We're visiting the Birch Aquarium while we're in La Jolla (first half of our trip) and are wondering if we should also visit the Sea Life Aquarium while staying in Carlsbad (last leg of our trip). Are they similar or is it worth visiting as well?
Also, I bought a couple of Groupons for the Lagoon to go paddle boarding (husband) and for use of an Aqua Cycle (our 6 year old son & I). We're wondering how busy it gets at the Lagoon. We'll be in Carlsbad January 18-21. Will late morning (11ish) be pushing it or should we be there earlier to beat the "crowds"? It's January so I was hoping to wait until a little later in the day, when it's a little bit warmer out.