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Birch Aquarium at Scripps
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$89.86*
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Ranked #14 of 78 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 26, 2013

this place is just the right size with just the right amout exhibits at just the right price! They do have some discounts including AARP so chec out thier web page and go enjoy this place

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Reviewed April 24, 2013

This is a nice aquarium that has a lot of hands on exhibits that are good for kids. Having visited the Monterrey Bay Aquarium on my last trip to California, I was expecting a bit more from Scripps. The Birch Aquarium is much smaller than the Monterrey Bay Aquarium but the admission is also less than half. I think you'd get bored spending all day here, but it's definitely worth an hour or two. If you search around you should be able to find a coupon for a few dollars off per person which makes the Birch Aquarium an great value.

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Reviewed April 21, 2013

Very nice aquarium showing fish of the area. Enjoyed it all especially the diver feeding the fish in the kelp tank and the views outside by the touch tank. Amazing seeing surfers in April! So many down on the beach.

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Reviewed April 19, 2013

There is a lot to see here and it has an incredible view. I recently visited here with a friend, and just loved the seahorse exhibit. There are also sea dragons on display, which are really beautiful. If you enjoy aquariums you should not miss this one.

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Reviewed April 18, 2013

I have a new favorite animal and it is the weedy sea dragon. So cool!!!! Just google or wiki them to see what I mean. I also enjoyed the other parts of this acquarium. Birch is smaller than other acquariums like Baltimore or Camden, but I felt the marine life was just as interesting (if not more so with the sea dragons). The facility seems to be really well maintained, and there are things to see and do outside as well as in. Plus, you can't beat the panoramic ocean view once you step outside. I would totally go here again :)

Thank Bijoucache
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