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Living Coast Discovery Center, Chula Vista

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  • The Living Coast Discovery Center is a great place to go spend some time in the South Bay area. This place is great for kids and everyone else who enjoys getting a close look at our local natural habi...  more »
  • Discover the coast and salt marshes of the bay at this low slung center that includes animals indoors (e.g., snakes) and birds outdoors in cages (e.g., roadrunner and raptors) and in the air. Although...  more »
  • There is no way to drive into this facility. You must park in the lot and take a shuttle bus to the center, which runs every 15 minutes. The displays were interesting, but many of the interpretive sta...  more »
  • Hidden Gem of San Deigo. We picked a free entry day, which made our trip even better. But even paying $14 would be total worth. It was a fun and educational experience for my 5 year old. One a crowded day, the shuttle to pick-up from parking lot/ trolley station might take more than 30 mins. This place is a treasure, the views are beautiful and great atmosphere is so friendly for animals and birds. It is small place though, do not expect a zoo or wild aniumal park. You could do all under an hour or relax and enjoy the details over 6 hours. What makes this special is, this is Perfect place for a visit with small children, interactive staff and volunteers, well maintained enclosures and regular keeper talks/feedings. My kid especially enjoyed visiting the rays and Mom enjoyed watching the sea turtle target training! Also, the small hike across the street and walked .25 miles on their hiking trails that lead into the bay and great view of Coronado Bridge. Downs: *Not so frequent shuttle service * the entrance fee for adult is $14, guess it bit high considering the size. * Absolutely no food to buy from inside, bring your own food, picnic style. Do not miss: 11:00 a.m. Shark & Ray Feeding 1:30 p.m. Shark & Ray Feeding 2:00 p.m. Turtle Feeding 2:30 p.m. Bald Eagle & Golden Eagle Feeding
  • Love it, i learned a lot out of here, the birds were exciting, they have turtles outside once you get off the shuttle they have from the parking lot. Also if you take public transportation, from the E street trolley station you walk across the bridge and the shuttle is right after that.
  • Excellent little nature center. My toddler and I enjoyed our few hours here with the turtles, rays, birds, and beautiful views. The center grounds are very clean and they have excellent fencing, which made for a very safe place for a toddler to explore. There are many nice places with benches and views. The free shuttle from the parking lot to the center runs every 15 minutes.
  • My wife and I visited this animal refuge shelter a few days ago.There were lots of sharks,turtles,rays,tortoises,all types of eagles,a few owls and lots more.We watched a feeding session for a Golden Eagle and a Bald Eagle.It was amazing to see such beautiful birds up close and personal.It only cost us $14 each to tour the facility which would normally take about an hour.My wife brought her digital SLR and we hung around a good 2 hours while she took photos of every creature she saw.It's a fabulous place and everyone no matter what age would find something of interest here.
  • There is a free P&R and they offer a free climated shuttle service. Just hiked the trails around the center. It was nice but not really worth the time (very short trail so you are done in about an hour if you keep it slow). Maybe the center offers a better experience?