Street Address
1000 Gunpowder Point Drive
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Mailing Address
1000 Gunpowder Point Drive
Chula Vista, CA 91910
phone: 619-409-5900
fax: 619-409-5910
Open Daily: 10am to 5pm
Daily10 AM - 5 PM
Because we are located within the beautiful protected areas of Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, our guests ride a free shuttle to the Center from our outer parking lot. The shuttle runs back and forth non-stop. You can expect to wait no longer than 15 minutes between shuttles.
$11 Adults (18-64) $8 Seniors (65+) $8 Students (18+ w/ID) $8 Juniors (12-17) $6 Children (4-11) Free Children (0-3)
Brian E. Joseph, Executive Director
Ben Vallejos, Chief Operating Officer


The Chula Vista Nature Center is a living, breathing, flapping, buzzing and splashing home to the unique animals and plants of Southern California. This Zoo & Aquarium is a convenient six miles south of downtown San Diego. Kids love meeting the live owls & hawks while exploring the aquarium exhibits, making nature crafts, and more. The Nature Center sits on the 316-acre Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. Guests can explore the Nature Center on their own or experience organized programs ranging from Critter Day Camps to Overnight Adventures. It’s the perfect place Celebrate your next birthday. Parents love the positive, educational, fun, kid-friendly staff, perfect size indoor and outdoor setting for the party, and happy kids.


Come face to face with sharks and other aquatic animals

To serve the public by providing a quality nature center/living museum in order to promote coastal resource conservation and environmental stewardship through education.