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Living Coast Discovery Center

1000 Gunpowder Point Dr
Chula Vista, CA 91910

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Region: South Bay Hours of Operation: Daily: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Closed Christmas & Thanksgiving
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The Living Coast Discovery Center (formerly the Chula Vista Nature Center)

The Living Coast Discovery Center offers an intimate nature experience on San Diego Bay. Visitors enjoy up-close animal encounters with endangered green sea turtles, shorebirds, hawks, owls, sharks, stingrays, jellies and more. Uniquely located on 3.3 acres of the Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge and on history-rich Gunpowder Point, the Discovery Center is home to more than 350 animal and plant species native to the San Diego Bay habitat. The Center promotes coastal resource conservation and environmental stewardship through interactive education programs, live animal exhibits and inspiring seasonal art exhibitions.

The Center also offers year-round nature day camps for kids and teens, Overnight Adventures, scouting programs, guided kayak adventures, interactive animal encounters/keeper talks, critters and crafts programs, preschool story-time, composting workshops, nature discovery tours, walking trails through the wildlife refuge, lectures, field trips, birthday parties and teacher trainings.

What You'll Find:

  • Over 350 animal and plant species native to San Diego Bay
  • Intimate, nature experience set against the backdrop of the bay & refuge
  • Fun and educational for the entire family

Don't Miss:

  • Seasonal Family Overnights
  • Seasonal Day Camps for Kids
  • Seasonal Exhibit: "Splash of Color: Wildlife+Art"

More Information

  • Weddings
  • Destination Weddings
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ocean View
  • Tours
  • General Admission Adult
  • General Admission Child
  • General Admission Senior
  • Waterfront


Marsh Mondays
Expires: 10/31/14
Children 12 and under receive free entry with the paid admission of at least one accompanying adult. Valid for 2 children per paid adult. Does not apply on field trips or special events. Cannot be combined with any other offer or coupon.