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Birch Aquarium at Scripps

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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 3 days ago via mobile

Visited the Birch Aquarium with my two cousins (9yo and 7yo) and had a great time. A good variety of fish and marine life to see. Beautiful view of the ocean from outside and some great interactive pools and activities for the kids. Would definitely...More

Thank Lozzamuzza
Reviewed 4 days ago

We were there for only an hour. I would recommend to the staff that after a certain time, ticket prices be reduced. But the collection is outstanding and well maintained. Very educational. Good for kids, good for all.

Thank Stu B
Reviewed 5 days ago

Driving around La Jolla we decided to make a quick stop to the Aquarium. It's quite nice, not over crowded nor over priced. Spent about an hour in a half looking around.

Thank Kimberlyg120
Reviewed 6 days ago

Love this place; always so much to learn and see. Can't beat the location and the value. I would not miss this on your visit.;

Thank Maureen S
Reviewed 6 days ago

We love to visit aquariums in whatever city we stay. This was a a relatively small aquarium with about half the number of exhibits we usually find in major city aquariums. Unfortunately, we visited in October, when children can visit for free. The place was...More

Thank Teresa S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great Aq. It’s not huge, very interesting and lots of variety. Known especially for it’s Octopus who just had babies. They all sorts of live tanks and a great outside tide pools for the geeky touchy and a kids play area with boats and energy...More

Thank Patrick K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We liked the huge turtle best. Lots of hands on educational displays for kids. We spent about 1 1/2 hours there.

Thank grandmakarenjo
Reviewed 1 week ago

There's plenty of free parking and if you give yourself two hours you'll have plenty of time to see all the exhibits. One side has several aquariums that display the animals and plants in the Pacific Ocean. My favorite animals were the seahorses and the...More

Thank denisedW173SC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a meeting recently here, why my company chose to have a meeting here is beyond me but still nonetheless there we were. I must say it really is beautiful in there.

Thank Latnldy1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not trying to be all things to all men - but succeeding BRILLIANTLY at what it does try and do. You can pass a thoroughly engrossing and enjoyable hour or two here among hundreds of marine species from our exotic oceans. Loadsa background information &...More

Thank Peter M
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Dana S
18 October 2017|
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Response from Ruben2445 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure, believe 10 to 5 but to be sure give them call
4 October 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