Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla

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#3 of 32 in Museums in San Diego
Natural History Museum Zoo / Aquarium
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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  • August 14, 2017
    This aquarium was really nice. It's a little small, but has interesting exhibits. I really enjoyed the jellyfish and seahorses. It also offers a great view of La Jolla. This is a good attraction for f...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Honestly all of the half-hearted quasi negative reviews really grind my gears. Birch is an amazing place to visit whether it be as an adult, a child, a student of life, whatever you want to call yours...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    The Birch Aquarium is part of the University of California, San Diego, and is a great place to see aquatic life while learning a little about what you are seeing. There are many interactive stations f...  more »
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  • June 14, 2017
    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.
  • June 4, 2017
    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."
  • June 8, 2017
    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.
  • June 7, 2017
    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!
  • June 13, 2017
    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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