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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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Events to check out

Event

Oceans at Night

Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Feb 23, 2023

Birch Aquarium is launching Oceans at Night, a first-of-its-kind event that invites a 21+ audience to experience an immersive blend of art, science and technology after hours. The new monthly series...

Event

Oceans at Night

Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Mar 23, 2023

Birch Aquarium is launching Oceans at Night, a first-of-its-kind event that invites a 21+ audience to experience an immersive blend of art, science and technology after hours. The new monthly series...

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 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 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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