Enjoy live animal interactions and sweeping ocean views from our Tide-Pool Plaza.
Plan a Visit 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92037
Open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily
Birch Aquarium at Scripps brings to life the exciting discoveries of world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.
Our new exhibit ElasmoBeach is now OPEN. Learn more about ElasmoBeach here.
::NOTE:: Construction project adjacent to the aquarium parking lot may cause delays. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Enter the world of sharks, seahorses, living coral reefs and more, and discover a stunning variety of
Pacific marine life in more than 60 habitats. Interact with exhibits that showcase the cutting-edge discoveries
of Scripps Oceanography explorers through hands-on displays and
- Birch Aquarium at Scripps is a smoke-free facility.
- Parking is free for three hours.
- The aquarium is wheelchair accessible and wheelchairs are available for visitors' use.
- Handicapped parking is located in the traffic circle at the front of the aquarium.
Photography: Visitors are encouraged to take personal photos of any display. Flash photography is allowed inside the aquarium, except where noted. Visitors wanting to use tripods should check with Visitor Services to determine the crowd level. Please note that visitors may be photographed or videotaped by aquarium staff for professional use, or by the media covering aquarium news. Entry into the aquarium grants permission for use of these images.
Visiting from Out of Town?
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