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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  • There's plenty of free parking and if you give yourself two hours you'll have plenty of time to see all the exhibits. One side has several aquariums that display the animals and plants in the Pacific ...  more »
  • It is one of my favorite aquariums! It has a Help Center for the development of the seahorses! and a variety of them, I had never seen so many varieties of them! In addition to a beautiful views and a site where children can play and performing experiments of type physical, with water and wind, very educational and also very economical
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  • Had a meeting recently here, why my company chose to have a meeting here is beyond me but still nonetheless there we were. I must say it really is beautiful in there.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.

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