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Birch Aquarium at Scripps

2300 Expedition Way, Scripps Institute, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
858 534 3474
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Ranked #10 of 23 Attractions in La Jolla
Type: Natural History Museums, Zoos & Aquariums
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Owner description: 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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Louisville, Kentucky
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133 reviews 133 reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

Great for families. Pretty small in general, but nicely laid out and with cool exhibits and free parking. Really enjoyed the sea horses exhibit. Nice views as well. Was very happy to visit this aquarium as part of our Go San Diego card, added value for sure. As an adult couple with no kids, might have been a bit disappointed... More

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san diego
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

This is a good place to go if you get a 2 for 1 coupon and it's rainy or chilly.The collection is nice, I love the seahorses!

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Phoenix, Arizona
18 reviews 18 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

I had visited this aquarium over 5-10 years ago and it has just gotten better with time. They have improved and expanded their exhibits and there is a great view of the ocean to watch the sunset. The size is just right that if you come with younger kids, you won't have to worry about them getting bored or lost.... More

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Fort Worth, TX
19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

Exhibits are arranged to assure good flow of guests, with many species shown that are not available at many other sites.

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San Diego, California, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

you can enjoy sea creatures with the whole family, it is fun and informative, kids will learn a lot about ocean creatures, their habitat and a lot more, the ticket is not that expensive so you don't want to miss it

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Oceanside, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

One of the top marine biology and research institutes in the country. The Birch Aquarium in La Jolla offers an insight to the ocean world around us. The Aquarium is located on the oceanfront and provides a look at the California coastal life in their own environment. A great place to take the children and there is a "hands on"... More

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La Jolla, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

My wife and I had a 2 for 1 ticket to visit Birch aquarium and we had an enjoyable time. The sea dragon and sea horse conservation projects at the Birch is quite commendable. A small but nice aquarium and a fine view of Scripps pier and the Pacific. A good place and worth visiting.

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Redondo Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We spent the afternoon here and enjoyed not only the local aquatic species, but the tropical exhibits as well. The outdoor tidepool area is great for kids and the ocean views are beautiful. And it's nice to have a place that displays the local indigenous species. They also have a small outdoor cafe and a gift shop. We'd recommend a... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We've dragged the kids to every aquarium in every city we visit. So when we saw this one we had to go. After we walked through the kids were stunned that there wasn't more to see. It is a small aquarium. The shark tank was not what we thought it'd be. The seahorses were nice and the kids loved the... More

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San Diego, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We were here recently due to a deal with our bank for free museum admission. Birch Aquarium is really good for kids with activities and things to keep them occupied. However, we went on a Saturday and were surrounded by kids, many not supervised well by any adults. There is some good information and the exhibits are interesting, but difficult... More

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