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Living Coasts, Torquay

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
3.6/5 based on 1,600+ reviews on the web
For an intimate visit with diverse coastal animals like penguins and seals, visit Living Coasts zoo, aquarium, and aviary. This small wildlife conservatory features several animal enclosures and habitats, including an artificial tidal estuary, penguin beach, tropical mangrove swamp, and several aquariums with viewing areas. Discover the secrets of the mysterious mangroves in the giant aquarium that contains more than 20 species. The netting surrounding the entire zoo is part of the open-air aviary that is home to South American fur seals, African penguins, sea ducks, pied avocet, black necked stilts, redshanks, and puffins. Make Living Coasts a centerpiece of your Torquay vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Torquay travel itinerary maker.
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  • We visit living coasts quite often through the year as we are members.There is something for all ages the children love the penguins.My favourite is the wading bird section such a good reproduction of...  read more »
  • The initial plan was to spend the day in Torquay, but we became enticed into the Living Coasts Aquarium/Zoo. We started with a walk around the outside enclosures and liked the fact we had penguins by ...  read more »
  • We visited Living Coasts on our holiday in Dawlish. Located by the sea front, Torquay, a beautiful place for all ages to visit. A range of penguins, birds, fish and much more. Our children absolutely ...  read more »
  • A great place for our daughter, she really enjoyed seeing everything and it was great to walk around with the penguins. Staff were knowledgeable and enjoyed answering questions. My only issue is the space they all have, hence the 4 stars and not 5. I am sure they are in a safe place and have more than enough space, but then maybe if humans are not such ass' then we wouldn't need to keep them in such places? Venue is well kept, including the toilets. Keep doing what you are doing.
  • Living coasts is unlike many bird sanctuary as it's birds are free to roam around this huge netting! I did a keeper for a day experience here which involved feeding the Macaroni and African penguins, giving the seals lots of fish as well as the otters. I also got to give their resident octopus and sting rays their meals too. It's an amazing experience and even just walking around the enclosures, there's lots to see and do!
  • Maybe great for young children due to activities. However not a lot to see and the poor seals have hardly any room to swim 35 mins to get around 15 mins in a large over priced shop.
  • Although the entry price may put some people off, you can tell the animals are well cared for so is not such a bitter pill to swallow. Very interesting for kids and adults alike. Great shop too
  • Very friendly staff, willing to answer questions to the best of their ability. One may notice the feeding times are mostly consecutive, so it is best to get there in time to see the penguin feeding and slow your roll enough to keep pace with the majority of the feedings. The penguin, the sea lion (you can't tell me those are seals with ears, foot-flippers, a neck, and all those sea lion features and not be sea lions. I demand a dna test.), and the octopus feedings (if they got a new one! RIP the last one) are the best. The water birds are super cute, the rays are funny with their flapping around, and the otter whatsits are very cute. The keepers really make it imo. Very funny, casual people if you are friendly with them.
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