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Karen F.
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Report | a month ago
Take a lunch or snacks
Jeremy L.
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Report | a month ago
We had an amazing time there. Try to schedule your visit during their feeding times!
Pauline S.
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Report | a month ago
We had a great afternoon! Lots to see and learn about. We especially liked being there for the shark and Ray feeding!
KT B.
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Report | a month ago
Great place to spend a few hours or an entire day! Educational and fun, not just for the kids, but for adults as well!
Roy A.
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Report | 2 months ago
Awesome place
Shawntae S.
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Report | 2 months ago
Great place! Pack a lunch and enjoy the peaceful views!
Robyn H.
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Report | 2 months ago
It's not an all day excursion so plan to go visit something else if you make the drive all the way down.
Scott B.
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Report | 2 months ago
Fun place to take the kids. If you go at lunch time, be advised that the gift shop sells simple snacks only, so bring your own food if you want to have a real lunch.
Janice S.
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Report | 2 months ago
Nice place to take the kids for a 1-2 hour hands on visit.
Bri H.
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Report | 2 months ago
Great place to take the family! Beautiful views of San Diego Bay, the marshes and Coronado. Great place for kids (and adults) to learn about coastal animals. Staff was very helpful and kind.
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Step into to a bird's house. Get eye-to-eye with a moray eel. Greet a sea turtle as he swims up to say hello. The Living Coast Discovery Center isn't a nature museum?it's a chance to hang out with Southern California's plants and animals on their own turf. The Discovery Center's "living, breathing, flapping, buzzing, and splashing home" sits on the 316-acre Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, the ideal location for exploration of the region's most memorable residents in their native habitats.

A walk-through aviary encompasses the tidal slough habitat of black-crowned night herons, red-breasted mergansers, and endangered clapper rail chicks, freshly hatched from the in-house breeding program. Bald and golden eagles await up-close encounters at the Eagle Mesa, but the rays get even closer: an interactive touch pool puts the aquatic creatures beneath your fingertips. Raptor Row hosts the Center's rescued birds of prey, all of which have injuries or other conditions that prevent them from surviving outside the refuge on their own. Visitors are also free to pursue their own wildlife adventure along the center's 1.5 miles of walking trails.

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