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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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At least an hour, likely not more than three hours... worth doing.

A nice 2 hour (ish) stop with the family. Plenty of good examples of local marine life, a neat hands-on tide pool, ample parking, and some nice interactive exhibits. The climate... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Gilbert, Arizona
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Gilbert, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

A nice 2 hour (ish) stop with the family. Plenty of good examples of local marine life, a neat hands-on tide pool, ample parking, and some nice interactive exhibits. The climate change and conservation exhibits were a bit of a downer, but important and a good conversation starter.

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New Richmond, Ohio, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This was pretty much just your run-of-the-mill aquarium. It was enjoyable, but not anything too special. Consists of the regular animal exhibits.

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Scottsdale
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

After a day at the beach and much discussion about marine life the Aquarium was a great stop. Not super pricey and worth the money. Our group was aged 9 - 54 and everyone loved it. We saw the tank show and the volunteers in the outdoor area worked well with the children and adults, offering a wealth of information... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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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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Escondido, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

What a gem! Excellent exhibits, fun activities, food - The Birch Aquarium at Scripps is worth the visit. It is not large. Matter of fact, it is a small facility but tastefully and artfully jam-packed with information and experience. We saw divers in the large tank feeding fish - nothing exotic in the tank that I could see, just regional... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
9 reviews
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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

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

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

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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Additional Information about Birch Aquarium at Scripps

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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