The Central Coast Aquarium welcomes all visitors, friends and family, to indulge in the splendor of the Central Coast’s beauty and the wonder within the waters brought to land. Between hands-on experiences like the Exhibit Hall’s touch tanks or close encounters with swell sharks, to engaging academic programs where kiddos learn to walk on sea legs aboard a fishing boat, we aspire to inspire the explorers within every heart who enters our doors. Valuing the lessons to be learned through personalized interactions and exhibits, the Central Coast Aquarium is dedicated to continuing the legacy of it’s founder and continually developing newer, greater, more in depth experiences for our visitors and marine residents.
We currently serve as a home to dozens of species, large and small, ranging from the giant pacific octopus to sea stars, rock crabs, smooth hound sharks, and lesser known gumboot chiton. As the ocean spans across nearly three-quarters of the Earth’s surface, this small sample of animals represent only a fragment of the oceanic life that depends on the health and cleanliness of our oceans. Specifically focusing on the diversity of our Pacific waters, our exhibits highlight the fascinating adaptations these creatures develop to survive and thrive in the seas, just footsteps away at Avila Bay.