The Main Gallery
The Main Gallery features a gorgeous array of wildlife native to the San Diego area. This section is made up of more than 20 exhibits, which include aquatic animals like seahorses and eels, as well as reptiles like lizards and snakes. It's a great introduction to the park as a whole, and also aptly shows the staff's dedication to the many animal residents.
Green sea turtles are endangered, which is why places like Turtle Lagoon are so crucial to their survival. Turtles swim happily in their glass enclosures while guests observe their behaviors and interactions with great interest. If you choose to participate in an animal encounter in Turtle Lagoon, you'll also get to observe a feeding.
The Living Coast runs a new seasonal exhibit each year, featuring animals from around the world, from late March/April through Labor Day.
Shark & Ray Experience
Not only will you get to see amazing aquatic animals at the Shark & Ray Experience, you'll also get to interact with them directly. Visitors to the touch pools can actually gently place their hands on swimming rays, who typically enjoy a light pat. You'll also get to visit with treasured park resident Sapphire, which is Living Coast's resident loggerhead sea turtle.
The walkthrough Shorebird Aviary provides an uncluttered view of local birds like snowy egrets, red-breasted mergansers, and black-crowned night herons. Living Coast takes great pains to recreate these birds' natural habitats, which allows them to thrive within the facility.
Marvel at the proud, distinguished bald and golden eagles of the Eagle Mesa during your visit. Stop by during feeding time you'll be privy to how these birds hunt their prey.
Fascinating birds of prey are the stars of Living Coast's Raptor Row, so-named for these birds' prehistoric ancestors. The Center has rehabilitated numerous birds and now provides them a safe, stimulating place to call home. Get up close and personal with ospreys, barn owls, red-tailed hawk, and many other impressive creatures.
Walking Trails & Native Plant Gardens
Before your visit ends, be sure to check out the 1.5 miles of scenic walking trails, as well as plant gardens featuring many native species. Additionally, be sure to check out the native pollinator gardens, where bees, birds, butterflies, and even bats can be found flying high. You'll also learn why creating a pollinator garden at your home is also very important to wildlife.