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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%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“climate change” (59 reviews)
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2300 Expedition Way, Scripps Institute, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
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"sea horses"
in 130 reviews
"seahorse exhibit"
in 68 reviews
"climate change"
in 59 reviews
"global warming"
in 50 reviews
"interactive exhibits"
in 33 reviews
"shark tank"
in 29 reviews
"tidal pool"
in 27 reviews
"touch pool"
in 21 reviews
"hands on activities"
in 18 reviews
"large tank"
in 16 reviews
"on the small side"
in 15 reviews
"outdoor area"
in 22 reviews
"sea cucumbers"
in 18 reviews
"gift shop"
in 52 reviews
"all ages"
in 61 reviews
"marine life"
in 66 reviews
"couple of hours"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited the Aquarium on a trip to San Diego because our grandson is interested in marine animals. He absolutely loved the aquarium and learned a lot. We did too:). We also loved the ocean and coastline views. We did pick up a San Diego...More

Thank Linda B
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Macy's is currently offering a Museum pass good for up to 4 half-price admissions to 45 participating museums and cultural attractions, including Birch Aquarium through February 28th. Take advantage of the savings now to enjoy all the Aquarium has to offer, including a great view...More

Thank Junesphr
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Birch is a wonderful aquarium!! We spent a wonderful couple of hours here looking at all the fish tanks. LOTS OF FISH!! Plus seahorses, and sharks and jellies, too. (no mammals). Free parking.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My husband and I recently visited here as part of a package so it was quite inexpensive. It's a good thing, because we wouldn't have gotten our money's worth for full price. The aquarium has a number of indoor tanks with a huge variety of...More

Thank Lovtorun
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I came here with my friend and her 3 kids (under 4 years old). The exhibits themselves were beautiful to see and I was impressed with the little walk way they have for the kids which lifts them up a little so they can see...More

Thank Ingrid S
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This aquarium is small enough to enjoy in an hour or two and not feel like you missed a thing. There is a wide variety of species. The parts my kids like most are all of the interactive exhibits like the touch pools and the...More

Thank Angie R
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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211heather
3 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
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