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Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Ranked #6 of 76 things to do in La Jolla
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed October 14, 2012

We wish we had gone earlier so we could have stayed longer. We ended up being there when they locked the doors. The Jelly Fish display is awesome. We were a little disappointed in the tide pool display but it may have been the time of day. The views from the tide pool were wonderful.

Thank rcyoung10
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

Was a little disappointed in this aquarium, it was nothing compared to the Denver aquarium but it was still enjoyable.. The tide pools in the back were cool.. being able to touch what was inside was very neat and educational for the kids. My favorite part I think was the view from the back overlooking the ocean.. phenomenal view!!

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Reviewed October 13, 2012

check out the different fish & characters that live in the ocean, great pictures with the right settings on your camera. not crazy about the evolution indoctrination but that's the way science is.

Thank DENNIS H
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

If you want a large aquarium with dolphins and other larger creatures, this will disappoint. On the other hand, if you want to see a great collection of sea horses, jellyfish and other smaller aquatic creatures, this is a nice stop. This place is small but well-maintained and they have a hands-on section where kids can see and touch things in the water. The aquariums are very beautiful. Just be prepared for a much smaller place if you are comparing it to other, more larger aquariums. Since this is a research center that promotes ocean conservation, we felt good about visiting here, as our money goes to a good cause.

Thank pitufo00
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

As a couple, we recently enjoyed a leisurely afternoon at this lovely Aquarium and found it to be "just right." How nice to have no crowds, to have the time and room to linger at each tank and enjoy watching not only the sea creatures, but the people. Fun for little ones and small enough for parents to keep track of tots handily. A particularly nice gift shop and terrific vistas of the La Jolla coast area. We also had the pleasure of overhearing an aqarium employee giving a private docent tour to some visitors. A very nice diversion, indeed.

Don't miss the remarkable Sea Dragons, the Wolf Eels and the Octopus!

Thank Anya K
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