• Re-Opening Coming Soon!

    Re-Opening Coming Soon!

    The Aquarium is temporarily close, and we will re-open to the public at a future date when State and County restrictions have lifted.

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The Central Coast Aquarium is opening soon!!!

The Central Coast Aquarium is opening soon!!!

It is with a joyful and grateful heart that I am happy to announce the future reopening of the Central Coast Aquarium. After three months of a temporary shut down due to the Corona Virus Pandemic we are starting the process of reopening our beloved aquarium. We are looking forward to once again serving the community and continuing our mission, dedicated to ocean stewardship, marine education and community engagement.

The number one goal is to safely reopen our doors to the community while adjusting to COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines set forth by the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department. Part of our reopening plan includes repopulating our tanks with local marine life and developing new ways to provide modified marine science education programs that adhere to public health guidelines.

We look forward to sharing our reopening date with you soon. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us directly by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by mail to: Central Coast Aquarium, PO Box 460, Avila Beach, CA 93424. Please watch for updates on our on our social media handles via FaceBook and Instagram

We are currently looking for volunteers to help us during this time so please reach out if you are interested. Click on the volunteer tab and follow the instructions on the volunteer application form. We will gratefully contact you!!!

Sincerely yours,
Debbie Collins, Interim-Executive Director



Forget about boring volunteer work and dive into the excitement of working at the Central Coast Aquarium! We’re currently seeking motivated and reliable volunteers to join our organization. Are you interested in working behind-the-scenes at an aquarium? Are you passionate about educating and inspiring others to appreciate the amazing life that exists in our oceans?

If so, then volunteer at the Central Coast Aquarium. Our volunteers are the heart of our organization, and we wouldn’t exist without them. Thanks to the help of a dedicated group of volunteers who assist in all areas of the Aquarium's programs, we’re able to open our doors every day.

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  • Central Coast Aquarium
    50 San Juan Street
    Avila Beach, CA 93424