Our family-friendly aquarium is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 4pm.See Central Coast Aquarium and all Avila Beach has to offer by arranging your trip with our Avila Beach trip planner.
During public hours, visitors have the opportunity to engage in hands-on exploration at the touch tanks - which are home to dozens of species of marine animals - from the commonly seen purple sea urchins, hermit crabs, sea stars and sea cucumbers to the unique gumboot chiton, abalone and kelp crabs. Our other exhibits include the red octopus, decorator crabs, flat bottom fish, rock fish, jellies and much more! And don’t miss the chance to get up close and personal with our local shark species during our shark talk and shark touch tank, offered every hour on the half hour! Staff, trained volunteers, and interns are stationed throughout the aquarium, ready to help identify animals on display, answer questions, and engage in conversation about the ocean environment.
Central Coast Aquarium reviews
We only stayed near here... did not visit. The outside of the building was well decorated. Avila beach is a quaint area with lots of local flavor. more »
This aquarium is in the perfect location (the beach), perfect size (small), perfect number of interesting species (like at least one of everything, perfect staff (welcoming and pleasant) and perfect..... more »
Very small but the guide is knowledgeable and quick to fill you with information on the sea life at this aquarium. Cute little place with a gift shop at the end.
Very nice place to stop by and learn more about the local species. They even allow you to touch certain animals.
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