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Birch Aquarium at Scripps

  • 2300 Expedition Way Map It
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Updated 05/16/2014

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Affiliated with the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography, this excellent aquarium sits at the end of a signposted drive leading off North Torrey Pines Road and has sweeping views of the La Jolla coast below. More than 60 tanks are filled with colorful saltwater fish, and a 70,000-gallon tank simulates a La Jolla kelp forest. A special exhibit on sea horses features several examples of the species, plus mesmerizing sea dragons and a sea horse nursery. Besides

the fish themselves, attractions include a gallery based on the institution's ocean-related research, and interactive educational exhibits on a variety of environmental issues.

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2300 Expedition Way, San Diego, California, 92037, United States

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  • $14
  • Daily 9–5; last entry at 4:30

Updated 05/16/2014


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Jul 8, 2012

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Review

Very nice aquarium, especially the kelp forest floor to ceiling views. Great views of the ocean from the tide pool area. The seahorse exhibits are a must see also.

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Aug 15, 2006


A really great aquarium with a cool exhibit from the floor to the ceiling. Smaller than some but a lot of good information with hands-on things as well.

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Aug 1, 2004

Kinda Far

If you are staying in downtown the aquarium is kind of a long drive and you can't stay any more than three hours. Smallish but nice. The day I went there where school groups so it was noisy, but if yaou are careful to vist in the summer or on weekends, it is qiuet and pleasnt. Very nice if yoou have driven up to La Jolla anyway, but otherwise I don't think it's worth the while.

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