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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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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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With my marine biology background, I have spent a lot of time at aquaria. Birch cannot compete with Monterey Bay, but it is also less puritanical in not sticking to only local... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Kingston, Canada
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

With my marine biology background, I have spent a lot of time at aquaria. Birch cannot compete with Monterey Bay, but it is also less puritanical in not sticking to only local fauna: there are tropical tanks as well as local ones. Some tanks seem crowded but most are healthy, the admission is a bit high, and nothing will draw... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Not as big as Monterrey Bay, but there is LOTS to see here. I think that the place/exhibits are very well laid out - lots of parking. If you have an hour (or more) to check out what's under the surface of the ocean, this is the place to visit.

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Augusta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wow, what an awesome Aquarium! My 2 year old grandson had a ball here! They have exhibits the kids can interact with and part of it is outside. Love going to the Birch Aquarium at Scripps!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Nice facility that seems more suited to educating children about the ocean than for adults. The children we saw there all seemed to enjoy themselves. If you have been to major aquariums (e.g. Baltimore) the Birch Aquarium may not impress you. Parking was free and there appeared to be a lot of turnover. The admission price of $15.50 for adults... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Everything you ever wanted to know about the ocean...and more...you can even schedule special classes for your kids here for the entire week you're in San Diego...or lucky enough live here! The staff on hand are knowledgable, helpful and always there to answer questions or steer you in the right direction for what you want to see! You may be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you live near by, consider a membership. Parking can be a pain, its a small lot, but the Aquarium is very much worth it. My kids LOVE it, and its a great, cost-effective, alternative to SeaWorld. We love the seahorses, and the tide pools outside. You should check it out!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went over the summer vacation and were expecting it to be very busy but it was great. lots to see, touch ad play with.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great place to take the kids to learn about the ocean and some of the creatures that live there. A beautiful view also included.

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La Jolla, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Birch Aquarium is small and very digestible - it's a great place to take your kids. You can enjoy the Aquarium in a few hours and you feel like you've seen it all. The exhibits are very well done, the facility is very clean and the staff is knowledgeable and friedly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We've visited Birch several times now, and our recent visit last week was just as wonderful as before. We love that it is big enough to have a great selection of sea animals, but also small enough to see in a few hours. They do a lot of research to help endangered animals (like seahorses). All of the staff is... More 

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