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Birch Aquarium At Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Birch Aquarium At Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Aquarium and Non-Profit
La Jolla Shores, La Jolla
  • Rob V.
    "educational dive show and the seadragons!"(4 Tips)
    Paris E.
    "Sea dragons and sea horses :-)"(3 Tips)
    Gabe R.
    "Be sure to check out the dive show in the kelp tank."(3 Tips)
    "Love the seahorse exhibit!"(3 Tips)
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  • Luke
    LukeOctober 25
    Cute lil aquarium with lots of activities for kids and SEA DRAGONS
  • Anna S.
    The aquarium is really smaĺl. Could be interesting only for kids under 4.
  • Nana
    NanaAugust 9
    Amazing view! Sea horse display was quite amazing!
  • lyza k.
    lyza kingJuly 21
    Well done! Great for whole family! Touch the tide pool critters and make your boats go down toot won river! Love the glowing jellies!!!
  • Christie P.
    Seahorse exhibit was great.
  • Scott S.
    A nice small aquarium with some fantastic sea life and views.
  • Rob V.
    Rob VernonMarch 4
    Don't miss the informative and educational dive show and the seadragons!
  • Diana S.
    Diana SepúlvedaNovember 2, 2016
    Juvenile upside down jellyfish, cuteness overload.
  • Paris E.
    Paris EllisSeptember 25, 2016
    Sea dragons and sea horses :-)
  • Nicole J.
    Nicole JopandaJuly 13, 2016
    It's beautiful
  • Richard R.
    Richard RevillaMay 27, 2016
    Small as far as aquariums go. Plenty of seahorses to see. Hour, hour and a half your done. $17 adult admission.
  • Missie D.
    So much fun and very interesting marine life collections. Kids zone is nice. Lots of room for kids to play and learn. Very well run and maintained.
  • Laura S.
    Laura SilverMay 21, 2016
    My son and I loved our trip, it was great. It seemed a little bit on the smaller side. But over all it was great! The feeding fish show was the best.
  • Liz V.
    Liz Van SavageMay 8, 2016
    We had an awesome time. Lots of kids but good for us "big" kids too haha. The kelp foresters very cool
  • Amanda P.
    Amanda PasquinelliApril 16, 2016
    everything! Tommy is the bomby.
  • Doug M.
    Doug MMarch 12, 2016
    Family membership is a good deal
  • Doug M.
    Doug MMarch 12, 2016
    Sharks fish tide pools wow!
  • Sal
    SalDecember 8, 2015
    I loved it! It is great! Try to be when they feed the fishes in the bigger water tank!
  • Sal
    SalDecember 8, 2015
    I loved it! It is great! Try to be when they feed the fished in the bigger water tank!
  • Gabe R.
    Gabe ROctober 29, 2015
    Be sure to check out the dive show in the kelp tank.
  • David S.
    David SeerySeptember 7, 2015
    Small aquarium that has many of the basic items that you would find in the local waters. Good views. Can see it all within 2 hours.
  • TheDL
    TheDLAugust 22, 2015
    Only been here for private events after hours. Would like to see it in full swing!
  • Nicolas M.
    Nicolas MartinezAugust 15, 2015
  • Erin S.
    Erin SanoJuly 17, 2015
  • Erick P.
    Erick PrestwoodApril 6, 2015
    Similar to long beach aquarium of the pacific. Better seahorses exhibit.
  • Jeffrey K.
    Jeffrey KuramotoApril 3, 2015
    Looks like fun
  • Chris a.
    Chris ahmadMarch 21, 2015
    Everything is good here
  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LucasMarch 9, 2015
  • Charleen W.
    My 6 year old loves it!! Beautiful views, seahorses, fun fish, stuff to play with and educational games & exhibits
  • Chris M.
    Chris MillerMarch 8, 2015
    Just keep swimming
  • Natasha L.
    Natasha LoomisFebruary 3, 2015
    I loveee this spot! Like a kid in a candy store .... Jelly fish, sharks, cool fish galore! Sooo cool. I spent hours there for an oceanography class.
  • KR
    KRFebruary 3, 2015
    The tide pool exhibit and view from the deck is well work the price of admission.
  • Phoenix 💥💥💥
    Phoenix 💥💥💥January 9, 2015
    Must see the shark exhibit!
  • Rubi R.
    Rubi ResendezJanuary 8, 2015
    Jelly fish ! And Dragon seahorse! So cute
  • Hunter V.
    Hunter VenableJanuary 4, 2015
    Babies first visit!
  • kelsey m.
    kelsey mossJanuary 3, 2015
    Fish are good
  • brian d.
    brian dillardDecember 30, 2014
    Whale statues and seahorses. So rad.
