Chula Vista - Living Coast Discovery Center

1000 Gunpowder Point Drive

Mission Statement:

The Living Coast Discovery Center inspires care and exploration of the living Earth by connecting people with coastal animals, plants and habitats.

Vision Statement:

We inspire global stewardship of coastal wildlife and habitats.


The Discovery Center is not a natural history museum. Rescued birds thrive at exhibits like Raptor Row and Eagle Mesa. Owls, pelicans, gnatcatchers and eagles are just a few of our resident native birds.

The Living Coast Discovery Center is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing environmental education on coastal resource conservation, and instilling a respect for nature and wildlife in people of all ages.


Morgan Maxwell

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Awesome hidden gem! The aquarists are very knowledgeable and care about the animals there! Awesome to see so many indigenous animals, and some that you would normally not see on your own! They offer summer camps for kids and many other programs for kids who are interested in working with animals. Staff are very friendly from the woman at the front desk to the bus driver. Lovely place.

Glenn Wales

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
An unexpected gem right off the freeway. Low key rescue center for sea life and birds. Affordable, educational and a good cause. The kids we saw loved the place, us too.

Glen Dixon

Thursday, March 8, 2018
Nice little place near the water. Many rescues. Several easy trails with great views. Parking is convenient and they shuttle you in and out. Variety of birds and sealife (bald eagle, golden eagle, rays, sea turtle, etc.

Kyle Norquist

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017
What an awesome little gem here in San Diego. Maps won't give a route I think because it's on a private road, but the directions on the site got us there just fine. Basically just go to the end of E Street and you'll see the sign for the parking lot. Then the shuttle will grab you and take to the main building. They have a wonderful variety of animals and the keepers are all informative and fun. Compared to Birch Aquarium, they have less sea animals but more lizards, snakes, birds, and other critters. Our favorites were the sea turtles, the eagles, and the mantis shrimp. We'll definitely be back!

Peter Kierstead

Sunday, March 11, 2018
There is a small but nice aquarium with 3 rescued seaturtles. Outside they have additonal aquarium exhibits and they also have bird exhibits including owls, eagles, and hawks.when you are done with exhibits there are walking trails along the marsh. Google navigation may have difficulty with directions because you park in a lot and take a tram the final half mile to the center. Just get directions to the freeway exit and follow posted signs.