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Birch Aquarium at Scripps

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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...more
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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

Enjoyed the visit. Wonderfully helpful docents and informative exhibits. GREAT section fo kids and wonderful views of the ocean.

Thank An H
Reviewed 5 days ago

Look and touch at this aquarium !! You can see the fish in the displays and gently touch the creatures in the outdoor Tide Pool exhibits. Sea horses are terrific. Catch the Kelp Tank Dive Shows where divers feed the kelp tank creatures. See the...More

Thank Carly1Esq
Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed this place. It was very informative and had a few interactive things. had been more than once and would go again.

Thank DerondaC
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I’ve seen much bigger, better aquariums for the price. If you are an aquarium devotee, don’t bother.

Thank Houston_TXSusan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The setting of this aquarium in the hills overlooking the Pacific is spectacular, but the facility itself is disappointing. It is a relatively small building with mostly small and dark tanks. With the exception of a few tropical tanks, everything felt like it had insufficient...More

1  Thank OnAir587144
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While not as big as the Monterey aquarium, this is a jewel. Really gives you a lot of insight into the Pacific Coast from Alaska to Central America. It is also a great place for younger children who can get overwhelmed by the larger aquariums.

Thank Donna B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Some cool sea creatures! Not a huge aquarium, but some of the sea life there I've never seen before.

Thank fabulousjmq
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit here. Great displays and fascinating sea animals. Bring the whole family, they will love it. Lots to see and do.

Thank Dave E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although my kid wanted to go to Sea World, we couldn't in good conscience take him there. But, we were in San Diego, so we wanted to do ocean-themed activities. The Birch Aquarium was lovely. It is large and clean with interesting exhibits. They have...More

Thank GJAlberta
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Best seahorse collection I have seen, nice display of underwater habitats of Pacific, awesome view of La Jolla coastline, great areas for kids.

Thank Wayne N
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Dana S
17 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