Many visitors to Pismo Beach spend their time on the sand and in the waters trying to spot marine life native to the Central Coast. There’s another way to ensure you get more than a glimpse of all the sea dwellers you wish to see – with a trip to the Central Coast Aquarium.
Pismo Beach’s Interactive Aquarium
Based in Avila Beach, the Central Coast Aquarium – formerly known as the Sea Life Center – is home to a diverse collection of residents. Kids are drawn to clownfish (think Nemo) while adults are often captivated by ochre sea stars. The brightly colored Garibaldi – the California state fish – also hangs out at the aquarium, along with moon jelly invertebrates and friendly bottom-dwellers known as swell sharks.
The Central Coast Aquarium isn’t just for looking, however. There’s a hands-on policy encouraged in certain sections of this attraction, with tide pool touch tanks populated with hermit crabs and red abalone, floating labs, and discovery labs (where kids can dissect a squid!). Visitors to the aquarium can further engage with animals and learn about their habitats and ecosystems by signing up for a feeding tour, docent-led tour, or even a private tour.
Catch a Good Thing in Avila Beach
As you plan your Avila Beach and Central Coast Aquarium visit this September, make room in the itinerary to take part in the aquarium’s annual fundraiser Catch of the Central Coast, which will be held at the Avila Beach Golf Resort on September 14th from 6pm to 9pm. Enjoy an elite fine dining experience featuring gourmet seafood and wine pairings, as well as a silent and live auction. Visit the Central Coast Aquarium website for details and to purchase tickets. Or learn more on the aquarium’s Facebook page.
Family Fun from Here to There
The Central Coast Aquarium isn’t new – the name is fresh, but this popular spot has always had a home in Avila. With a new name comes a new, exciting face, but the same great summer camps, birthday parties, and educational programs are still available. All of these elements is what make the Central Coast Aquarium such a draw for families who are staying at the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel in Pismo Beach while visiting the Central Coast. Avila is only about five minutes from the SeaCrest if you’re going by car. Some guests even choose to make their way from Pismo Beach to Avila by walking or cycling on the Bob Jones Trail.