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Something For Everyone

Experience the wonders from the depths down under the sea with our immersive educational programs. The Central Coast Aquarium exists today because our founder wanted school children to connect with the ocean. Each day we strive to keep that mission alive and growing. We reach over 4,000 school children each year from San Luis Obispo County and five surrounding counties. We offer programs from pre-K through high school. Our goal is to bring marine science to children in a fun, friendly and hands-on environment. In our public aquarium, we see over 20,000 visitors each year. Our aim is to offer you a personal experience with our sea life through public talks, feedings, animal encounters with our trained staff and volunteers. In addition we offer events, programs and fun experiences all throughout the year. So, check in often as there is sure to be something for everyone!

Special Events

Fundraisers, Beach and Dive Clean Ups, Member Events, and More

School Programs

Hands On Education in the Aquarium, on the Avila Bay, and at your School

Public Programs

Marine Science Events for All Ages, Parties, Rentals, Tours, and More

Special Events

Beneath The Surface

Beneath The Surface

Dive in for our annual scuba and beach clean ups.

June 2nd, 2018 - Dive Clean Up. June 9th, 2018 - Beach Clean Up. Contact us for more details and to sign up.

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Catch of The Central Coast

Catch of The Central Coast

An annual night to remember - benefit fundraiser with live music, silent auction, and a dinner on the Harford Pier

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Shark Week

Shark Week

Visit us daily for education and hands on activities about sharks from all over the world. Join us to celebrate sharks...because they aren't scary!! Discounts on all things SHARK will be offered all week on the GIft Shop.

Members Only

Members Only

CCA Members keep us going all year long. Not only do you get free admission for up to 5 people all year long, but we host members only throughout the year. Check in with us to make sure that you have access to events, special tours, and more.

School Programs

Discovery Lab

Discovery lab

Discovery Lab programs take place at or near our facility and allow teachers to choose from a variety of fun and informative marine science lessons.

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Floating Lab

Floating Lab

The Floating Lab is a unique marine sampling experience on San Luis Obispo Bay. Students get to go out on a boat and ID different fish, invertebrates, and marine mammals. After the boat, students go back to the aquarium to participate in one of our Discovery Labs.

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Marine Life Monitoring

Marine Life Monitoring

This program's goal is to actively engage students in real-life scientific investigations and the scientific process, while also collecting data that will be used to better understand the marine communities found along our coast.

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Pre-K

Pre-K

Our Pre-School programs introduce your little explorers to the exciting world of marine life! This program is created for three and four-year-olds and groups are kept small to maximize the benefit and experience of our hands on learning environment.

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Tidepools On Tour

Tidepools On Tour

Can't make it out to the aquarium? No problem, we can bring our live tidepool animals and marine science lessons to you!

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Public Programs

Sharks After Dark

Sharks After Dark

Sharks After Dark is a monthly event held at the CCA where local experts discuss the ocean’s top predator as well as oceanography and current marine events.

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Tidepools On Tour

Tidepools On Tour

With our mobile touch tanks, we can bring live tidepool animals to you, along with other fun marine science lessons. We provide formal presentations and informal programs!

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Facility Rentals

Facility Rentals

Our resident fish welcome new faces and would love to host a special event for you and your friends

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Birthday Parties

Birthday Parties

Celebrate your special day in a special way at the Central Coast Aquarium with games, activities, crafts, and of course our local marine creatures

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Mommies & Guppies

Mommies & Guppies

Mommies and Guppies is a monthly event designed just for preschoolers and their parents to explore the aquarium.

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Shoreline Explorers

Shoreline Explorers

Splash on by the Central Coast Aquarium every last Thursday or Saturday of the month to hear all about the special species you will encounter on your shoreline journeys!

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Seasonal Camps

Seasonal Camps

Splash on by the Central Coast Aquarium every last Thursday or Saturday of the month to hear all about the special species you will encounter on your shoreline journeys!

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Hours & Calendar

Monday
CLOSED
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Overnight Accomodations

Parking Information

Free street parking is available throughout Avila Beach. San Juan Street, 1st Street, San Francisco Drive, and Avila Beach Drive are nearest to the aquarium.

During the summer months parking can become competitive, so we recommend coming early before the spaces fill up. Alternatively guests can park at the public lot located on 1st Street (cost is $5 per day), or ride on the free Avila Trolley. More information on the Avila Trolley can be found at the Regional Transit Authority Website

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Address
50 San Juan Street
Avila Beach, CA 93424
Contact
(805) 595-7280
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(805) 595-7280

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50 San Juan Street, Avila Beach, CA 93424