Living Coasts is a coastal zoo and aquarium attraction located on the Torquay seafront in South Devon. There is plenty to see and do. You can mingle with the playful penguins, get up close to the otters, octopus, seals and much more. It’s a cute little place to spend a few hours, especially on the Penguin Beach where you can walk with the African and macaroni penguins and catch the feeding time talks.
Below the decks there are more habitats and creatures to see, some games and activities and even great panoramic viewing areas to see the seals and penguins swimming and feeding underwater. It was great to watch them all diving in and out to catch fish and to see the baby seal pup playing with a flower!
There is also the Living Coasts Café, that is free entry to non-visitors too, with beautiful sea views overlooking the Bay. We sat watching the sea birds flying overhead whilst munching on a very refreshing ‘Luscious lemon’ ice-cream- highly recommended!
The Gift Shop is packed with wonderful products to suit all ages, from plush toys and games to books, clothing and confectionary. There’s also a huge range of Fairtrade jewellery and local art for sale. All of the gift shop profits go towards their conservation work to help all the wonderful coastal creatures.
We had a great time here, my personal favourites were the baby seal pups and the tufted puffins! The kids enjoyed it thoroughly and even got chance to get their faces painted.
The staff were lovely too, especially the gardeners who were helping us to identify bird species. We had a great day out and it was right next door to our hotel! Definitely worth the visit.
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