Living Coast Discovery Center

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Living Coast Discovery Center

What you'll do

Discover the Living Coast Discovery Center, San Diego Bay’s native wildlife center.

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  • General admission to the Living Coast Discovery Center.
  • Free guided nature walks on select days.
  • Access to a shallow water touch tank with rays.

A zoo-quarium that focuses on the importance of coastal resource conservation, the Living Coast Discovery Center features a number of diverse and fascinating exhibits, set just steps from the pristine coastline of San Diego Bay.

Living Coast Discovery Center San Diego highlights

Kids and adults will love the Living Coast Discovery Center which features native Southern California wildlife. In Turtle Lagoon, get up close and personal with the Living Coast’s own endangered Eastern Pacific Green Sea Turtles. And don't miss the Shark & Ray Experience - a 21,000-gallon aquarium that includes a shallow-water touch tank where you can actually touch the resident rays.

At the Living Coast Discovery Center San Diego, you can step into the Shorebird Aviary and enter the home of native water and shorebirds, including egrets, ducks, and herons. At Eagle Mesa, you'll come face-to-face with the majestic national symbols of the United States and Mexico: the Bald eagle and Golden eagle. Take a walk down Raptor Row and meet the Living Coast’s native birds of prey, including hawks, owls, osprey, and even the Turkey vulture.

As you’re exploring, take notice of the beautiful gardens featuring San Diego’s rich mosaic of plant species. You can take a stroll on the National Wildlife Refuge’s 1.5 miles of walking trails leading to the shoreline, where you may catch a glimpse of a soaring harrier, shorebirds, rabbits, and maybe even an Osprey diving down for lunch.

Explore Living Coast Discovery Center San Diego

Discover the wonders of native wildlife at the Living Coast Discovery Center in San Diego. Experience hands-on exhibits, meet fascinating animals, and learn about vital conservation efforts.

Unforgettable Adventures in San Diego

Join guided tours, bird-watching expeditions, and interactive animal encounters for an unforgettable adventure at this unique coastal gem, where nature and education come to life.

Go City is a better way to sightsee. Your pass includes Living Coast Discovery Center San Diego tickets, plus admission to dozens of top San Diego attractions for one money-saving price.

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Know before you go

Getting In: present your pass at the Living Coast Discovery Center admissions counter.

For more information, visit the Living Coast Discovery Center website

Living Coast Discovery Center tickets help

Simply ask our help team if you have any questions. 


Q. What is the Living Coast Discovery Center?
A. The Living Coast Discovery Center is a nonprofit zoo and aquarium that features over 350 animal and plant species native to Southern California.

Q. What are the center's hours of operation?
A. The Living Coast Discovery Center is open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

Q. What type of educational programs are offered at the center?
A. The Living Coast Discovery Center offers a variety of educational programs for all ages, including school field trips, summer camps, and community events.

Q. What are some of the animals that visitors can see at the center?
A. Visitors can see a variety of animals at the Living Coast Discovery Center, including sea turtles, sharks, rays, eagles, owls, and reptiles.

Q. Is the center accessible to individuals with disabilities?
A. Yes, the Living Coast Discovery Center is fully accessible to individuals with disabilities, including wheelchair ramps, accessible exhibits, and audio tours.

Q. Can visitors bring their own food to the center?
A. Yes, visitors are welcome to bring their own food and enjoy a picnic at the center's outdoor dining area.

Where you'll be

Operating hours

Saturday and Sunday:  10AM - 5PM

Closings & holidays

Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day

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