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Birch Aquarium at Scripps

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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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What a great Aquarium!

It had been years since I had been there, and they have really added a lot of exhibits since the last time. I especially like the Sea Horses, I had no idea there were that many... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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San Diego, United States
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San Diego, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

It had been years since I had been there, and they have really added a lot of exhibits since the last time. I especially like the Sea Horses, I had no idea there were that many types of Sea Horses and some of them so beautiful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW via mobile

Four of us visited the Aquarium. There are many different types of fish including sharks, jelly fish, octopus and sea horses. Outside was a aquarium in a more natural setting and it was set up so you could touch and feel fish and plants. My favorite was the section where there were babies. They had baby sea horses, jelly fish... More 

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Richmond, Virginia, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

There was a room full of global warming agitprop. I noted this with some amusement, as my home town was experiencing record low temperatures all week during my visit. I imagine that climate change is an excellent source of grant money for the aquarium. The sea horse - sea dragon exhibit was the highlight for me, excellent, well done. If... More 

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Littleton, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Great research and scientific based aquarium. No captive marine mammals! yay! Super gift shop--you can't get the Scripps tshirts anywhere else!

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San Diego, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

I was not really that impressed with this...I was a little bored... Thought it was going to be a much bigger place wit more stuff...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

We stopped here on our way to San Diego. Extremely educational and INTERESTING exhibits about global warming and the Sea horse exhibit was really cool! I feel the entrance fee would have been a little pricy because it was so small, BUT we ended up getting in for FREE because my husband and I have a bank account with Bank... More 

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Orange County, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Having been to MANY aquariums and living near a few, its easy enough to compare. The exhibits they do have are very pretty, especially their reef tank. Pretty small though so don't plan to spend more than a couple of hours there.

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Minnetonka, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 via mobile

Extremely informative about how warming and polluted seas affect the Ecosystem. The largest seahorse exhibit I've ever seen perfect for school age kids the outdoor exhibits in the back overlook the pacific from high above Well worth the visit

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Salida, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I took my 7 year old daughter, we spent about 2.5 hours and had a very good time. They had some hands on displays that she really enjoyed. The volunteers were very nice and informative. Less expensive than some other San Diego attractions. Wasn't to crowded so we were free to move around and explore at our own pace.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 via mobile

Great place for kids....but quite small. We were quite surprised to find this quite limited in scope, size and diversity. There are many aquariums in the U.S. that are better....as well as California. If you want the best in CA...would recommend Monterrey Bay aquarium.

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