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Living Coast Discovery Center at California

Living Coast Discovery Center

1000 Gunpowder Point Drive, Chula Vista, California, 91910 | 619-409-5900
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explore the living earth at the san diego discovery museum

Tucked into the Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, the Living Coast Discovery Center gives visitors a unique way to learn about California's coastal animals, plants and habitats. A diverse collection of animal ambassadors and interactive exhibits welcomes you and invites you to stay and explore. Learn about sharks, rays, turtles and eagles with our daily feeding and presentations, or join a VIP Animal Encounter and get up close and personal with birds of prey, snakes and other unique critters.


Prices -

 $14 (Adults); $9 Children (4-17); Free for children 3 and younger; $9 Seniors (65+); $9 Students (with ID); 50% discount on regular price admission for military (with ID) and first responders (fire, police, EMT); 20% discount for family members of military and first responders.

Hours -

 Monday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.


  • Farm to Bay
  • Family Overnights
  • Keeper 101


  • Guest Adventures
  • VIP Animal Encounters
  • Wildlife Camp
  • Group Programs
  • Field Trips
  • Birthday Parties


  • What type of animals can I see in the exhibit?

    San Diego has amazing wildlife. From the deep water of the bay to salty marshes to drier inland areas, the exhibits here cover them all. Get ready to discover seahorses, jelly fish, eels, sharks, lobsters, crabs, octopus, sea stars, snakes, lizards, owls, hawks, turtles, shorebirds, eagles, raptors and a variety of rays.
  • Are there trails I can walk on?

    Absolutely! One and one-half miles of walking trails take you on a journey from the Discovery Center exhibits to the shores of San Diego Bay. Along the way you will find the foundation of an old gunpowder factory and the abandoned railroad tracks that hauled kelp from the bay to the factory, too. Keeping you company on the trail will be shorebirds, rabbits and even some birds of prey.

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