Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla

4.2
A public outreach center for the world renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography remains more than a place to see beautiful fish and spectacular ocean views. The venue brings guests into the exciting world of cutting-edge research and world-class scientific discovery through interactive exhibits and more than 60 habitats from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest, to local kelp forests, and tropical coral reefs. Surround yourself with spectacular seahorses and come nose to nose with a rescued loggerhead sea turtle. Don’t miss the outdoor touch pools and enjoy some of the best ocean views in Southern California. To visit Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and other attractions in San Diego, use our San Diego trip planner .
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  • My first trip to the aquarium with my grand-kids was nice and educational for all of us. The kids especially enjoyed the Sea dragons and the interactive kids areas.  more »
  • Nice little aquarium with a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean. Adequate free parking. There was a good sea horse exhibit going on now that is worth it to see. Don't miss the jelly fish too.  more »
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  • Beautiful location and great aquarium! I love how the place is organized by the region in which you would find these animals/aquatic plants! My favorite spot was the giant kelp forest tank! However, I feel like some of the tanks are too small for the animals. There was one tank with a big octopus in it and the octopus itself looked like it took up a quarter of the tank which made me a bit sad to look at. Overall, great place especially for kids!
  • What a beautiful location. Great aquarium, tons of fish and marine animals to look at. The setting is gorgeous. The views off the tide pool deck are amazing. The family membership is an excellent deal! My daughter loves ocean life and this has been a great place to bring her time and time again.
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