Living Coast Discovery Center

From the deeper waters of the bay to the salt water marsh and the drier upland habitats, San Diego has amazing wildlife!  Explore more than 20 exhibits and come nose to nose with local marine life, reptiles and other native creatures at the Living Coast Discovery Center. Besides the main gallery other special areas to visit include Turtle Lagoon, Shark and Ray Experience, Shorebird Aviary, Eagle Mesa, Raptor Row, native plant gardens and walking trails. There is a lot to explore!

Living Labs:

Participate in a special educational living lab with live animal interaction, scavenger hunt and guided tour. 20 min./40 max.

K-2  Crawling Crabs-Come crawl into the world of crabs and other crustacean relatives. Learn about adaptations with fun hands on exploration. Students will enjoy touching and observing crustacean molts. Students will also meet and hold real live crabs and crayfish.

3-5 Crustacean Lab –Ever wonder what it means to be a crab? Get up close with crabs, lobsters, and other crustaceans as you explore the world of arthropods. From exoskeletons to real live animal encounters, students will learn what it means to be a marine invertebrate. Your students will be excited about their crabbing adventures and all that they learned in the crustacean lab.

Fees: $10 student and $12 adult.


Tour the Living Coast Discovery Center at your own pace to explore your interests in-depth.  Fee: $7 student and $11 adult.

Children 3 and under are free. Drivers must park in the public parking lot and take the complimentary shuttle to and from the venue.