Experience the wonders from the depths down under with our immersive educational programs. The Central Coast Aquarium exists today because our founder, Russell “Russ” Kiessig, wanted our local youths to to be swept to sea and connect with the current of the ocean. Each day we strive to keep that mission alive and growing with our special programs ranging from pre-K through high school. Each year we welcome more than 20,000 visitors to our tanks, while our educational outreach efforts are extended to more than 4,000 school children in San Luis Obispo County and our five surrounding counties. So stop on by for a visit, enroll in a class, and get your toes wet with us here at the Central Coast Aquarium.
Fundraisers, Beach and Dive Clean Ups, Member Events, and More
Hands On Education in the Aquarium, Within the Waters of Avila Bay, and at your School
Marine Science Events for All Ages, Parties, Rentals, and Tours
Sharks are swimming about our waters every day, but during shark week we especially celebrate these marvelous creatures and - you know what - they’re not scary at all! Stop by and learn why.
Bonus: Discounts on all things SHARK will be offered all week in the Gift Shop.
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.
Join us for our most popular lesson, Squid Dissections! The last Saturday of each month from September to February.