Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla

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Aquarium · Hidden Gem · Natural History Museum
A public outreach center for the world renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography remains more than a place to see beautiful fish and spectacular ocean views. The venue brings guests into the exciting world of cutting-edge research and world-class scientific discovery through interactive exhibits and more than 60 habitats from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest, to local kelp forests, and tropical coral reefs. Surround yourself with spectacular seahorses and come nose to nose with a rescued loggerhead sea turtle. Don’t miss the outdoor touch pools and enjoy some of the best ocean views in Southern California. 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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  • It’s a small, but nice aquarium! Outside they have Gray Whale statues and a small submarine. They recently added more touch tanks. The hall of fishes contains a nice variety of saltwater tanks. The...  more »
  • I know not everyone has an interest in sea life and aquariums, but ocean lovers like me should not miss this! As in every great aquarium, this one is packed with different magnificent species...  more »
  • Loved it!. It's quite small but still packed with a ton of sea life and information. Staff were very kind and helpful. Spent a good two hours walking and looking around. They had very many interactive games and activities for kids. There were art tables, videos, games, dress up, water and sand tables. I could imagine if I would have brought my nieces and nephews they would have loved it and maybe spent much more time there. Although the activities were primarily for kids there was still a bunch for others. There is a ton of facts and knowledge about the sea life all over the walls. They even have some informative videos playing around in the background. Outside they had the pools with animals you could feel or hold. There's two of them and they switch back and forth throughout the day to give them a break so the life in them doesn't stress to much with all the excitement. The views of the beach and ocean outside are also amazing. We found it to be great for pictures or to just simply enjoy the view.
  • This was so much fun for my family. We have older kids and still spent 4-5 hours experiencing all of the exhibits. It was a wonderful up close experience. The facility is clean and child friendly. There is also a reasonably priced eatery right outside. I recommend the pesto flat bread. It was delicious! Oh, and I forgot to mention that admission is extremely reasonable! I would come here again.

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