Living Coasts is a year round, all weather zoo and aquarium located on the Torquay seafront in South Devon, and it is a hugely popular attraction for all ages.
Located just 15 minutes away from Galmpton Touring Park, this family favourite offers a huge array of activities and experiences to make it a truly wonderful day out. The marine animal experiences let you get up close and personal with some of the most popular animals, specifically penguins, seals, otters, and rays.
There is more than enough to keep you entertained throughout your visit to Living Coasts, with feeding times and talks for different animals happening daily and lots of things to see and do. There are many special areas within the grounds, such as the Puppet Show at Auks Under Water, which is one of the first things you encounter as you enter the site, and Water Play at the Jetty where toddlers can splash about and have some fun in the water. The Crawl Tank is a firm favourite as it lets children get a glimpse of how the sea life lives from underneath the tank and is described as like being ‘under a huge transparent rockpool!’ The Climbing Wall lets you experience the difficulty in holding on to rocks – and really makes you wonder how limpets do it. The Children’s Area is a great place for young children to play and is the perfect opportunity to watch the penguins under water, while The Interactive Area is a spot where children can jump around and clear the seaweed and litter before the tide comes in.
Alongside the daily activities, there are also various exhibitions and events going on throughout the year. The Forgotten Wrecks exhibition is on until the 16th November and features First World War wrecks of all shapes and sizes that were discovered off the Devon Coast. With more than 700 wrecks currently off the south coast, this gives a great insight into what lies below the waves in and around Devon. Then there is the Super Villains Week (perfect for celebrating Halloween), which is taking place between the 24th and 30th October. Super Villains make an appearance to interact and get up to no good as only villains can do! Plus during half term there are fancy dress competitions, spooky puppet shows, and a Creepy Coffin trail (for which there is a £1 charge).
You can also meet and chat with the animals’ keepers who will tell you everything you need to know about the animals and their natural habitat, and there are plenty of experiences to be had – including a diving experience where you can go below deck to see sea creatures in their natural habitats. (If you want to have either of these experiences on a specific date, call or email Living Coasts to check availability before booking.)
Are you a real animal lover who would love to make a difference? Living Coasts’ ‘Adopt an Animal’ scheme is an excellent program that allows you to make a real contribution to the vital conservation work that the group does onsite and around the world. At the moment, there is a real threat that more than 10,000 species could disappear by the year 2050, and you can help to change that. Choose from African penguins, macaroni penguins, otters, seals, blue-spotted ribbon tail rays, octopuses and tufted puffins. This is a chance to adopt a species rather than a specific animal, and it is designed this way because some animals may move from Living Coasts to other zoos as part of breeding programmes. For more information, please visit the adoption section of their website.
If you’re feeling ‘peckish’ during your visit, the Living Coasts Café is open to all with free entry to non-visitors. You can drop in any time for family friendly, local food and drink with spectacular sea views to enjoy while you eat. Tradewinds Gift Shop is also free to visit, and carries everything from plush toys and games to books, clothing and confectionery as well as a huge range of Fair Trade jewellery and local art, with all profits going towards the conservation work the group are so proud of.
Living Coasts is open daily (except Christmas Day) from 10.00am. Adult entry is £11.05, with Children (3-15 Years) costing £8.30. Senior Citizens are £9.40 and Family Passes (2 Adults and 2 Children 3-15 years) are £34.85.