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Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Come Curious, Leave Inspired

Dive into the world of sharks, seahorses, and coral reefs at Birch Aquarium in La Jolla. As the public outreach center for Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, Birch Aquarium features amazing creatures including a rescued Loggerhead Sea Turtle, a Giant Pacific Octopus, Weedy Seadragons and Moon Jellies. Get hands on with  local creatures while enjoying stunning ocean views. Don't miss the world’s smallest penguins — Little Blue Penguins — in a brand new exhibit. Advanced reservations are required.Visit aquarium.ucsd.edu for more information. 

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 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily year-round with extended summer hours in July and August from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving
Christmas and New Year's Day.

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Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Valid: Jun 7 - ongoing

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...

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Penguin Feeding and Penguin 101 at Birch Aquarium

Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Aug 19 - ongoing

Join us daily at 10 a.m. for a feeding with our Beyster Family Little Blue Penguins! Watch our penguins waddle, swim and eat and find out how our husbandry team cares for them during our feeding...

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Behind-The-Scenes: Seahorse Tours

Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Aug 19 - ongoing

Venture behind the scenes at Birch Aquarium for a one-hour private tour exploring the fascinating world of seahorses. Get a glimpse of seahorse babies, learn about Birch Aquarium's renowned breeding...

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Behind-The-Scenes: Penguin Tours

Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Aug 19 - ongoing

Get up close to Birch Aquarium’s newest residents! Explore the ins and outs of Beyster Family Little Blue Penguins in this guided tour where you’ll venture behind the scenes in the Penguin...

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Sunset Scripps Pier Walk Tours

Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Sep 20 - Nov 5, 2022

Join Birch Aquarium naturalists on an exclusive walking tour of Scripps Pier — which is normally closed to the public — and learn about research conducted at Scripps Oceanography through...

What To Know:

  • Advanced reservations are now required for all guests, even members
  • Discounted admission for Military, Seniors, College Students, and groups of 10+
  • Annual membership offers great benefits starting at $74
  • Splash Cafe by the French Gourmet is a great spot for lunch or gourmet snacks
  • The Gift Shop features unique ocean-themed and gifts, toys, books, and more

Don't Miss:

  • Hands-on animal touch experiences including sharks, rays, sea stars and more
  • The two-story Giant Kelp Forest featuring Leopard Sharks and Moray Eels
  • The only opportunity in the western U.S. to see Little Blue Penguins
  • Behind-the-Scenes Penguin and Seahorse Tours available as add-ons
  • Daily feedings and talks

More Information

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

What To Know:

  • Advanced reservations are now required for all guests, even members
  • Discounted admission for Military, Seniors, College Students, and groups of 10+
  • Annual membership offers great benefits starting at $74
  • Splash Cafe by the French Gourmet is a great spot for lunch or gourmet snacks
  • The Gift Shop features unique ocean-themed and gifts, toys, books, and more
  • Three hours complimentary parking

Don't Miss:

  • Hands-on animal touch experiences including sharks, rays, sea stars and more
  • The two-story Giant Kelp Forest featuring Leopard Sharks and Moray Eels
  • The only opportunity in the western U.S. to see Little Blue Penguins
  • Behind-the-Scenes Penguin and Seahorse Tours available as add-ons
  • Daily feedings and talks
  • Panoramic ocean views and one of the best sunsets in town

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
  • Private Room Capacity: 1,000
  • Waterfront

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