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Birch Aquarium at Scripps

#6 of 76 things to do in La Jolla Features Animals
2300 Expedition Way, Scripps Institute, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
+1 858-534-3474
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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 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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2300 Expedition Way, Scripps Institute, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
+1 858-534-3474
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Reviewed yesterday

The aquarium can be booked for events, and we attended a wedding reception. Staff and catering were excellent, and who can object to seeing fish when the reception gets dull?

Thank Choirmaster
Reviewed 2 days ago

The aquarium has a wonderful array of live and educational exhibits. The guides are so helpful in pointing out creatures that have come out of hiding or are camouflaged. The outside terrace is a relaxing place to sit and enjoy the view.

Thank Janina K
Reviewed 4 days ago

I spent a couple of hours touring this aquarium with my daughter and grandson the other day. It was great for him because of the smaller size of it. If you have older kids mid teens and above your time and money would be better...More

1  Thank Sherri C
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is an awesome place to visit. I can't believe I have been to the area so many times and never visited the aquarium before. We had a great time. Admission is not too expensive so it makes this an affordable outing for the family....More

Thank deedeeg123
Reviewed 1 week ago

The overall visit was great. However, when it's 90o outside, it's difficult to see some of the fish displayed without a paper towel to remove the condensation from the outsides of the tanks. Visited once before several years ago - difficult to do in the...More

Thank kelleysbelly
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was small compared to the Monterey bay aquarium in central California but It was great! I love loved the baby seahorses, was my favorite exhibit. There were also some great interactive displays outside for kids. Even though it was a small aquarium there was...More

Thank Pungalo2016
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was disappointed by the size of the place and exhibits. I felt like I was looking at people's personal home tanks. The seahorses were good but that's about all. Our aquarium in Galveston is 150% better and I thought Birch would rival that. Great...More

Thank 767evelyng
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nothing fancy but we had a good time and saw some cool animals. It's really not bad considering the price and comparing it to other things to do in San Diego.

Thank Samuel F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is my second time here and I truly love this Aquarium! The location is stunning. Easy to get to. Admission is reasonable, gift shop is lovely, staff very informative and friendly and the exhibits are stunning!

Thank Robin W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took about an hour to go through the aquarium. Nice stop before hitting the airport. Go when they open to miss the crowds

Thank jen g
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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