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Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Come Curious, Leave Inspired

Looking for fun with a side of science? La Jolla's Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the place for you. As the public outreach center for the renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Birch Aquarium brings guests into the exciting world of cutting-edge research. Explore interactive exhibits and come face to face with exciting creatures including a rescued Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Leopard Sharks, and Seahorses. Don't miss the Dive Show in the two-story Giant Kelp Forest or the outdoor touch pools that feature stunning ocean views.

Neighborhood: La Jolla

2300 Expedition Way
La Jolla, CA 92093-0207

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Contact Info

(858) 534-FISH
aquariuminfo@ucsd.edu

Hours

Daily: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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Looking for fun with a side of science? La Jolla’s Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the place for you. As the public outreach center for the renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Birch...

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Looking for fun with a side of science? La Jolla’s Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the place for you. As the public outreach center for the renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Birch...

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Seas 'n' Greetings at Birch Aquarium

Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Dec 1 - Dec 31, 2019

The magic of the holidays meets the magic of the underwater world at Birch Aquarium during Seas ‘n’ Greetings, a month-long holiday celebration featuring SEAsonal activities for the whole...

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Seas 'n' Greetings Holiday Celebration

Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Dec 1 - Dec 31, 2019

Deck the Hall (of Fishes) and get into the holiday spirit at Birch Aquarium. Enjoy holiday decorations throughout the aquarium, and don’t miss Scuba Santa during special dive shows. Holiday...

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Whale Watching with Birch Aquarium

Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Dec 14, 2019 - ongoing

Embark on an unforgettable whale-watching journey with the ocean experts at Birch Aquarium at Scripps! Witness the longest mammal migration in the world, when approximately 20,000 gray whales pass San...

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Toddler Time: Little Aquarium Artists

Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Dec 18, 2019

Included with aquarium admission. This is an outdoor event that is subject to weather and may be canceled due to rain. Please check for updates on our website or Facebook page if rain is in the...

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Tidepooling Adventures with Birch Aquarium!

Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Jan 11, 2020

Visit a local tide pool to learn how these amazing habitats and their inhabitants truly survive between a rock and a hard place. Sign up for a Tidepooling Adventure where our trained naturalists...

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Birch Aquarium’s Turtleversary!

Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Jan 11 - Jan 12, 2020

Shell-ebrate Our Loggerhead Seaturtle's Fifth Anniversary at Birch Aquarium! Her story of survival and perseverance has inspired thousands of guests and millions of people around the world! We are...

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Birch Aquarium’s Perspectives Lecture: Shark Geek

Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Jan 13, 2020

Dovi Kacev, Scripps Oceanography Professor Shark Geek: A window into shark movement in Southern California Sharks have long fascinated the public. While popular media has often promoted images of...

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Cephalopod Celebration at Birch Aquarium!

Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Feb 8 - Feb 16, 2020

Join us as we celebrate the wonderful world of cephalopods. Squid, octopus, cuttlefish, and their cousins have been around since before the dinosaurs and have shaped the oceans we know and love today....

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Birch Aquarium’s Perspective Lecture:Squid Pro Quo

Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Feb 10, 2020

Jules Jaffe, Scripps Oceanographer Exploring the undersea world has always presented challenges in terms of cost and accessibility. However, recent advances in ocean observing technology are...

What To Know:

  • 3-hour Complimentary Parking
  • Discounted admission for Military, Seniors, and Students, and groups of 10+
  • Annual membership offers great benefits starting at $55
  • Gift Shop features unique ocean-themed gifts, books, and more
  • Year-round outdoor adventures (Grunion Runs, Tidepooling, Shark Snorkels)

Don't Miss:

  • Newest exhibit: Oddities: Hidden Heroes of the Scripps Collections
  • Panoramic ocean views and one of the best sunsets in town
  • Daily Feedings and hands-on activities
  • Seadragons, Leopard Sharks, Eels, and a rescued Loggerhead Sea Turtle
  • Two-story, 70,000 gallon kelp forest exhibit

More Information

  • Destination Weddings
  • Weddings
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ocean View
  • Outdoor

What To Know:

  • 3-hour Complimentary Parking
  • Discounted admission for Military, Seniors, and Students, and groups of 10+
  • Annual membership offers great benefits starting at $55
  • Gift Shop features unique ocean-themed gifts, books, and more
  • Year-round outdoor adventures (Grunion Runs, Tidepooling, Shark Snorkels)

Don't Miss:

  • Newest exhibit: Oddities: Hidden Heroes of the Scripps Collections
  • Panoramic ocean views and one of the best sunsets in town
  • Daily Feedings and hands-on activities
  • Seadragons, Leopard Sharks, Eels, and a rescued Loggerhead Sea Turtle
  • Two-story, 70,000 gallon kelp forest exhibit

More Information

  • Destination Weddings
  • Weddings
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ocean View
  • Outdoor
  • Kid Friendly
  • Tours
  • General Admission - Adult
  • General Admission - Child
  • General Admission - Senior
  • Kid Camps
  • Waterfront

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