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Address: 2300 Expedition Way, Scripps Institute, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
Phone Number: 858 534 3474
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Description: Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public exploration center for the...
Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public exploration center for the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the aquarium features more than 60 habitats of fishes and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and the Caribbean. An interactive museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps scientists on climate, Earth and ocean science.
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Excellent enjoyable visit

Had already been to Sea World on this vacation but we also really enjoyed our visit here. Lots of interesting information and hands on exhibits.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

This is a pay for Aquarium, which I felt was moderately priced for an attraction in California. I want to say it was around 50$ for the 3 of us. Unfortunately they decide to waste half of the main exhibition hall on non-aquarium fair. Political posturing does not have a place in an aquarium half full of wonderful fish. It... More 

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Eagle River, Wisconsin, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Had already been to Sea World on this vacation but we also really enjoyed our visit here. Lots of interesting information and hands on exhibits.

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Omaha, Nebraska
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

My rating system gives one out of five points for each category that follow for areas: Upkeep of area. Amount of things to do or shops available. Good pedestrian and car traffic flow. Uniqueness of area. Ease of exploring. If I enjoyed it. This is a nice little quick visit aquarium. Some neat critters but not at all on the... More 

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Abbotsford, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

This is an amazing top notch aquarium. You won't see whales or dolphins but, what you will see is very cool. They have a huge floor to ceiling tank that houses a whole array of fish. You could sit there and watch for ever. The seahorse breeding program is top notch and many displays show us how the eco system... More 

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nedabreak
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

I was less than impressed. The Denver Aquarium was much more exciting! Very few live exhibits which was surprising since it wS Scripps. More educationL boards than live fish. Disappointed. Especially for $39 with the senior discount. Expected much more

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Pearl City, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

This is a small but upscale aquarium that you can run through. Educational exhibits are interesting. I was fascinated by the varieties of seahorses that can look like dragons.

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Ventura, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We have been planning to visit this aquarium for some time and finally fit in a trip down south to see it. This is a very small aquarium and I would only plan on a couple hours here. We took advantage of Free Museums Bank of America days on this trip. There is free admission for BOA cardholders on the... More 

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Redlands, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

It was after we went to tts house in pasandena it was fantastic. First we went inside to the little house of fishis then we touched sea stuff then ate lunch it was 12:40 pm then we went to the gift shop then we headed home

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

I enjoyed my visit here as it was quite educational. It is rather on the small side, so don't expect it to be in competition with Sea World! I was surprised at how expensive the entrance fee was for such a small aquarium, and given that it is a research facility, I half-expected entrance to be free, at least for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This continues to be a favorite. Some exhibits are showing their age but overall it's an excellent and educational aquarium. It accommodates crowds well.

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Address: 2300 Expedition Way, Scripps Institute, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
Phone Number: 858 534 3474
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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