Kelp Tank Birch Aquarium

This is the modern and very impressive replacement of the century-old aquarium operated by the world-famous Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Birch Aquarium offers you a front row seat for viewing a huge variety of fish and marine life swimming and floating around their inside exhibits. You can then head outside to the Tide Pool Plaza with more to see, including a stellar oceanfront view.

Enjoy Shark Reef, the Hall of Fishes,
Coral Reef, and the Seahorse exhibit.
 This place really is a special insight into a world we donʼt normally get to see.



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Birch Aquarium has its own parking lot, and parking is free for three hours.

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Timing • Hours • Cost

Open 9am – 5pm 7 days/week

Closed on the following days: November 2, 2017, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Days.

Food & Drink

Splash! is an on-site café by The French Gourmet, open 9am – 4:30pm.