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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 24 Attractions in La Jolla
Type: Natural History Museums, Zoos & Aquariums
Owner description: Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public exploration center for the...
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Type: Natural History Museums, Zoos & Aquariums
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Cleveland, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

This is a small aquarium, but really well done. It takes about 2 hours to go through, and they have a lot of very interesting exhibits. We really enjoyed it. It's very good for children.

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Costa Mesa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

My younger son and I just returned from an overnight trip to San Diego. Part of the itinerary was to the Birch Aquarium at Scripps. It's been 10 years since we were here last and I'm glad to see how well the place has been maintained and improved. The aquariums are beautifully maintained and the staff there is well informed,... More 

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San Francisco
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Great location with nice view of the shores of San Diego. Staff are so dedicated and friendly. Doesn't take a long time to lok around but the exhibits are exciting.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Relaxing walk through a tour of the eastern Pacific Ocean with a sampling of the northwest, the California coast, and Mexico. The special exhibits when we went were seahorses (excellent) and global warming (meh). Outdoors exhibits include a tidal pool and some wave and wind motion experiments that are great hands on for kids. This time of year, they had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Nice place to visit on a rainy or cold day, as it is an indoor attraction. You won't need more than 3 hours to enjoy the whole Aquarium. Specially liked the jelly fishes and the sea horses. As it is located up in a hill which looks to the ocean, the sunset there is very nice. The gift shop is... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

I have visited this aquarium since I was a child and usually go there when visiting San Diego area. ( who knows it may have fueled my love for salt water aquariums) it is a small aquarium but very well done. It has natural settings ( no plastic coral!) and some wonderful and unique creatures. The seahorse and sea dragons... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

We visited with our teenagers - 13 and 15 and it brought out the inner kid in them. So many beautiful and interesting creatures to admire. And one of the best views of the pacific. You can easily be in and out in 1-2 hours so it is not necessarily a bargain. There are a lot more distractions for young... More 

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Sanford, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Had a great time at the aquarium, loved going to them as a kid and still love it. Especially like to tuna melt at the snack concession.

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Columbus, Oh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The educational value of preserving the environment and being kind to ocean life is what this wonderful aquarium is all about. We especially loved the jellyfish tank with black lights changing colors of the jellyfish. Its right on a cliff in La Jolla so one really feels close to the environment and ocean life. Just wonderful!

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

This place is so special. I went to a wedding reception there and the whole place had been rented out for the evening. Gorgeous!!! The sunset over the ocean was beautiful. It is very interesting to see all the fish and sea creatures, so beautifully displayed. They had an amazing seahorse exhibit there. Very nice place to take out-of-town guests.

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