The Living Coast is a fun little Discovery Center located in Chula Vista. The Discovery Center is a great way to get up close to many of Southern California’s inhabitants. The Center is located on the 316 acre Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. The Center itself is small but packed full of animals and information.
My little family recently went on a little adventure to the Living Coast Discovery Center. This was our first visit, well except for my fiancé but he went when he was very young so it was like a first visit again for him. We took our time throughout the whole center which wasn’t crowded and all the animals and fish were easy to spot. All the staff was cheerful and would take their time and answer all my little explorers questions. I really loved how all the enclosures were so detailed. Being at the center is such a change from the downtown city setting I am so used to when we go to San Diego, it was a nice little escape.
The first animal to greet you when you arrive at the Living Coast. Which made my kiddos so excited to go inside.
Many of the birds at the Center are rescues, such as the Screech Owl pictured above. The Owl is blind in one eye and was brought to the Center where he helps to educate visitors.
The kids got a nice up close look at sharks in the Shark & Ray Experience. If you can tell from the water on the ground the Rays like to splash a bit.
Outside is all the bird exhibits and great views of the marsh. There was a volunteer who talked with us about the local birds and pointed out where to see their nests in the marsh. To help with seeing them we checked out a free pair of binoculars to share. My son was using his own Dora the Explorer ones.
He really put his binoculars to good use while at the Discovery Center. ;)
One of the best features of the Living Coast is the Walking Trails. The Trails lead from the Center to the shore of San Diego Bay. The views from the trails a beautiful and you may even hatch a glimpse of some San Diego natives such as rabbits or shorebirds. The day we went was rather hot so we didn’t fully explore the trails so you can bet that is on our list for our return visit.
I can’t forget to mention the free shuttle bus that you ride to and from the parking lot to the Discovery Center and back. What better way to start and end the days adventure. The ride got the kids so excited and felt a little like you were traveling somewhere far off.
If you have the chance try and explore this wonderful Discovery Center. My family had a great time there and can see our selves going back for another visit. For more information about the Living Coast Discovery Center visit thelivingcoast.org
Have fun exploring!
The Living Coast Discovery Center
1000 Gunpowder Point Drive
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Hours and Admission
Open Daily 10am to 5pm
Children (4-17) $9
3 years and Under are FREE