Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla

Categories: Natural History Museums, Zoos & Aquariums, Museums, Nature & Parks
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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. 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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  • A wonderful Aquarium. It's all close shows. Great facilities. Diverse and multifaceted. Entrance fee is increased but acceptable.
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  • What a great place to spend a couple of hours. There are dozens of aquariums, large and small, with sea creatures from around the world. The docent that we were with provided an excellent tour and we ...  read more »
  • Love the area but decided $30 was too much to spend for two people to see a small aquarium. When we can get discount passes, we'll go. 
  • My wife and I brought our 2 year old grand daughter here on Sunday morning.Sadly for a tourist attraction which seems to be aimed mainly at young children the aquariums are nearly all mounted at adult height.Our grand daughter enjoyed seeing Nemo and Dory in the tanks but we were all very disappointed with the so called petting ponds outside....there were a few tiny little fish and nothing a little toddler could touch.We think the admittance prices are a bit steep for what is on show.
  • Million Dollar View. Several hands-on exhibits for the little ones. Our two year old loves it! He threw a fit when we tried to leave. Sea horses, educational exhibits, a turtle, lots of jelly fish. Reasonable family membership plans and a great place for marine education.
  • One of the best aquariums in California if not the whole West Coast. It has many many different varieties of ocean life as well as a nice tide pool area in the back. It also overlooks the ocean which is extremely gorgeous with a full 180 degree look out to the ocean 4 miles on end. It is a great place to take younger kids as well as older folks and anywhere in between. The tickets aren't very expensive and it is well worth the money. There are usually many people there so expect some crowds but during the weekdays there are not many at all
  • Nice little aquarium. It's not huge, so you can cover it in a couple hours. There seemed to be quite a few sections and exhibits under refurbishment, but it was still worth a stop. Great views from the observation deck!
  • Nice little spot to visit when we have no plans for the day. One girl at the information desk was very helpful when we asked her a few questions, and the rest of the staff seemed happy to be there as well. Definitely a good place to bring kids, as they've got a touch pool with an amazing view, plus a cool waterworks playground area. There's also a cafe out front that has a decent selection of food and drinks to offer (I think there are locally made items). And, of course, a gift shop filled with a lot of different knick knacks is a good way to end the trip:)
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