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Birch Aquarium at Scripps

2300 Expedition Way
La Jolla, CA 92093-0207

(858) 534-FISH
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Region: La Jolla Hours of Operation: Daily: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Explore the wonders of the ocean at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Perched on a picturesque bluff in La Jolla, the aquarium features 60+ tanks of colorful marine life, including dazzling coral reefs, thrilling sharks, undulating jellyfish and three outdoor, living tide pools. An interactive museum showcases research discoveries on climate, earth and ocean science.

Current Exhibits

  • Hall of Fishes
  • ElasmoBeach
  • Boundless Energy outdoor playground
  • There's Something About Seahorses
  • Feeling the Heat: the Climate Challenge
  • Living touch tide pools
  • 70,000-gallon live kelp forest tank 

Make a Difference

Birch Aquarium is the public exploration center for world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Your visit helps support our efforts to keep the ocean thriving through conservation and the education of visitors and children.

What To Know:

  • Parking is free for three hours
  • We offer outdoor excursions year-round (whale watching, grunion runs, etc.)
  • Special admission pricing for Military, Seniors, and Students
  • Membership offers great benefits starting at $55
  • Gift shop features unique ocean-themed gifts, books, and more

Don't Miss:

  • Stunning variety of marine life in the Hall of Fishes
  • There's Something About Seahorses exhibit & ElasmoBeach shark experience
  • The incredible ocean view off the Tide-Pool Plaza
  • Daily feeding presentations
  • Two-story, 70,000 gallon kelp forest exhibit

More Information

  • Destination Weddings
  • Weddings
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ocean View
  • Outdoor
  • Tours
  • General Admission Adult
  • General Admission Child
  • General Admission Senior
  • Kid Camps
  • Private Room Capacity: 1200