Hands-on experience is centered around education, engagement, and action
The Central Coast Aquarium, a marine science education center, is located in Avila Beach right next to the park and just steps away from the beach. The aquarium offers daily educational talks and feedings, and visitors can explore touch tanks and view over 50 different species of wildlife. From shark and ray exhibits to rocky intertidal displays filled with unique local fish and crabs, there is something for everyone at the Central Coast Aquarium.
In the gift shop, find educational games and activities for all ages in the gift shop, along with a wide variety of unique gifts and clothing that benefits marine science programs at the aquarium.
The mission of the Central Coast Aquarium is to cultivate a community dedicated to ocean stewardship. The aquarium was born from a passion for the sea and community, and is committed to providing opportunities centered around education, engagement, and action by offering a fun, hands-on experience that encourages stewardship of our oceans.
The Central Coast Aquarium is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Mondays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. General admission is $8, $5 for seniors, and free for children ages 2 and under. For more information, call (805) 595-7280 or visit centralcoastaquarium.com.
- Private tours, perfect for senior groups, reunions – reservations required
- Floating laboratory – hop aboard a boat for scientific exploration
- Adopt an aquarium animal
- Gift certificates available
— Ruth Ann Angus