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Birch Aquarium at Scripps La Jolla

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Birch Aquarium at Scripps
2300 Expedition Way
La Jolla
CA
92037
Tel: 858 534-3474

Directions

Just head to 2300 Expedition Way in La Jolia. If in doubt, just look for where the ocean is! There is also free parking.

Where are we going today?

The ocean is an incredible place, and it's not often you get to experience the wonders of the ocean right in front of you! Lucky Birch Aquarium At Scripps is around to bring kids all the exciting discovering and marine life to see for their very eyes!

From sharks, living coral reefs, to those sweet little seahorses (did you know it's the male seahorses who have the babies...pretty amazing!), this aquarium has over 60 habitats which kids can experience.

Want to hear about some of the amazing exhibits at the Birch Aquarium At Scripps? Good, because we want to tell you! How about delving deep into the Mexican Seas through awe-inspiring photography and research? Kids can go on a photographic journey into four unique biodiversity hot spots - the photos are pretty amazing! 

Kids got Boundless Energy? Then this exhibit might just be for them! It's a fun and new interactive exhibit that celebrates the very awesome ways we can use natural forces which will give us power - and we know you want those iphones to be charged! It's also an amazing way for kids to learn all about renewable energy. 

Something About Seahorses? There certainly is! And in this fun exhibit kids can saddle up for that close encounter with one of the ocean's most captivating creatures. There are more than a dozen seahorse species, which include that sweet curious pipefish, as well as sea dragons (don't worry - they don't blow fire!)

Love all the colors of fish that you can find in the ocean? Then head to the Hall of Fishes, where kids can travel through over 60 habitats of sea-life, from the waters of the Pacific to the California coast, even the Caribbean! A pretty amazing display!

We’ll leave the rest of the exhibitions for you to discover yourself! Are you ready to explore the wonders of the ocean?

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$17
  • Children$14 (Ages 13 - 17), $12.50 (Ages 3 - 12)
  • Free Under: 2 years
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Open daily, but closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day.

Teachers corner

The aquarium is dedicated to providing all kids with interact and hands-on programs that connect them to the ocean. They of course for this offer school programs, both on and off site. .

I'm Hungry!

The Splash Cafe has a range of yummy snacks, treats and lunch items for you. .

Healthy Eating!

There are healthy options in the cafe, from water, sandwiches, and salads. .

Any Top Tips?

When you arrive, look at the animal feeding schedule so you don't miss out on anything you really want to see. .

Doing our bit

The aquarium really promote ocean conservation, and want to educate all who visit on the importance of looking after our oceans. They even have eliminated plastic bottles from the cafe! .

Need a little extra help?

Birch Aquarium is wheelchair accessible and wheelchairs are available for visitors' use..

Can I get one of those?

There is a book and gift shop so you can pick up all those fun items and souvenirs to remember your visit by! Save those pennies! .

More information

If you become a member you can visit all year long, as well as enjoy supporting their education and conservation programs. Free admission for a year - pretty cool! Family memberships are $89. .

What people are saying?

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    Great place for education and to spend your day. The aquarium is self guided as it isn't big at all. All you need at most is at two hours and plan it around one of their feeding tours during the weekends (shark feeding and kelp tank feeding). Love that they have their tanks arranged by region so you can really grasp how each animal differs by location. Also like how they have exhibits that discusses climate change and the affect it has. Plus they are all interactive. Especially enjoyed their seahorse exhibits. They even have a great view...Read More

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    It is a neat little aquarium. The exhibits are open so a lot of people can view at once. They have a great variety of species. There are petting areas and a water conservation area outside. They were doing and educational thing about sharks the day we went so we were able to touch some shark egg cases and learn more about sharks.

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    Maybe we shouldn't have chosen a scorching heat-wave Saturday afternoon, during Kids Free October, which also happened to be UCSD Free Week, to visit the Birch Aquarium, but despite the crowds and having to wait for a parking space to free, we did have a great time.

    Our 3- and 4-year-old grandkids in tow, we headed right out to the tide pool exploration area. They weren't ready to touch a starfish yet, but they are still talking about them.

    I loved seeing the local species up close - the garibaldi - San Diego's giant native goldfish, the Pacific...Read More

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    Come here early to avoid the crowd in the afternoon (meaning kids!). I came here early on a Saturday morning for a class project. I was in there for about 3 hours and by the afternoon, the place got crowded. It's a small aquarium to start with so if you want to enjoy your time and admire each sea creature in all the tanks (like I do), then it's best to come in the morning. My favorite areas are by the jellies.

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    I have been here twice. One of the best places to be with ur kids. My 8 months old daughter loved it and specially the water activities they have outside.

    They have many species of fish and it feels majestic to be among them.

    One feels amazed to be in a different world altogether. How often do we get to see a horse-fish or a jelly fish?? Well here at Birch's you can see all of them.

    They also have a good collection of sharks and a lot of people visit the place making it one of the best places to be in san diego..

    and ya not to forget the tide...Read More

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by Jorgeanne Cabuhat

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Great place for education and to spend your day. The aquarium is self guided as it isn't big at all. All you need at most is at two hours and plan it around one of their feeding tours during the weekends (shark feeding and kelp tank feeding). Love that they have their tanks arranged by region so you can really grasp how each animal differs by location. Also like how they have exhibits that discusses climate change and the affect it has. Plus they are all interactive. Especially enjoyed their seahorse exhibits. They even have a great view of La Jolla by the tidepools.

Tip: Parking is free (three hours) and if you are Bank of America member, you can come here for free on their posted dates.

by Donna Amis Davis

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Maybe we shouldn't have chosen a scorching heat-wave Saturday afternoon, during Kids Free October, which also happened to be UCSD Free Week, to visit the Birch Aquarium, but despite the crowds and having to wait for a parking space to free, we did have a great time.

Our 3- and 4-year-old grandkids in tow, we headed right out to the tide pool exploration area. They weren't ready to touch a starfish yet, but they are still talking about them.

I loved seeing the local species up close - the garibaldi - San Diego's giant native goldfish, the Pacific sea horses, the leopard sharks. I never knew there were seahorses living in San Diego Bay. The kids enjoyed all the tanks, too, but loved the educational play area with a water course they could dam up, and float little rubber boats on.

by Gaurav Jindal

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I have been here twice. One of the best places to be with ur kids. My 8 months old daughter loved it and specially the water activities they have outside.

They have many species of fish and it feels majestic to be among them.

One feels amazed to be in a different world altogether. How often do we get to see a horse-fish or a jelly fish?? Well here at Birch's you can see all of them.

They also have a good collection of sharks and a lot of people visit the place making it one of the best places to be in san diego..

and ya not to forget the tide pools they have where you can see star fishes and other things. .

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