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Birch Aquarium at Scripps

#6 of 76 things to do in La Jolla Features Animals
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 yesterday

A must see if you have kiddos who are enamored by the sea. Beautiful visuals, and an amazing large tank full of fish, sharks, sea turtles and beautiful kelp. The view from their tide pool deck is amazing!

Thank Lesley R
Reviewed 4 days ago

This aquarium is small but there are lots of interesting fish to see, we especially loved the seahorse exhibit and the beautiful up close pictures of fish and other sea creatures. It was interactive and interesting, great way to spend a few hours, plus the...More

Thank swalk237
Reviewed 6 days ago

This aquarium is not very big but it is really enjoyable. There is a variety of sea life to enjoy. The layout is really nice as well. You can leisurely walk around. Outside there are touch tanks. The staff were very knowledgeable and really enjoyed...More

Thank Karen M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Small but very nice aquarium at the UCSD campus overlooking the ocean. Traffic in La Jolla is heavy, but worth the trip.

Thank MartyCJr
Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed a couple of hours here as there was lots to see - a variety of fish in the aquariums, touch tanks, displays on ocean research and renewable technology, and presentations

Thank Cathy H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Birch Aquarium. It is a very well laid out set of exhibits that can be of interest to both children and adults. The ocean views are most beautiful.

Thank Jill R R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Birch Aquarium was a fun stop for 2 adult sisters, their mother, and 3 children under 10. What was a lovely thing is that the students are spread throughout the aquarium and provide real insight to the exhibits and what we were seeing. They engaged...More

Thank rawkin58
Reviewed 1 week ago

Okay but I have seen better, I guess I was expecting too much! We have soon great aquariums in Arizona so I guess I was expecting great things!

Thank Patricia R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Birch Aquarium is open daily except for major holidays. People of all ages would have a great time and learn a fact or two. For example, male seahorses give birth! The dragon and leafy seahorses were so unique and interesting. Don't miss the leopard...More

Thank minnesotans4
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a wonderful place to take the whole family. The exhibits have some hands on places. Lots to learn & see. Always interesting..

Thank jillieca
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What is the office phone number?
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