  • augie m.
    augie moralesDecember 21, 2014
    Sunday fun day!
  • Cindy D.
    Cindy DuncanDecember 14, 2014
  • Sharon T.
    Sharon Teicher BolarDecember 1, 2014
    Better for small kids than 10 to 14
  • PacifiCal
    PacifiCalNovember 29, 2014
    Beautiful scenery and grounds.
  • PacifiCal
    PacifiCalNovember 29, 2014
    Free parking!
  • Jerry S.
    Jerry SerranoNovember 22, 2014
  • Wendy B.
    Wendy Blecha RinderNovember 20, 2014
  • Lizeth E.
    Lizeth Estrada EncisoNovember 13, 2014
    Fishies 🐠🐟
  • dawn f.
    dawn fagotNovember 11, 2014
    Fantastic aquarium with exhibits of native species and habitats found in SoCal.
  • Chrissy R.
    Chrissy RileyNovember 1, 2014
    Time for the aquarium ;) heard it is a good one!
  • Peter B.
    Peter BraunzOctober 17, 2014
  • Renee G.
    Renee GarciaSeptember 26, 2014
    Celebrating my sons 10th Birthday!
  • Ashley H.
    Ashley HambySeptember 21, 2014
    Beautiful day!
  • MattnLisa B.
    MattnLisa BrewerSeptember 20, 2014
    Great museum for kids.
  • Julie B.
    Julie BaumannSeptember 16, 2014
    Can't wait to check it out today!
  • Martha P.
    Martha Padilla-ThomasSeptember 16, 2014
    Family day where's it's not so hot.
  • Tabitha C.
    Tabitha CristobalSeptember 14, 2014
    Good chili!
  • Brenda R.
    Brenda RAugust 31, 2014
    Ready to go with the kids!
  • Josh W.
    Josh WeberAugust 23, 2014
    Off to see some fish!
  • Lilit V.
    Lilit VoskanyanAugust 23, 2014
    That's awesome
  • Todd S.
    Todd SchwierAugust 10, 2014
  • Dirty B.
    Dirty BirdAugust 9, 2014
    Well done exhibits. Go during feeding times
  • Julio G.
    Julio GilMay 18, 2014
    Very nice place to take the kids an have fun
  • Jared V.
    Jared VolavkaApril 14, 2014
    Ask about the military discount.
  • Kelly
    KellyFebruary 16, 2014
    We love it here! Just became members, and we live two hours away!
  • Kari R.
    Kari RuffleyOctober 11, 2013
    A must see while in San Diego
  • Joann W.
    Joann WoolleySeptember 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask questions of the staff - they are super knowledgable!
  • Kathie Z.
    Kathie ZaccariaSeptember 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    We love the Birch Aquarium! The giant tank, Jellies, Seadragons and shark tank are favorites.
  • Seasons 52
    Seasons 52July 26, 2013
    The fish aren’t the only thing to see at this aquarium. It’s perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, perfect photo-op.
  • Marina
    MarinaJune 15, 2013
    Watch the video about the birth of the seahorses! Unbeliaveble!
  • Eddie V's Prime Seafood
    We love the Green Flash Concert series! Enjoy the sunset and live music then head inside and check out the beautiful aquarium exhibits!
  • Birch Aquarium At Scripps Institution of Oceanography
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  • Bree B.
    Bree BasgilMarch 15, 2013
    Good museum, but they bigger sharks!
  • @socalwithkids
    @socalwithkidsMarch 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Friendly reminder to PLEASE watch your speed in the parking lot.
  • @socalwithkids
    @socalwithkidsJanuary 23, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Be sure to visit the outdoor exhibits, including the tidepools, Boundless Energy exhibit, and the sharks. Visit on an afternoon & catch the sunset over La Jolla. Gorgeous view!
  • Gary S.
    Gary S.November 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Bank of America have "Museum on Us" every month that allow free admission to Birch. Check for more detail.
  • Moises A.
    Moises AguilarNovember 23, 2012
    Bring a good camera and plan spending a lot of time here. Lots to see! The jellyfish are my favorite.
  • Tracy C.
    Tracy CottonNovember 8, 2012
    The view from the Tide Pool exhibit was worth the admission and a cool little aquarium as well.
  • Byron O.
    Byron O'NealSeptember 5, 2012
    The jellies make for a nice camera phone grab shot while having to chase your kids around. Watch out for the glare from the lights behind you. Want to go back to take a longer look at the sea dragons.
  • Tanya
    TanyaAugust 25, 2012
    Heading there tomorrow. Love the seahorse exhibit!
  • Nancy L.
