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Living Coast Discovery Center

The Living Coast Discovery Center is a natural treasure on San Diego Bay. Our nonprofit zoo and aquarium is uniquely situated on the Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, offering visitors an ideal setting in which to explore the amazing animals and plants that call our coastal region home.

With a diverse collection of animal ambassadors and hands-on, interactive exhibits, the Discovery Center inspires curiosity and exploration of the living earth in guests of all ages. Plan a day visit. Attend a day camp. Make a field trip. Volunteer your time. Discover what inspires you.

The Living Coast Discover Center, where wonder comes naturally on San Diego Bay.

Founded by the City of Chula Vista in 1987, the center transitioned to a nonprofit organization in 2010 and was re-branded as the Living Coast Discovery Center in 2012 in anticipation of its 25th anniversary.

Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Check for seasonal hours.

$14 Adults (18-64)
$9 Children (4-17)
Free Children (0-3)
$9 Seniors (65+)
$9 Students (18+ w/ID)
Military - 20 percent discount
Group Rate - 20 percent discount
(reservation required for groups)

Living Coast Discovery Center (formerly Chula Vista Nature Center) is on Facebook.

Upcoming event at Living Coast Discovery Center

Spring Camps On San Diego Bay

  • Today, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Spring camps are back at the Living Coast Discovery Center. Kids will make friends, discover nature, track wildlife on the marsh, explore life under the microscope, feed sharks and meet birds, reptiles and sea turtles up-close - all in a fun, exciting program managed by Living Coast educators. Our Wildlife Day camps are a fun and interactive way to educate kids about wildlife, conservation and science. 10% early bird discount ... Read more

All upcoming events at Living Coast Discovery Center

Spring Camps On San Diego BayToday

Yoga on The MarshTomorrow

Past events

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Business hours

Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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