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Birch Aquarium at Scripps

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Address: 2300 Expedition Way, Scripps Institute, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public exploration center for the...

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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Nice but small aquarium

Had a very nice visit at this aquarium. The view of the ocean from the outside tide pool area was spectacular. The visit to see everything took a little over an hour. Would take a... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Had a very nice visit at this aquarium. The view of the ocean from the outside tide pool area was spectacular. The visit to see everything took a little over an hour. Would take a little longer for those with younger kids who would want to play in interactive area.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Thank heavens we got here shortly after the aquarium opened at 9 because by 10 the place was overrun with groups of kids, pushing and shoving around the display windows. I understand that this is an important educational opportunity but most places set limits on how many school groups can be there at a time. If the aquarium does that... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You'll spend a couple of hours enjoying various tropical fish and sharks. The sea horses exhibit is really quite interesting. There are very tiny seahorses to those that have mutated to mask themselves in plain sight. There is also a cafe is you need something to eat.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I LOVE this aqarium. My first time going was in a big group back when I was studing marine biology. Its a decent size and they have recycles benches and stuff.

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Thank Brittany M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

One of my kids' favorite places to visit when we vacation in San Diego. Go when there us a shark feeding if possible, that's always fun for the kids!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

An incredible collection of sea horses and jelly fish and a wonderful view of the ocean from the terrace.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The aquarium has lots of things for people of all ages. Huge touch aquarium, large aquariums to watch all kinds of fish, special programs like shark feedings to watch. Best part is the lovely view of the ocean from the back of the aquarium by the touch aquarium. Reasonably priced with free parking.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We took our 23 month old daughter and she loved it. The view from the balcony on the backside of the aquarium is amazing. There is a nice kids area that she really enjoyed. Lots of California native marine life and the large glass aquarium in the back of the building is a highlight.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Birch Aquarium is a relaxing way to spend a couple of hours. Located on the bluffs of La Jolla the view off the back patio tidepools is priceless! You could sit with a book for hours enjoying that gaze. Inside consists of numerous tanks of colorful fish. Additionally, there are two very large room sized tanks that are breath-taking.... More 

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Escondido, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While the kelp tank show is a special event, the museum has a series of large and small tanks full of exotic fish. If you had to pick one group, the seahorse no bigger than a dime to the one that looks like a floating ballerina is a striking image.

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