Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla

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Sitting on a hilltop above the Pacific Ocean, Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography features over 60 aquariums, three tide-pools, and a coral reef containing more than 3,000 animals representing 380 species. See fish from the cold waters of the north and tropical fish of the Caribbean in a kelp forest tank. You can observe different kinds of sharks and learn what they are like. You'll see crabs, starfish, and sea cucumbers at the tide-pools, and find lionfish, nautilus, and giant clams in the coral reef. Watch for the chance to participate in interactive displays and for up-close encounters with seahorses. Take a camera; photography is allowed at the site. To visit Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and other attractions in San Diego, use our San Diego trip planner .
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  • It was a little aquarium that took us about 30 minutes to go through. We only went because we purchased the San Diego Go Card and it was on there, I would have been very disappointed if I had paid to ...  more »
  • An excellent aquarium that also happens to be located on one of the more beautiful bluffs in Southern California. The exhibits provided samples and descriptions of sea life across the Pacific Ocean be...  more »
  • In town on vacation and I am obsessed with aquariums. When I saw that this was down the road from where we were snorkeling I knew I just HAD to go. We made it through in just over an hour. There were ...  more »
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  • Had a great time here with my family. I've been here twice, the first time there were a lot of empty tanks. This time there was so much more to see. Lots of nice people helping out and overall a very nice place. The view from the back area is amazing! Lots of cool deep sea creatures in jars. The turtle was the best, so social and friendly looking. Definitely a cool place to check out with family and friends and I totally recommend this aquarium.
  • I enjoy taking my grandsons to visit Birch Aquarium. Logistically, everything is convenient. It's easy to get to, parking is available on site, the spaces aren't overwhelming. Every time we go we learn something new. All the exhibits are excellent, but one that sets it apart is the interactive section about The Scripps Institution of Oceanography research ships. We always end our visit at the tide pools on the terrace where we enjoy not only the exhibits, but the beautiful views. The last time we were there we overheard a girl of about 4 or 5 telling her mother, "The aquarium is so much more fun than the zoo."
  • A great place to know about marine a life. Must see for school going children and adults alike. There are volunteers at various places to help you understand better. Various sections arranged to explain different aspects of the sea life. Worth mentioning is the Sea horse section and deep sea wonders section and the open sky exhibits.
  • Enjoy this 16 seconds time lapse video shot in Birch Aquarium. Birch Aquarium is my favorite local aquarium. I come visit at least once a week. I first say hello to the octopus who laid eggs last year on March. If she lives in the wild, she would have been dead because the mother octopus spend all her time guarding her children that she don't have time to hunt and eat. However, thanks to the good care of the staff in the aquarium, she is still alive and in good health. As an international student, I've learnt a lot of vocabulary from the aquarium. :) Please check out their online schedule when planning your visit. They often host great events for you to enjoy~
  • All the exhibits that we saw where very clean, inside and out. All employees giving talks were well spoken and easy to hear. Parking lot was mostly full when we arrived but still parked pretty quick. Admittance was 20 for adults 15 for kids over two. If you can find brochures, it's $3 off per person. Either way, I thought it was appropriate for what you get.
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