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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 1 week ago via mobile

The 2 best spots in the entire aquarium are the 2 distinct views of the ocean from within and then above. There is a central seating area, with low lighting, and carpeted stairs to take in the view of the large tank, it’s a wall...More

Thank ASMR L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Set in a beautiful location with ocean views this is one of the best Aquariums we have seen. Decided to buy the year pass that included four gust passes. Took visiting family members there and we all enjoyed several hours at the aquarium. Plan more...More

Thank Kerry B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great for everyone, Young and old alike you'll see fish creatures and be able to hold and touch some of the sea crustations from the bottom of the sea.. several hands on exhibits, a sure delight for kids. A snack bar makes for a nice...More

Thank jhaley_13
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not a typical aquarium but more of a facility to highlight the research. Love the sea horse and pipefish exhibits. Amazing views of the Pacific as well. Kind of far out to get to but well worth it. Not huge so wont take a lot...More

Thank gborotraveler
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A good place to spend the afternoon. I wish there was more to make a days worth but there is enough for 2-3hours in my opinion but also depending the pace you go.

Thank 693gabrielaq
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went here not really knowing what to expect and ended up being pleasantly surprised. The volunteers are super friendly and very knowledgeable. We went to see the tide pool feeding and were kind of expecting more. The aquariums and tide pools were great. The...More

1  Thank Samuraiduck
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My brother kept saying I needed to see this place so when he spent a day with us I relented. He was right it was very interesting. We saw lots of species of fish and other sea life. The seahorses really we’re charismatic as advertised...More

Thank Nancy M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We love aquariums and have gone to them all over the world; however, this one was pretty small and lacked much in the way of of cool live fish exhibits. Lots of interactive exhibits for kids, but not worth the money for us adults. Could...More

Thank MrWestalke82
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived just before opening time and we almost had the aquarium to ourselves. As a result we were able to take a very nice tour in just over an hour. The staff was very cordial and helpful, the exhibits are really good. I am...More

Thank Rick R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really enjoyed this aquarium. It was a nice size so you could see everything in around an hour. The displays were beautiful. The highlights for me were all of the jellyfish, some of the fish names (sarcastic fringehead) and the seahorses where I learned...More

1  Thank Aquaskipper1
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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