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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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Small but good

Small university - affiliated aquarium. Has several cool tanks but a lot of the exhibits require lot of reading, so may not be so desirable for families with young children. That... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
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Exeter, California

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Exeter, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

Small university - affiliated aquarium. Has several cool tanks but a lot of the exhibits require lot of reading, so may not be so desirable for families with young children. That being said, there are a few hands on exhibits that the younger kids would enjoy. You only need to budget a couple of hours... Won't take all or even... More 

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Brattleboro, Vermont
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Beautiful aquarium. Not a huge collection, however, the educational facilities are amazing. The touch pool is cool, especially the view overlooking la jolla beach! Interesting, eclectic gift shop. Fun visit!

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Colorado
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

this University aquarium is very educational with beautiful fish, a hands on tide pool, and hillside view of the ocean. I loved the exhibits on climate change and how we all can help the situation. Lots of helpful volunteers and a very cute gift shop. Love the whale sculptures out front.

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Bullhead City
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

For $17 for an adult ticket, the aquarium is a great place to spend the afternoon. The location is great with amazing views. The exhibits are interesting and educational. Great place for kids of all ages.

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Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Although this aquarium is small it has a lot to offer. It is primarily focused on oceanography and educating visitors on how to help take care of the ocean. It also shows the negative impact pollution can on our oceans and the animals that inhabit it. Great educational trip for young kids. It also has some exceptional views of the... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Very well organized and informative camp for young children and it gave us a chance to see the displays and tanks whilst waiting for our grand daughter .

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Scripps has close to twenty species of Sea Horses, and they all seem well cared for. I know of no other place where there is such an opportunity.

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Republic, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

we were there less than a couple of hours. It was nice to see the projects they are working on and the Pacific Tanks of fish were quite interesting.

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North Wales, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Went here for business lunch. Aquarium was interesting, but quite small. Lovely view of San Diego. There is one large tank with kelp that was nice to sit by.

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Liberty, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Every time we visit family in San Diego we make a visit to Birch Aquarium! My children have wonderful memories throughout the years and my oldest is now 20! As toddlers they were fascinated by the glowing jelly fish and the older they grew they were able to understand more and the aquarium was a wonderful learning experience. My kids... More 

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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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