Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla
(4.1/5 based on 1,300 reviews on the web)
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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  • Fascinating collection of jellyfish, good climate change section for kids, live science, a restaurant with recycled plastic chairs and tables + a good shop. Better (and cheaper) option than the zoo. 
  • Was in the La Jolla area so stopped by the aquarium. Totally enjoyed the visit. Great tanks and lots of educational exhibits. Great for kids that are learning about nature/ecology. 
  • We were very pleasantly surprised at the quality of this aquarium. Fantastic exhibits with great educational value for our 10 year old daughter. We were so impressed, we became annual members even tho...  more »
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  • Good variety of fish. A smaller aquarium - able to get through it in about an hour. Kids were entertained. My two-year-old daughter actually enjoyed the outdoor interactive exhibits (water current to energy to be specific) spending most of her time there. Free Parking for up to three hours. Admission fees seemed a little high
  • One of my favorite aquariums in the States. I visited when I was a child and again just a year ago. The aquarium does not take long to view the exhibits, kid friendly, great gift shop. I recommend a visit if you ever find yourself in classy San Diego.
  • Nice little aquarium with a great variety of little fish, also has some tough pools in the back, and has interactive education on the other half of the building. The staff are very helpful and eager to teach kids with questions. Great experience
  • Not huge, but a nice place to visit. The sealife is presented in a nice clean environment. It is relaxing and calm place with a focus on education. They have a heavy environmental message, but not so much that it detracts from kids seeing pretty fish.
  • My kids love this place it was free for all of us. Because we went on a sunday. And the cashier told us its free every first sunday of the month for bank of america card holders