases. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and cash.

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.

Facial Coverings & Masks: 
Masks are strongly recommended for all guests, program participants, and shuttle passengers but are not required.

Discounts, Offers, and Accommodations

To redeem any offer, admission must be bought onsite. 

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.


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 firefighters 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 Responders.


Groups of 20 or more can receive a 20% discount on admission. The total must be paid on one transaction to receive the discount.

Please call (619) 409-5900 for more info.

People with Disabilities

We want to do our best to accommodate all people with disabilities. We offer one (1) complimentary Attendant Ticket per paid person with disabilities (children two (2) and under are not part of this program). 

Our shuttle is ADA-accessible. We have two (2) wheelchairs available for check-out (license or ID will be held until wheelchair is returned). We also have private restrooms available for those that need them. 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 a 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

Service Animals:

Service animals are allowed on the Living Coast Discovery Center grounds with some restrictions. Service animals are restricted from visiting the Shorebird Aviary. Restrictions are subject to change at the discretion of the Living Coast Discovery Center staff.

Check in with your service animal at the front desk to review specific requirements and register your service animal if qualified under the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Call (619) 409-5900 if you have any questions.

The Living Coast Discovery Center is a smoke-free environment. The use of tobacco products of any kind is not permitted on the property.

Guests must be at least 16 years of age to visit the center without adult supervision. If you are 15 or under you must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years of age.