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Living Coast Discovery Center To Re-Open Following 13-Month Closure

Barn Owl at Living Coast Discovery Center

CHULA VISTA, CALIF. – The Living Coast Discovery Center, a nonprofit zoo/aquarium located on San Diego Bay in Chula Vista, announced that it will re-open to the public on Saturday, May 1, following a 13-month closure due to COVID-19. The Living Coast will be open to visitors on Saturdays and Sundays only, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reservations or advance tickets are not required. Private tours will be available to book Monday through Friday for small groups to enjoy a private two-hour tour and animal encounter. Living Coast members are invited to visit during a sneak preview day on Friday, April 30. More information is available here. “We cannot wait to finally welcome visitors back to the Living Coast,” said Executive Director Ben Vallejos. “This extended closure has been challenging for us, and we would not be here without the incredible support and dedication of our donors, fans, members, volunteers and staff. We look forward to once again making connections between families and native wildlife, which is at the core of our mission.” CDC-recommended safety protocols will be enforced, including masks (for ages two and up), social distancing, verbal health screenings, reduced-contact payments, hand-washing stations, and enhanced cleaning protocols. The parking lot will be open as usual, but the shuttle capacity will be limited to allow for social distancing. Guests should consider arriving earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon to minimize shuttle wait times.

About Living Coast Discovery Center

The Living Coast Discovery Center, a 501(c)3 educational zoo and aquarium located within the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge on Sweetwater Marsh, began operating as a non-profit in 2010 after assuming operations of the Chula Vista Nature Center. The Living Coast Discovery Center offers hands-on exhibits and up-close encounters with plant and animal species native to Southern California, including sea turtles, leopard sharks, reptiles and a large collection of raptors such as hawks, falcons, owls, eagles, and more. More information about the Living Coast Discovery Center is available at or (619) 409-5900. For the latest updates, follow the Living Coast on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.


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