Living Coast Center

Living Coast Discovery Center

One of the best things about living in San Diego is being able to get close to nature any time of year. Our weather is beautiful year-round and being outside is where we most want to be! The Living Coast Discovery Center is a nonprofit zoo and aquarium, located at 1000 Gunpowder Point Drive right on San Diego Bay in the middle of the Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, offering you and your family a way to celebrate our Earth and all its wildlife inhabitants (or at least all our San Diego wildlife inhabitants!). Your San Diego vacation will not be complete without a visit to this natural wonder.

It’s All About the Animals

Walk along the trails and view the foundation of the old gunpowder building that was once a thriving factory and is the basis of our street name as you enjoy another beautiful day in sunny San Diego. Visit the turtles in our expanded Turtle Lagoon and take part in the shark and ray experience. Step into our aviary and walk with the birds who make their homes here, or learn everything there is to know about eagles when you explore Eagle Mesa. And finally, Raptor Row is where injured or disabled birds of prey make their home, as it is too dangerous for them to be released back in the wild. This is your chance to get an up close and personal glimpse of these magnificent creatures in a way you would never be able to out in nature.

Events and activities

The Living Coast Activity Center also offers the opportunity to get even closer to the wildlife that reside here. It costs a little more, but where else are you going to be able to hand feed a bat ray, meet an owl, hawk, and falcon, or feed an endangered green sea turtle? All these experiences, plus getting to meet two reptiles and learn about their care and feeding, can be experienced for an extra $50 per group, not per person, and since this a nonprofit organization, you can rest assured your money will go to the worthy cause of taking care of the mighty beasts, sea creatures, and birds that make their home here.

710 Beach Rentals

San Diego is our favorite place on earth, one that we love to share with people from all over the world. Book your luxury 710 Beach Rentals vacation home today and explore the wild side of our city at the Living Coast Activity Center.