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Address: 10010 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
Phone Number: 858.453.4100
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Top of the Aquariums

Go see the Salk institute if you like Aquariums and sea life ...it's awesome, I've heard there are also concerts there in the summer months. I can't wait to see who is featured... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
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San Diego, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Go see the Salk institute if you like Aquariums and sea life ...it's awesome, I've heard there are also concerts there in the summer months. I can't wait to see who is featured this summer! Also free concerts in the local parks of San Diego (weekends and week nights) dance under the stars and by the beach! That's a vacation!

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Charlevoix, Michigan
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15 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

A stunning design that as well now for the cutting edge scientists as it did when it was built. They offer 1-hour architectural tours most weekdays and it is so well done.

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California
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93 reviews 93 reviews
9 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

After Jonas Salk invented the polio vaccine, he wanted to create a world-class research institute where researchers from various fields could work and collaborate. This is the result. The architecture and history of the facility is amazing and very inspirational. One would need a guided tour to really understand and appreciate what one is seeing, why it was designed and... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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22 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

We were unable to see the key feature of this project by Louis Kahn, the central courtyard leading to a dramatic open sky above the sea. We still walked all the way around the perimeter, but wish the gates to the courtyard had been open!

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

It is entirely closed and locked off on the weekend. Don't waste your time. The security guard stood right there with not a soul around and turned us away.

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San Diego, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

If you're into architecture, this building has a most amazing sunset views. The architect built an edge less pool between two buildings, so that at sunset the reflection of the Suns golden Rays on the water create the most amazing atmosphere. Bring a picnic for a romantic experience.

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San Diego, California
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56 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Skip it unless you make prior arrangements. It is an R&D facility and not a touristic attraction. It is out of the normal visitors' path and not worth the deviation in my opinion.

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La Jolla, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I would not view this as a tourist attraction in La Jolla. The buildings are stark and designed to be functional. HOWEVER, if one continues on the road heading toward the ocean the San Diego Glider port will be encountered. Great place to watch hang gliders and there is a neat little restaurant with outside patio that can't be beat... More 

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La Jolla, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
17 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

This is a great place to go to see some world class architecture in San Diego. They do not allow professional photographers to photograph here anymore which is a bummer but still a remarkeble place to visit and you can also walk over to the handglider port which is off the cliffs from here. A highly recommended spot for people... More 

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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The guides on this tour are great! They know a lot and are willing to take questions. We went on the tour with my two year old son since we had no where to bring him. However, unless your toddler is content with standing still and listening for long periods of time, this is not exactly the best place for... More 

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