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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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  • Average12%
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“sea horses” (126 reviews)
“climate change” (59 reviews)
“global warming” (50 reviews)
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2300 Expedition Way, Scripps Institute, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
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+1 858-534-3474
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Aquarium is located in La Jolla, so it's just a short drive down from the La jolla Shores or the I-5. They have quite a few sea animals to see and they are located on the hill with a great view of the ocean. They...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Was in the area with some family and wanted something that my niece and nephew could do and enjoy. It had nice interactive areas with games, videos and even a place where you could touch starfish. They had nice tanks with details about all the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Scripps Museum in La Jolla , CA. Is one of the best in the U.S. As one drives down to the museum one is met by one of the most beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean . The aquarium itself has wonderful exhibits ....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a great break from the pool/ beach repeat vacation! It is easy to get in and out, no big production required, and burns a few hours out of the sun and sea! My kids really enjoyed learning about what they had seen in...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We discovered Birch Aquarium by accident, and we are glad we stopped. We enjoyed the exhibits and the location is lovely; perched above the Pacific. We spent about 2 hours exploring the displays. It was just my husband and me, but if we had young...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very enjoyable experience exploring the various varieties of fish. Nicely displayed. Great for kids.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The attraction is well maintained, but recommend you go early or later in the afternoon to avoid crowds and get a parking spot. If no children, exhibit will take about 1.5 to 2 hours to view. If children, plan to spend longer to take advantage...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited on the day we arrived in San Diego, since we had a few hours to spend before we could check into our hotel. They had a special comic-themed exhibit which my kids liked. I was amazed by the number and variety of seahorses,...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Small and well done. All ages enjoy the self guided tour. Located close to La Jolla and the university. Reasonable price and informative. Note, it is a school field trip destination so sometimes there are a lot of "little ones".

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stephen Birch Aquarium is a great attraction for the whole family. Fantastic in its layout it is entertaining as well as educational. The different tanks are presented as the way things are in the profiled fish natural habitat. The kelp forest tank at the halfway...More

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Dana S
October 17, 2017|
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Response from Ruben2445 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure, believe 10 to 5 but to be sure give them call
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211heather
October 3, 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
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