Birch Aquarium

Admission included

From its unforgettable view of the Pacific Ocean to its memorable marine life exhibits, Birch Aquarium at Scripps is a must-see for every San Diego landlubber. Learn about living coral reefs, watch baby seahorses play, listen to whale songs, and even pet sea stars.

Home to more than 5,000 fish in over 60 habitats, the Birch Aquarium at Scripps features hands-on interactive activities, including shark and turtle feedings, touch pools, dive shows, and more. You’ll learn all about ocean science, right from the source—the Birch Aquarium interprets the research and discoveries of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, a world-leader in marine science.

Discover a stunning variety of marine habitats at Birch Aquarium. Dive into exhibits that showcase the mysteries of ocean, air, and life through interactive displays and multimedia.

Birch Aquarium promotes conservation and sustainable living through public education with the belief that an increased understanding of the ocean, its inhabitants, and how they’re both affected by human impact, people will respect and discover a desire to protect the marine environment and promote awareness.


Daily, 9:00 am-5:00 pm


Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.

Getting In

Present your pass at the admissions counter.


2300 Expedition Way
La Jolla, CA 92037
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Driving Directions

I-5 to La Jolla Village Drive exit, head west. La Jolla Village Drive becomes North Torrey Pines Road (approx. 1 mile). Turn left on Expedition Way. Parking is to your left, at the bottom of the hill. Three hour parking is included with admission.

Public Transportation

By Bus: Bus #34 to Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Get off at Downwind Way and La Jolla Shores. Walk up Downwind Way to aquarium.