Living Coast Discovery Center

One of the city of Chula Vista’s undiscovered treasures is unquestionably the Living Coast Discovery Center. Not only do the grounds have a fascinating history, but you also get the opportunity to interact closely with several species of wildlife. They are an environmental teaching center that can be found in the Sweetwater Marsh Unit of the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge. The center features marine animals, bird exhibits, and other types of wildlife. At the Living Coast, permanent exhibits focus on local animals and plants that can be found in Southern California and San Diego Bay.

It’s possible that you know this location better by its previous name, the Chula Vista Nature Center. Even though it has a new name, the center has retained a great deal of the characteristics that made it so popular in the 1980s! You will have the opportunity to get very near and personal with a wide variety of animals, many of which have been rescued and are currently undergoing rehabilitation at the facility.

From the end of March or the beginning of April through the day after Labor Day, The Living Coast hosts a new seasonal display each year that showcases animals from all over the world. In addition, there is a hiking trail that is about a mile and a half long and loops all the way around to the San Diego Bay. Browse next article 

The Hercules Powder Company operated on this location until the late 1910s, when it was converted into a kelp processing business. During World War I, they would mine the wetlands for its minerals and then use those materials in the production of explosives.

After that, throughout the 1920s, it was turned into a cotton seed industry. The factory was destroyed by fire in 1929, and the building was never used again after that. If you choose to embark on the nature trail that begins at the center, you will still be able to view the plant’s historic remains.

The cultivation of tomatoes took place in this area from the 1930s until the 1980s. On point of fact, portions of the film Attack of the Killer Tomatoes were shot in and near Sweetwater Marsh.

Located at: 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr. Chula Vista, CA 91910

Kid-Friendly: Yes   Dog-Friendly: NoHours: Sat & Sun 10am-5pm

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