Enjoy an Aquarium in San Diego. Visit Scripps Birch Aquarium in La Jolla or Legoland SeaLife Aquarium in Carlsbad California. See some great marine life, or join in a fun adventure.
There is something so magnificent about creatures under the sea, which makes a visit to an aquarium so special. In San Diego we can enjoy seeing this sealife at three aquariums: Birch Aquarium at Scripps, SeaLife Aquarium at Legoland in Carlsbad, and in our San Diego waters too, such as La Jolla Bay off of La Jolla Shores beach, or the various tide pools in San Diego.
All of these have different things to offer, but you are sure to have a great visit at an aquarium, and you don't have to worry about rain or tides. Come and enjoy!
Birch Aquarium at Scripps in a premier aquarium in San Diego community of La Jolla, with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and La Jolla. Learn about kelp, sharks, tidepools and much more. The aquarium is associated with UCSD and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Scientists and naturalists from Scripps Aquarium offer additional programs for the public.
Address: 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone Number: (858) 534-3474
Operating Hours: Daily from 9 - 5. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day
Directions to Birch Aquarium at Scripps: See Below | Google Map
Parking: 3-hour free parking
Ticket Prices: $18.50 adults 18 – 59, Senior 60+ $15.50, UCSD College students or staff $15.00, Youth 3-17 $14.00. Discounts of $1 for AAA members, 25% for AARP members, $2 for military. Admission to Scripps Aquarium is also on the San Diego Go Card. For Scripps Birch Aquarium discounts and coupons see Discount Tickets and Coupons. Also check out the membership options. You may be able to join for a year and get free tickets for your family or guests, and save even more!
Food: Enjoy outdoor lunch at the Splash Cafe, open M-F 11-2 and Sat-Sun 10 - 4. Or you can picnic on nearby Scripps Beach or La Jolla Shores Beach.
Birch Aquarium Directions: From Interstate 5 in La Jolla, go west on La Jolla Village Drive, continue straight onto N. Torrey Pines Rd, then a quick left on Expedition Way.
Click on the link above to open the Google Map for Birch Aquarium and other attractions in San Diego and southern California.
Official Birch Aquarium website: www.aquarium.ucsd.edu
This SEA Days program is designed for all ages. Family Days merges Earth and ocean sciences with art and literacy themes by presenting unique programs that include hands-on activities, crafts, demonstrations, and interactions with researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Family Days is free with admission on the third Saturday of each month from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Theme varies each month.
April 21 2018 - Earth Day
May 19 2018 - Birds of a Feather
June 16 2018
July 21 2018
August 18 2018
September 15 2018
October 20 2018
November 17 2018
December 115 2018
For more information call 858-534-7336.
Scripps naturalists offer a number of outdoor adventure programs. Check these out:
Tidepooling Adventures - The season runs December through March. Visit local La Jolla Tidepools with a trained naturalist. Reservations required. For more information see Exploring La Jolla Tide Pools.
Whale Watching The Whale Watching season runs late December - mid April. Go whale watching in San Diego with an ocean expert from Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Enjoy the view, listen to whale and dolphin sounds, and watch these fascinating whales. For more information see San Diego whale watching.
Grunion Runs The Grunion Runs happen in the spring around midnight. A must-see adventure is the grunion runs on the beaches of La Jolla, where hundreds of silvery grunion fish ride the waves to shore to mate. They return to see while the eggs stay and hatch into baby grunion, to wash out with next high tide. $17 per person. Pre-purchase required: 858-534-7336.
2018 dates for Grunion Runs:
Wednesday May 2 11 PM to 1 AM
Thursday May 31 10:30 PM to 12:30 AM
Friday June 1 11:30 PM to 1:30 AM
Pier Moon Walks - June - October on select dates. Cost is $35 per person. A warm night lit by a full moon is the perfect time to explore the Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier, usually closed to the public. During this moonlit walk along the pier, aquarium naturalists will teach participants about the structure's history, and guide them as they dissect a squid, make marine organisms glow in the dark, collect plankton, observe ocean conditions and study the nocturnal habits of marine life. Also includes a tour of the Scripps Oceanography campus. Ages 9+ only, and children ages 9-13 must be accompanied by a paid adult. More more information and reservations call: 858-534-7336
2018 dates for Pier Moon Walks
June Wed and Thu June 27 and 28 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM
July 27 and 28 Fri and Sat from 7:00 to 8:30 PM
August 25 and 26 Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 to 8:30 PM
September 24 and 25 Monday and Tuesday from 6:00 to 7:30 PM
October 24 and 25 Wednesday and Thursday from 6:00 to 7:30 PM
Snorkeling Adventures - Birch San Diego Aquarium offers Snorkel with Sharks snorkeling adventures during the summer months. Swim with schooling leopard sharks, garibaldi, smooth hound sharks and guitarfish while enjoying the mild surf and gently sloping beach of La Jolla Shores. See rays, flatfish, sand dwelling invertebrates and coastal sea life.
Snorkel with Sharks dates 2018
July 21 and 22 Saturday and Sunday
August 4 and 5, and 18 and 19 Saturday and Sunday
September 1 and 2, and 15 and 16 Saturday and Sunday
Time: 8-10:00 a.m. Cost: $30 Ages: 10+ (minors must be accompanied by a paid adult) RSVP required: 858-534-7336
Address: Legoland Resort, One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Phone Number: (760) 918-LEGO
Operating Hours: Daily from at least 10 - 5. Open later during busy seasons.
Directions to SEALIFE Aquarium: See Below | Google Map
Parking: $5 for SEALIFE Aquarium only, $12 if visiting both Legoland and SEA LIFE Aquarium.
Ticket Prices - 1-Day ticket is $22.00 for adults, $22.00 for children and seniors. Children 2 and under are free. 10% AAA and active Military Discounts on one day admission prices. 1 and 2 day Hopper Passes also available. For Sealife Aquarium discounts and coupons see Discount Tickets and Coupons. You can also get special discounts when you visit 2 or 3 of Legolands parks: Legoland California, Legoland waterpark and Legoland Sealife Aquarium. Legoland Discount Tickets
Food: No outside food and drinks are permitted in the park. Food is for sale, or you can picnic on the grassy area outside the entrance.
SeaLife Aquarium Directions: – From Interstate 5 in Carlsbad CA (~20 miles north of San Diego), go east on Palomar Airport Rd., left on Armada Drive, then right on Legoland Drive.
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Official Sea Life Aquarium website: www.sealifeus.com
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