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Birch Aquarium at Scripps

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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...more
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2300 Expedition Way, Scripps Institute, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
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Reviewed yesterday

The actual aquarium is small but cute. Parking isn't the easiest. We were there later in the day so we were able to get a spot. It's more suited for families with young kids. I have preteen/teenage kids. We were done in hour. But it...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Judi B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Ive had recommendations to this aquarium so I had high expectations. Getting there is a bit rough due to the roads and hills. Parking can also be difficult and spaces are small, designated parking (traffic not bad considering it’s next to UCSD). Buying a ticket...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank bunbun32sd
Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited the Birch Acquarium in April 2019 during my afternoon in La Jolla, San Diego, California. The Birch Acquarium is small but interesting. There were several small acquariums with each one covering a different part of the California coast. It takes about an hour...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank blairkk25
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been to La Jolla many times but never stopped here. We had the Go San Diego pass and this was on it so took advantage of it. Enjoyed seeing all the sea life in the indoor aquariums and nice tide pool exhibit outside....More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank WaSunlover
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Birtch Aquarium is definitely worth a visit. If you are expecting a large aquarium like Monterey Bay or Atlanta, you will be disappointed. We spent an hour or so looking at the exhibits and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. It was kid friendly as they had...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I decided to gonto this aquarium because of the price and not wanted to go to crowded places like long beach. It was small but has some very interesting specimins. My kids loved the interactive areas and they are 17 and 22. There are tide...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Athena U
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Drive is nice going up to Aquarium. Parking free and handicap is right in front, next to entrance. Took about 2 hours to see it. Loved the sea horses. Look forward to Sea Dragon display coming soon.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Companion323797
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is a very nice place to make a two hr walk through (approx.) With a beautiful ocean view and exhibits for kids

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Valeria R
Reviewed 1 week ago

It started to rain so instead of hanging out at the hotel, we came here, not knowing what to expect. It was a fairly small but extremely informative aquarium. Has great touch pools and knowledgeable volunteers. Gorgeous out sea horse collection. My 10 year old...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Wipffam
Reviewed 1 week ago

Although small in scale, this aquarium is awesome indoors and out. Inside there are two exhibit halls with sea creatures that change regularly and have informative labels. My favorite tanks have sea horses and this time I found a black one that I had never...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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October 17, 2017|
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Response from Ruben2445 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure, believe 10 to 5 but to be sure give them call
October 3, 2015|
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Response from Hallie J | Property representative |
Hi! The phone number is 858-534-FISH. There's also lots of information at the website aquarium.ucsd.edu