Open Thursday-Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Book a private tour Monday-Wednesday.


Thursday-Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday-Wednesday: book a private tour

Admission Prices

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

Getting Here

Our free parking lot is located on the corner of Bay Blvd. and E St. in Chula Vista. After parking, wait for the complimentary shuttle. Masks are required on the shuttle regardless of vaccination status.

What To Know Before Your Visit

New Hours:
We are open to the public Thursday-Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
We have private tour reservations available Monday – Wednesday. Book here. 

Facial Coverings: Per health and local guidelines, facial coverings are required for all unvaccinated guests ages 2+ while indoors and are recommended for vaccinated guests. Masks are not required for any guests outside. Masks are required for all guests on the shuttle regardless of vaccination status.

Parking Lot: The complimentary parking lot is located at the corner of E St. and Bay Blvd. Masks are required on the shuttle.

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.

Weekend Presentations

Eagle Feed

Signature Event - Eagle Feed

Green Sea Turtle

Signature Event - Green Sea Turtle

Sharks & Rays

Signature Event - Sharks & Rays

Animal Encounters

Signature Event - Animal Encounters


When will you reopen?

We are open to the general public Thursday-Sunday.

Do I need a reservation?

We are not currently requiring or offering advanced ticket purchasing. 

 Do I need a facial covering/mask?

Per health and local guidelines, facial coverings are required for all unvaccinated guests ages 2+ while indoors and are recommended for vaccinated guests. Masks are not required for any guests outside. Masks are required for all guests on the shuttle.

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?

Yes, we are now offering group tickets and tours on a limited basis.

Do you accept cash payment?

Yes, but credit card is preferred.

Do you sell food? Can I bring food?

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

Discounts & Offers

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 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.

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

SWEETWATER REBATE: If you get your water bill from Sweetwater Authority, they’ll give you a rebate credit for one Living Coast admission (a $16.00 value).
Visit, save your receipt, then fill out the rebate form at