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“Small and effective!”

Central Coast Aquarium
Ranked #12 of 25 things to do in Avila Beach
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Owner description: The mission of the Central Coast Aquarium is to cultivate a community that is dedicated to ocean stewardship through education, engagement, and action. The aquarium hosts school groups and provides marine science education programs to students ranging from preschool to high school. The aquarium is also open to the public during the school year on Friday from 12-4pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 4pm. All admission and proceeds go towards funding marine science education programs for local students. Please visit our website or call for our current daily events schedule.
Reviewed 1 August 2017 via mobile

This isn't the biggest aquarium you will ever see in California, but it's small size gives it a much more personalized experience. You don't have to fight crowds or wait forever to see up close some of the amazing sea life CA has to offer! They have shows every hour that highlight the typical kid favorites and well as a touch tank. Highly recommend!!! PS-they are closed every Monday!

Thank colie1018
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Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

Cannot be compared to big aquarium, this is a non profit organisation run by volunteers. However it is lovely and has a good selection of exhibits to entertain little ones. They are running feeding sessions regularly throughout the day and also have a few touch tanks where visitor can not only learn about the creatures but also touch them in a safe environment. Under twos get free admission and the tickets allow you to come and go all day.

Thank sono-ancora-io
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Reviewed 1 November 2016

Jellies, octopi, and a few tanks of fish. This is more of a storefront aquarium, like the Morro Bay Aquarium.

Thank Dsmittys
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Reviewed 2 October 2016

An adorable student from the local high school gave us a tour of the whole place. She was very knowledgable and patient with my young friend. We were able to "pet" some of the sea creatures too! We learned a lot and were very lucky to have the place all to ourselves!

Thank Marcia A
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Reviewed 27 September 2016

We've been to lots of aquaria, but this is a favorite. Yes, its small, but it's not crowded, there's a feeding or activity every hour, and the staff and volunteers are charming.

Thank non-native-angeleno
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