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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 #11 of 24 attractions in La Jolla
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Aquariums, Natural History Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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San Diego, California
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Well, where do you take your 4-year-old grandson on the Friday before Easter when school is out? Luckily, the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla was open today for a multi-level, interactive "eggsperience." The venue is open again tomorrow and Sunday. Check out the seahorses. See sharks. Stick your hand in a tide pool, and then count and alphabetically label eggs,... More

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San Diego, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This is a very small aquarium, but a very good one. It is a great place to bring children, and doesn't take too long to go through it and enjoy what it has to offer. It sits right over the ocean at the La Jolla Shores Beach.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Beautiful setting, very educational and lots of hands on experiences for the kids, not a very big aquarium, but overall a good place to visit

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San Diego, California
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12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The only reason I give it 4 stars is because it is small. Now if you are a family with small kids, that's probably great because they will get a lot of benefit and not be exhausted. Wonderful collection of seahorses and sea dragons too. If you like big aquarium's like Chicago's, you'll be disappointed in the size. But they... More

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10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Six of us went to the aquarium last week. We ranged in age from 5 to 78. First thing to note is that the entrance fee is high, but similar to other attractions in the area. My husband and I (the oldsters) loved the way each tank was landscaped. They were beautifully done. We also enjoyed the view of the... More

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

The place is on top of a hill with great view of the area where you can see the whales. Inside the aquarium there are many kinds of jellyfish and local fish, also many different variety of seahorses that are so beautiful!

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San Francisco
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Great display of marine life. The aquarium is divided into two sections. Once you enter the building, to the right are the exhibits of marine life. The sea horse tank was really awesome. I never knew that there were so many strange varieties. Second best part is the giant aquarium with floor to ceiling glass. There are some tiered seating... More

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Yuma, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Very informative visit, we really enjoyed the seahorse displays - I'd recommend this trip to anyone with children between the ages of 3 and 12.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Lots to do both inside and out. A great place to visit if the weather isn't great since most of the attractions are indoors.

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Bowdle, sd
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

We stopped by for a short visit, only need an hour or two to visit this aquarium. Sea horses were interesting to see.

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