Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla

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Natural History Museum
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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and many more San Diego attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's San Diego vacation route planner.
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  • It's fascinating to learn about all the different types of fish and marine life. I would take my grandsons often and they never got bored. They can touch a starfish or a crab its a lot of fun.  more »
  • Our family recently enjoyed a visit to the lively Birch Aquarium and we all had a fabulous time. The exhibits are great and the staff is friendly and helpful. The displays are very well designed. You ...  more »
  • The Birch Aquarium is very clean, well lit, and well labeled with the various sea life and how they evolved. It is amazing to learn about all of the explorations going on at the bottom of the sea, map...  more »
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  • Love this place. Just renewed our membership because it's a great value. Enough to see to linger a bit, but size allows for a quicker visit as well. Similar for the exhibits as well... enough changes to always make it interesting but the kiddos like to "visit the octopus and sea turtle."
  • Everything about Birch Aquarium is great. There are enough things for kids to do, but not so much that you're overwhelmed. The fish always seem to be putting on a show when we walk through and the venue is small enough to do in a couple of hours. The people that work here are knowledgeable and helpful.
  • Smaller than we originally thought, but our grandson enjoyed the interactive learning they have. It's a beautiful place. We went first thing and pretty much had the place to ourselves.
  • This aquarium is much smaller than I anticipated. However, the seahorse exhibit was really interesting and they had some other species (like the nautilus') I'd never seen in an aquarium before. Seems like a great place to take kids!
  • While on the smaller side, the exhibits are well presented and educational. There are plenty of options for children such as touch pools and interactive exhibits about green energy. The sun deck also offers great views of La Jolla shores and the area.