Explore where the wonders of the ocean come alive! The Birch Aquarium is located at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD. Birch has so many great exhibits you won’t know where to start! How about walking through the Hall of Fishes, where every kind of fish you’ve ever imagined swims before your eyes? Or check out Elasmo Beach and meet La Jolla’s legendary leopard sharks and other species that make their home in local waters. Birch’s 13,000-gallon tank showcases sharks, rays, and other marine life that live close to shore. Explore Preuss Tide-Pool Plaza, featuring three, living tide-pool displays where visitors can touch and learn about tidepool animals with docents. If you want to “sea” life in a whole new way, visit the Birch Aquarium.
If you are planning a field trip or an activity this is a great place to visit for children or those who are fascinated... by nature. I've been here a couple of times, one was during a field trip for school and the other was with some friends. Admission is a bit expensive though, I think there are certain days where admission is free, but those days it will be very busy and a lot of people may block the exhibits. There are lots of exhibits to explore and it is a great learning opportunity as well.read more
Great Aquarium! Its cute, clean and the staff is friendly. The gift shop is adorable. It's not a huge aquarium with... large fish but it does have some very neat fish in it: sharks, rays, many species of tropical fish, several species of coral, sea dragons, puffer fish, seahorses...the touch tanks are a lot of fun as well! It's very educational and also a lot of fun. We went with a 7 and 4 yr old and they absolutely loved it. Didn't want to leave. The view from outside (touch tanks, etc.) is gorgeous too! I highly recommend! The proceeds from the aquarium fund a lot of research in our oceans and sea life, so your money is also going towards an awesome cause.read more
Was way smaller than I expected, the whole experience can be done in about an hour pretty easily. But it was a fun... hour and the kids all seemed to really enjoy the exhibits and the touch pool areas. The Halloween decorations were nice but really more of a gimmick than an actual experience. Overall a fun little trip, just don't go in with high expectations and you'll be fine.read more
Loved the decor for Halloween and how Birch outlined a path with 6ft distance markers, all related to sea creatures of... course. Super cute, Birch! They also limited the amount of guests in the aquarium for safety. Went with my partner, her nephews and parents. the boys were definitely intrigued by the sea life. My favorite sections are the jelly fish, sea horses and getting to pet the baby leopard shark and sting rays!read more
Among smaller aquariums this one is one of the best! Their aquariums are well cared for and offer a great opportunity... to see some cool animals and even some rare animals. I've been a fish keeper the majority of my life and anytime I visit a new city I always research and visit the public aquariums. The point being that I've seen many and this is a cut above the rest.read more
(For Covid-19 changes)You have to order your tickets online which give a specific time for your visit. You can come... about fifteen minutes before your time starts to check in and enjoy yourselves. With customer crossed control thanks to the tickets, it's pretty quiet. Mild sound from others talking if you're close to others, but it's not overwhelming, and it was (myself included) ten people in their largest aquarium room.The place is kept clean, and the fish were precious/ some knew what people wanted and I swear they would swim slowly or hover to get their photos taken. If you take photos or like to take your time, it's well worth the visit right now.read more
Beautiful aquariums! Free parking. Easy to find. Not crowded at all. Right now, you must pre purchase tickets... for a specific time, but still no big deal. Lots of small aquariums, and several large aquariums. 2 massive aquariums. A couple of small touching aquariums, including baby sharks. Overall, a great experience. Spent a couple hours here. Basically 20 dollars per person for adults. Gift shop and good sized snack/ grill shop.read more
My 9 year old grandson loved this place! Of all the places we visited in Hollywood and San Diego, this was his... favorite. Close up aquariums with lots of ocean fish! Educational to boot! Highly recommend.read more
Honestly this is a beautiful view. However this is more for young children, I recommend it for smaller children. It's a... quick aquarium with a lot of little cute creatures but not for 11 and up who have been to bigger aquariums. Get boring quickly.read more
This is a really nice small aquarium. We purchased the annual membership because it paid for itself with only a couple... visits. The kids always enjoy coming here. Parking is free, which is a big plus too.read more
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If you’re on your own you’ll see everything in 90 minutes. The exhibits are thoughtful and beautiful, however... everything is small. The best part was easily the sea horse exhibit. I had no idea they grew so big. Overall I’m glad I went and perhaps if I had small children I would feel differently. I had a good experience.read more
This place is lovely and great for young kids. They have many interactive stations that little ones can stay... entertained with. It is definitely not a big aquarium, but I think that adds to the charm of it all. Unlike Sea World, you don't have to pay an arm, a leg, and set aside 3 days to see it. My family and I toured the whole thing in about two and a half hours. The staff was very friendly and informative. They also have a wide range of animals, and the view from their tide pool area is a must see!read more
Very affordable and a fantastic experience. They even have a nice shore pool area outside where you can get a hands-on... experience with some of the aquatic life. Great for both kids and adults. One of the few aquariums in the US who have Leafy Seadragons on display!read more
After reading the review about this being 10 minutes to walk through I was a little hesitant. I definitely recommend... visiting this aquarium! They have a lot of sea life native to the area and then a lot of aquariums from other areas as well. They have an educational section for kids to learn about sea life as well as human impact on the environment. Beautiful aquariums and educational. It was neat to see the different animals eat, as we were fortunate enough to visit at feeding time.read more
Better for kids, not adults.I came here by myself and it took me about 30 minutes to get through the entire aquarium,... that includes reading all the exhibit information.The aquarium itself is very nice. There's outdoor tide pools, a cafe by the entrance, and it has a beautiful view of La Jolla.read more
A really great experience! You feel immersed in the ocean, see wonderful sea creatures and get to know about the sea... around California. Sitting in front of the big kelp wood aquarium enjoying the fish and the movement of the water alone was worth the visit, but there is so much more to be seen.read more
Birch Aquarium is well worth the visit. It's not huge which makes it great for kids I think. A beautiful location... with ocean views and interesting exhibits. The staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. These is also parking.read more
Very interesting place for all ages. A lot of interesting facts can be discovered about Ocean and the life in it. Other... than exhibits there are water playground where kids and adults can have fun. Outside there is a tide pools. It is open daily from 9am to 5pm. Tickets are expensive ☹️ from $15 to $20, depends on age.Parking is free and in walking distance from the entrance.read more
Most guests find that two to three hours is the right amount of time to visit Birch Aquarium at Scripps. You can also use our daily schedule to learn more about what is happening on the day of your visit.
QIs there a place to store my belongings?
Birch Aquarium at Scripps does not provide storage for personal belongings.
QCan I bring food and drinks into the aquarium?
Food and beverages are permitted inside Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic lunch or purchase coffee, snacks, or a delicious meal from Splash Cafe by The French Gourmet.