Discover the Living Coast Discovery Center, San Diego Bay’s native wildlife center. A zooquarium that focuses on the importance of coastal resource conservation, the Living Coast Discovery Center features a number of diverse and fascinating exhibits, set just steps from the pristine coastline of San Diego Bay.
Kids will love the Wergeland Family Discovery Center, which features giant green sea turtles and rainbow trout. In Turtle Lagoon, get up-close-and-personal with the Discovery Center’s own endangered Eastern Pacific Green Sea Turtles. Don't miss the David A. Wergeland Shark & Ray Experience, a 21,000-gallon aquarium that includes a shallow-water touch tank where you can actually touch the resident rays!
At the Living Coast Discovery Center, you can step into the Shorebird Aviary and enter the home of native water and shorebirds, including egrets, ducks, and herons. At Eagle Mesa, you will come face-to-face with the majestic national symbols of the United States and Mexico: the Bald eagle and Golden eagle. Take a walk down Raptor Row and meet the Discovery Center’s native birds of prey, including hawks, owls, osprey, and even the Turkey vulture.
As you’re exploring, take notice of the beautiful gardens featuring San Diego’s rich mosaic of plant species. Take a stroll on the Discovery Center’s 1.5 miles of walking trails leading to the shoreline, where you may catch a glimpse of a soaring harrier, shorebirds, rabbits, and maybe even an Osprey diving down for lunch.
Free guided nature walks are available on weekends and some weekdays. Call for times and reservations (619) 409-5900 or visit the website at thelivingcoast.org.