In medieval times, splashing around with turtles in shallow marshes was incredibly popular until people found out that their presumed turtles were actually hawks covered in algae. Improve your animal understanding with today's Groupon to Chula Vista Nature Center. Choose from the following options:
- For $37, you get a one-year Member Plus family membership (a $75 value).
- For $35, you get one ticket to the Food and Wine Classic on Saturday, May 14 at 4 p.m. (a $75 value).
- For $10, you get two general-admission tickets (up to a $22 value).
Chula Vista Nature Center provides guests with dozens of ways to encounter the birds, marine life, and other organisms that call the refuge home. Visitors can pet gentle rays or admire preening sea turtles before visiting the underwater discovery center to spy on majestic sea horses, spotted octopi, and exploding ants. Outside, 1.5 miles of walking trails lead out to the shore of San Diego Bay, offering convenient stops at native-plant gardens, Raptor Row, Eagle Mesa (home to majestic bald and golden eagles), and a shorebird aviary. Among the many native water birds and shorebirds housed by the aviary are light-footed clapper rails, one of California's most endangered bird species.
On Saturday, May 14, patrons may enjoy a senses-stimulating adventure at the Food and Wine Classic, which features live musicians, celebrity chefs, and more than 30 food and wine vendors. A live auction will feature packages such as home-cooked dinners, concert tickets, and luxury cruises. In addition to helping the nature center preserve the wetlands and wildlife of the San Diego Bay, attendees will experience rare sightings of after-hours animal activity, including sea-turtle poker games and sea-horse races.
Living Coast Discovery Center
Greet a sea turtle as he swims up to say hello. Get eye-to-eye with a bald eagle. Touch a bat ray in an interactive touch pool. Visiting The Living Coast Discovery Center is a chance to experience Southern California's plants and animals on the 316-acre Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge on San Diego Bay.
A walk-through aviary encompasses the tidal slough habitat of black-crowned night herons and red-breasted mergansers. 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 non-releasable 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 follow their own path along the center's 1.5 miles of walking trails.
1000 Gunpowder Point Dr.
Chula Vista, California 91910Get Directions