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Birch Aquarium at Scripps, San Diego, California

2300 Expedition Way, San Diego, California

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Submitted by: Erica P.

Grab your red cap and a speedo! It's time to have a Team Zissou celebration to commemorate my 100th Yelp Review!   Just over 10 years ago, Chun P. and I became amateur oceanographers.  We studied up, set up a 50 gallon tank in our living room and under the tutelage of Ron at Octopuss Garden set up an awesome salt-water fish tank with three inhabitants: Puff the Porcupine Pufferfish, Zeus the Longhorn Cowfish and Pouffy, a Spotted Boxfish.  (Now, before we had these stellar inhabitants we circulated through a few blue damsels and returned them back to the store, but that's all part of establishing your tank.)   Zeus and Pouffy lived till nearly 8 and 9 respectively, and Puff is still going strong.  But we are...

Submitted by: Julia S.

A very good, fun aquarium that is great for families. Birch is a much smaller aquarium and in no means measures up to Monterey Bay but still...

Submitted by: Brittany R.

Such a nice place to visit! My husband and I went here on a recent trip to San Diego and spent a few hours looking at the various exhibits and watching the kelp forest dance back and forth on a foggy midweek day last week. I was enthralled with the wolf eels and sea horses and was mesmerized by the kelp forest with great seating for those in  the same mindset. While I could have done without the global warming exhibits, it is to be expected and  if we weren't interested we moved on. The video news cast was hilarious and if we had children I could see how this  place would be a lot of fun. Catching the tidepool feeding was fun and the staff was informative and nice, giftshop with allowed me to buy a "I'm crab...

Submitted by: Jacqueline T.

In terms of an aquarium.. I've definitely seen a lot better. If you're planning on seeing sealife in SanDiego : best to go to SeaWorld. But if you're travelling around with your GoCard like me. Be sure to drop by for the view of the Ocean from a top!! The view is breath taking worth a 10 minute stop. It is also very child friendly.. and more hands ...

Submitted by: Michelle T.

Even though this place is small for an aquarium, I still enjoy coming here, even if it's to see the same exhibits again and again.  They've got a great variety of coastal California fish, and if you bother to read the signs and watch the videos you can even learn a lot.  This place has a heavy emphasis on marine preservation if that's your kind of thing. I think my two favorite exhibits are the seahorses and the kelp forest.  With the seahorses you can see everything, from how they camouflage their colors to how they are born (you can even see tiny baby seahorses!)  I think the seahorses are just so vibrantly beautiful and colorful- my favorite is probably the leafy sea dragon.  The kelp forest is one huge w...

Submitted by: Rod S.

i thought it was really a good show.  Definitely the smaller animals on exhibit, but extremely representative of the waters right outside the door.  I am an aquarium buff and I was very pleased.   Warning:  KIDS are everywhere.  Check to see if there is a day where they don't take over the place.   During feeding time, they go from tank to tank dropping in food so you can watch all of the different units eat.  Definitely check the days and times and ask someone where to be starting at the start.   Again, not huge, definitely worth the price if you recognize you are contributing to the animals.  Easy to get there, lots of parking.  There was a little snack bar and gift shop.   They have some significant displ...

Submitted by: duke c.

Came here since we had nothing to do.  I used to do deliveries for catering to Birch all the time so I never had to pay but this time I came back as a visitor. If you are a student or still have your student ID, then definitely bring it!  $10 for students and $9 for UCSD students.   The aquarium is essetinally 2 small wings with an outdoor area and a "shark tank."  The exhibit is pretty cool and highlights species from SoCal as well as Mexico.  UCSD is big on ocean preservation and studies and as an extension of UCSD, they definitely push that.  There's a lot of cool info available as well as friendly helpers all eager to teach you about the eco system of the ocean. There's a huge Kelp tank that has live sho...

Submitted by: Summer B.

Remember when you were a kid and you were asked if you could be an animal what animal would you want to be... and you probably said a bird or a dinosaur or a dog. Well I want to be a jellyfish or a leafy sea dragon. No, a jellyfish. Besides seeing a bunch of cool fish in pretty...

Submitted by: Tiffany W.

It has some sea life. Not the biggest place, but it's nice enough. We received a family membership as a gift. Our son was a little disappointed at the lack of large exhibits. They do have some interesti...

Submitted by: Jen S.

This aquarium offers a great representation of the sea life found in San Diego waters, and its dedication to educating people on our local marine life is impressive. I read some of the reviews by people complaining that it was too small. These guys must have "small packages" and therefore feel compelled to drive large boxy vehicles and complain about other things they face in life that are "too small". News flash: if you think Birch Aquarium is too small then go to the Shed Aquarium in Chicago, or that massive one in Atlanta. This is San Diego, and the Birch Aquarium's focus is on its LOCAL marine life, and not the brightly colored tropical fish found in Fijian coral reefs. The aquarium is located on a hill ...

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