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Aquariums and Zoos

Come face-to-face with creatures of all kinds at SLO CAL’s aquarium and zoo. Capture the kids’ attention with a visit to these community treasures that showcase animals of both sea and land.
Perfectly located in Avila Beach, the aquarium invites visitors to learn about local marine wildlife. Get up close and personal with purple sea urchins, hermit crabs and sea stars that live in the touch tanks of this educational-based aquarium. Other exhibits feature sharks, a red octopus, jellies and more. Staff and trained volunteers gladly answer questions about the animals and ocean environment.
Just steps from the beach and a playground, the aquarium makes for a great addition to a day in Avila Beach. Pop in when you need a quick break from the surf, and learn a bit about the wonders of the ocean, which happens to be just outside.
In Atascadero, an intimately sized zoo welcomes animal lovers of all ages with exhibits that house hundreds of animal species from around the world. With the zoo dedicated to the conservation of local and exotic species, you may just encounter animals you haven’t seen before. The zoo’s rare Malayan tiger is always a favorite, and other animals delight as well, such as red pandas, tortoises and toucans.


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