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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Living Coast Discovery Center

This past Saturday, we took a trip down to the Living Coast Discovery Center for family day. I can't recall where I first heard about the Center but I've been wanting to check it out for a while now. Admission was $14/person for adults and Parker was free.  The Center focuses on highlighting animals that can be found living in our local waters, skies and marshes including Moray eels, Leopard sharks, stingrays, sea turtles, rescued owls, hawks, falcons and eagles. Parker really enjoyed the fact that most of the exhibits had a seating platform for little ones to sit and watch the animals swim around. Even on a Saturday afternoon, the Center was not busy and we didn't have to fight any crowds to get a good view of the exhibits (like the zoo). The Center is located in the Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge and offers beautiful views of the surrounding marshland, bay, shipyard and Coronado Bridge. Parking is located right off the main road and free of charge. After you park, take the complimentary shuttle to the Center. The Center is very stroller friendly. The one thing we did not have the chance to do was hike through the marshlands but I would definitely do that the next time we visit.

[Across the street from the parking lot "Beat the heat and chill with our hotties". Keeping it classy Chula Vista!]

[Spiny urchin]

[Parker was obsessed with this tank]

[Mantis shrimp]

[View of the shipyard]

[Too busy watching the sharks to take a picture with mom]

[Burrowing owl]

[My handsome boy in his Zara plaid shirt, Gap fedora, H&M leggings and Old Sole shoes]

[Time to go home!]

Side note! We had lunch at El Gordo's before we went to see the animals. One of my favorite taco places in San Diego.

[Al pastor taco. Almost everything on the menu is $2]

Living Coast Discovery Center
1000 Gunpowder Point Drive
Chula Vista, CA 91910

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