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“Good Little Aquarium”

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 April 10, 2013

It's small but well done. We got to see the tidal pool feeding- my daughter enjoyed that. Only takes an hour or two to see everything

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

I am comparing this to Monterrey Bay Aquarium, which is simply unfair because that is huge and first-rate. Still, this really has some nice exhibits and the views are amazing. Plus, you can see it all in a couple of hours, which is easier if you take kids with you.

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Reviewed April 7, 2013

We went to the aquarium on a whim and ended up spending half the day there. You could watch the sea horses and the jelly fish for hours, they are that entertaining and mesmerizing. The admission price is reasonable. My son and partner enjoyed it more than the zoo (although to be fair they like fish better than animals). My granddaughter especially liked the touch pool. It was educational and enjoyable.

Thank Jobar100
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

We were a family group with two children and enjoyed visiting the place. Apart from viewing the various types of marine-life in aquariums, there are touch-pools - where one can actually touch & feel the marine creatures. There are volunteer-guides who are available for answering any queries one may have. This place is a treasure-trove of marine-life and provides a wealth of knowledge to visitors. There is also a play area for kids. There is an entry fee, but you can get discount coupons at the hotel.

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Reviewed April 2, 2013

Lots of great stuff to see, while kid oriented & kid friendly, grownups too have a great time.

Very reasonable entrance fee. Plan for about two hours or so inside.

The amount & variety of seahorses was simply amazing.

I plan on going back, but planning ahead to do a "behind the scenes" tour, to learn more about how they manage the salt water systems and keep their critters healthy.

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