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Birch Aquarium at Scripps

#6 of 76 things to do in La Jolla Features Animals
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 4 days ago

This aquarium is not very big but it is really enjoyable. There is a variety of sea life to enjoy. The layout is really nice as well. You can leisurely walk around. Outside there are touch tanks. The staff were very knowledgeable and really enjoyed...More

Thank Karen M
Reviewed 5 days ago

Small but very nice aquarium at the UCSD campus overlooking the ocean. Traffic in La Jolla is heavy, but worth the trip.

Thank MartyCJr
Reviewed 5 days ago

Enjoyed a couple of hours here as there was lots to see - a variety of fish in the aquariums, touch tanks, displays on ocean research and renewable technology, and presentations

Thank Cathy H
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Birch Aquarium. It is a very well laid out set of exhibits that can be of interest to both children and adults. The ocean views are most beautiful.

Thank Jill R R
Reviewed 5 days ago

Birch Aquarium was a fun stop for 2 adult sisters, their mother, and 3 children under 10. What was a lovely thing is that the students are spread throughout the aquarium and provide real insight to the exhibits and what we were seeing. They engaged...More

Thank rawkin58
Reviewed 5 days ago

Okay but I have seen better, I guess I was expecting too much! We have soon great aquariums in Arizona so I guess I was expecting great things!

Thank Patricia R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Birch Aquarium is open daily except for major holidays. People of all ages would have a great time and learn a fact or two. For example, male seahorses give birth! The dragon and leafy seahorses were so unique and interesting. Don't miss the leopard...More

Thank minnesotans4
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a wonderful place to take the whole family. The exhibits have some hands on places. Lots to learn & see. Always interesting..

Thank jillieca
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's fascinating to learn about all the different types of fish and marine life. I would take my grandsons often and they never got bored. They can touch a starfish or a crab its a lot of fun.

Thank Carole E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family recently enjoyed a visit to the lively Birch Aquarium and we all had a fabulous time. The exhibits are great and the staff is friendly and helpful. The displays are very well designed. You can learn about the oceans and sea life or...More

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What is the office phone number?
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