Birch Aquarium

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  • Sharks, seahorses and eels, oh, my! Discover them all and more at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institute of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego.

    The aquarium is a magical place in beautiful La Jolla, where anyone can come and explore marine biology at its finest, and experience up-close and personal interaction with fascinating marine life, seldom seen by the general public.

    Whether you are on vacation to San Diego, or a local searching for new and exciting things in San Diego to do with the whole family, a day at the Birch Aquarium is a must-see. With a vast assortment of pacific marine life, hands-on interactive exhibits, and cutting-edge discoveries brought to life, you will be amazed at all there is to do and see at the Birch Aquarium.

    Let yourself become captivated by a two-story 70,000-gallon tank full of leopard sharks, eels, barracuda, giant sea bass, garibaldi, along with many other fish and invertebrates swimming around in a kelp forest, a crucial ocean ecosystem.

    Then, move along to the interactive exhibits and participate in hands-on displays, multimedia and learning modules provided by the incredible discoveries made by the Oceanography explorers of Scripps. The exhibits range from Boundless Energy, There’s Something about Seahorses, Feeling the Heat: The Climate Challenge, Whales: Voices in the Sea, to a shark reef, hall of fishes, coral displays, and even living tide pools.

    In addition to having an awesome, fun-filled day at the Birch Aquarium, the scientists at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography hope to provide each and every explorer that walks through their doors with an entrance to ocean-science education, oceanography research, and a desire to promote ocean and marine life conservation.

    The Birch Aquarium is accessible for wheelchairs, and even has wheelchairs available for visitor use if needed.

    By: Krista Kosmicki

  • Address: 2300 Expedition Way
    San Diego
    California
    92037
    United States
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