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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

​Farm To Bay

  • Saturday, August 3, 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 3 marks the 10​th anniversary of Farm to Bay, a unique culinary celebration on San Diego Bay benefiting the Living Coast Discovery Center. Sip, sample and mingle with native wildlife, including sea turtles, sharks, rays, owls, and more. Enjoy samplings from featured chefs Matt Gordon, Davin Waite and Will Gustwiller and 30+ local favorite restaurants, craft breweries and wineries. Proceeds support coastal wildlife, education and sustainability programs at ... Read more

All upcoming events at Living Coast Discovery Center

'SEA The Change' Seasonal Exhibit Starts March 23, 2019

​Farm To BayAugust 3, 2019

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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