    Nancy LyJune 13, 2012
    Follow one of the guides, they are very informative and make your experience so much more informative and rewarding.
  • Nancy L.
    Nancy LyJune 13, 2012
    Students get a discount so bring your ID!! There's also a senior citizen discount.
  • Hunter
    HunterApril 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great for kids and adults. Clean facility, nice large exhibits, but lacks rotation of exhibits.
  • Lisa D.
    Lisa Dassler-GerardoApril 26, 2012
    don't miss the feeding @ Shark Reef
  • Latha S.
    Latha SApril 12, 2012
    Got $2 off each adult admission thanks to 4sq check-in special!
  • Amy B.
    Amy BrendmoenMarch 18, 2012
    Not a good place to go on a rainy March Sunday. Overcrowed.
  • Annullo
    AnnulloFebruary 27, 2012
    Birch has live feedings throughout the week. You can ask questions and watch as divers and aquarists during feeding time. Check out their website for specific dates and times!
  • Christine M.
    Christine MarsicanoFebruary 19, 2012
    February is half price get your coupon at Macy's first
  • Erin D.
    Erin D.January 14, 2012
    Don't miss the sea dragons.
  • Ioana V.
    Ioana VladescuJanuary 13, 2012
    Great day to visit the Aquarium!
  • Las Vegas M.
    Las Vegas MannequinsDecember 4, 2011
    The Birch Aquarium at Scripps in La Jolla is the largest oceanographic museum in the country.
  • Off the Easel Magazine
    Off the Easel MagazineSeptember 20, 2011
    Look for their Pier Moon Walks, where you can actually walk out onto Scripps Pier, usually closed to the public!
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncAugust 12, 2011
    Did you know? Scripps was founded in 1903 with a temporary facility in the Hotel del Coronado boathouse, and has maintained a public aquarium in La Jolla since 1905. Read more
  • Birch Aquarium A.
    Vote for us as Best Museum on San Diego's A-List! Read more
  • Carol H.
    Carol HusbandsJuly 15, 2011
    We had a really great time. If a lot of children running around bother you, you might not like the mornings during the summer. A lot of summer camps bring their kids here in the morning.
  • Taylor F.
    Taylor FordMay 8, 2011
    Very Intriguing :D
  • raina n.
    raina nascimentoMarch 4, 2011
    bring the kids outside to race the water boats!
  • @socalwithkids
    @socalwithkidsMarch 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    UCSD students, faculty, & staff receive free admission to Birch Aquarium at Scripps in March 2011. Be sure to bring your valid UCSD ID card.
  • Elviana T.
    Elviana ThioJanuary 27, 2011
    UCSD students get a 4 dollar discount. They have a mini tide pool where you can touch the sea anemones! :)
  • nelson g.
    nelson goncalvesDecember 30, 2010
    just arrived @ scripps aquarium
  • nelson g.
    nelson goncalvesDecember 30, 2010
    Going to scripps aquarium to see the fascination!
  • K
    KNovember 16, 2010
    Nice place.
  • TOM D.
    TOM DEMURINovember 14, 2010
    Were excited to go to birch!
  • James H.
    James HessNovember 12, 2010
    Check this place out
  • Candice S.
    Candice SombreroNovember 5, 2010
    Be sure to use the 4sq buy1get1free coupon! Otherwise school id gets a $3 discount too.
  • Gabriel
    GabrielOctober 23, 2010
    The seahorses are awesome.
  • La Jolla Blue Book
    La Jolla Blue BookOctober 22, 2010
    Visit during Halloween for their night time Haunted Birch Aquarium!
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  • Sorret T.
    Sorret ThorntonOctober 21, 2010
    Today's Kelp Tank Dive Show was grrreat!
  • Visit San Diego
    Visit San DiegoOctober 18, 2010
    Be sure to check out the award-winning exhibit presenting the science of global climate change.
  • Birch Aquarium A.
    Have you checked out our new HD Kelp Cam? Read more
  • Visit San Diego
    Visit San DiegoMay 19, 2010
    Enjoy concerts all summer long during the Green Flash Concert Series. Ocean views, great food and drinks while rocking out! Read more
  • Megan O.
    Megan OdomApril 20, 2010
    Go touch a sea anemone!
  • Jessica
    JessicaFebruary 19, 2010
    Try to visit when you can catch the dive show in the two-story kelp tank: Tues & Thurs at 12:30, Sat at 2 p.m. and Sun at 10:30
  • Olivia
    OliviaApril 16, 2016
    Check in discount!
  • Ricardo A.
    Ricardo AnayaDecember 30, 2014
    Muy padre acuario
  • Estefanía A.
    Estefanía AcevedoDecember 21, 2014
    Sunday fun day! 😁
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