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Buena Vista Audubon Society & Nature Center

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Address: 2202 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054-6549
Phone Number:
+1 760-439-2473
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:00

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Museum , Fishing , Bird Watching on Salt Water Lagoon !

Love this peaceful Place on Coast Highway ! Great museum and you can arrange docents for tours ! People fish , hike & Bird Watch in this Living/Breathing Eco - System !

Reviewed 28 April 2016
Oceanside, California
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Kensington, Maryland
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173 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017

Very nice display of animals--stuffed and information. The trail was not recommended due to recent rain. I appreciated knowing that the trail was muddy and not recommended at the time we stopped.

Thank photobug429
San Diego, CA
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2016

Wonderful group of people - great lectures on various subjects. Good place to put on your donation list.

Thank Love2Food
Oceanside, California
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13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 April 2016

Love this peaceful Place on Coast Highway ! Great museum and you can arrange docents for tours ! People fish , hike & Bird Watch in this Living/Breathing Eco - System !

Wenatchee WA
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95 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2016

We attending a presentation given by a man from Panama. It was fun and informative and we learned so much about hummingbirds. Even the novice would enjoy the presentations.

Thank 2norske
Oceanside, California
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2016

The Audubon Center is easily the best local experience for viewing and nature as both the past and the present. It's on the edge of the Buena Vista Lagoon, a good place to see nature and how we people have impacted it. Stop by: It's interesting for everyone.

Thank Chuck92054
Ballston Lake, New York
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2016

The nature center is free of charge, staffed by dedicated & knowledgeable volunteers and a showcase for a small but artful display of several local birds and animals preserved by taxidermy in creative and natural settings. There is a short walking trail in a marshy area of one of the few southern California Lagoons still in existence. With some muddy... More 

Thank JacksView18
Escondido, California
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67 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2016

This is a wonderful place for out of towners or with kids. The location directly on the lagoon makes it special. Take time to walk around the lagoon. The staff is very knowledgable. Worth a visit.

Thank mltalks55
Danville, California
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2016

The center is very small. It will only take a few minutes to see the stuffed animals. The trail through the cattails is like walking through a corn stalk maze at Halloween. There are small openings (maybe 3) where you will catch a glimpse of water. Do not attempt to walk this if you use a cane. However, the bathrooms... More 

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San Diego, California
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78 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2016

This place is right by my apartment and I love it. There's a nice little nature center to visit, but the real gem is the trail that winds through the reeds. It's a really short hike and quite beautiful (but if you go out at dawn or dusk, wear mosquito repellent).

Thank heatherh0p
Austin, Texas
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765 reviews
398 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 414 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2015

This would be a wonderful learning experience for children both in the nature center and along the walking trails. It is interesting for adults as well. A number of local birds and animals (taxidermy) are displayed in the center along with information about them. There is a large teaching area for classes on the 1st floor of the center. Everything... More 

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