Open Outdoors-Only

Birch Aquarium is operating outdoors-only in accordance with state and local Covid-19 restrictions.

In order to offer the best possible experience for guests, all of the aquarium’s outdoor spaces have been activated to offer a variety of activities for guests to explore and enjoy.  A map highlighting all of the open areas is available here. 

Activities include:

Entrance Courtyard

  • Giant Blue Octopus by Jessica Ling Findley: Grab an octopus selfie with our giant inflatable octopus and be sure to use #BirchAquarium on your social profiles. 
  • Observe + Wonder: Guests will see specimens and art inspired by invertebrates from local artist, Siena McKim. Put your observation skills to the test as you use your scientist eye to connect with and explore the wonders of the ocean.

Tide Pool Plaza

  • Marine Protected Area Touch Experience: Guests touch local animals, including small sharks and rays, sea hares and snails, while learning about Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). 
  • South Tide Pool Touch Experience: We’ll bring tide pooling to you by providing a chance to touch La Jolla locals, like anemones, urchins, and sea cucumbers.
  • Artist / Scientists in Residence See our resident artist / scientists at work! Join Siena McKim and Brian Gibson on Tide Pool Plaza as they bring art to life. Visit the Daily Schedule here for dates and times.

The Galleria 

  • Kelp Cam on the Big Screen: As you head from the Entry Courtyard to Tide Pool Plaza, check out what’s going on in our Giant Kelp Forest Exhibit up on the big screen.

Education Courtyard 

  • Oddities Outdoors: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, it’s a … Giant Tube Worm? Discover some amazing specimens through comic book-inspired panels that highlight the astonishing adaptations (aka super powers) of ocean species. 
  • Whale Fall Exploration: Learn what happens after a whale falls to the ocean floor by exploring whale bones and invertebrate specimens alongside our Wyland mural.

Smargon Courtyard 

  • NEW! Growing Up Seahorse: New to the outdoors-only lineup is an experience that gives guests a look into the diverse world of seahorses. Check out juvenile and adult seahorses, learn about Birch Aquarium’s renowned breeding program, and understand what it takes to care for these unusual fish.
  • Coral Reef Animal Touch Experience: Dip your hands into the warm waters of a tropical reef and touch animals like cleaner shrimp, hermit crabs, sea stars and even young epaulette sharks.
  • Winter Migrators Tracking: Have you ever wondered who passes through our waters during the winter season? Guests will learn about wintertime ocean species that migrate along the San Diego coastline and be able to log what they see!
  • Shark Poetry by Dovi Kacev: Adjacent to our live sharks, learn about sharks through beautiful illustrations and poetry from Dovi Kacev.
  • Local Sharks: Explore the diversity of the local shark and ray species right off the La Jolla coast by checking out shark jaws, teeth and other specimens.
  • Shark Shores: Come face-to-face with La Jolla’s legendary Leopard Sharks and other species of elasmobranchs (sharks and rays) at Shark Shores. The large outdoor exhibit allows you to experience the sandy bottomed habitat of La Jolla Shores without getting wet!
  • Life Starts Small: Nursery Animals: Observe young animals from nearby cool temperate waters, like clumps of mussels, swell shark egg cases and juvenile sharks, sand crabs, juvenile zebra perch and garibaldi, gorgonians, limpets, jellies, decorator crabs, seagrasses, and nudibranchs.

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

Sun, March 7 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Open Outdoors-Only
Mon, March 8 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Open Outdoors-Only
Tue, March 9 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Open Outdoors-Only
Wed, March 10 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Open Outdoors-Only
Thu, March 11 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Open Outdoors-Only
Fri, March 12 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Open Outdoors-Only
Sat, March 13 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Open Outdoors-Only
Sun, March 14 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Open Outdoors-Only
Mon, March 15 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Open Outdoors-Only
Tue, March 16 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Open Outdoors-Only
Wed, March 17 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Open Outdoors-Only
Thu, March 18 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Open Outdoors-Only
Fri, March 19 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Open Outdoors-Only
Sat, March 20 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Open Outdoors-Only
Sun, March 21 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Open Outdoors-Only

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