Behind the Scenes Tours

Seahorse Tour

A guest feeds a seahorse behind the scenes.
When Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays | 11 am - 12 pm

$80 Members | $95 General Public

Venture behind the scenes for a one-hour private tour and explore the fascinating world of seahorses. Get a glimpse of seahorse babies, learn about Birch Aquarium's renowned breeding program and understand what it takes to care for these unusual fish on this immersive behind-the-scenes tour!

Aquarium admission included. Tickets must be purchased at least 1 hour prior to start time. Purchase tickets by phone at 858.534.3474 or onsite in the Guest Services Office. Guests must be at least 8 years of age to participate. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Tour Capacity

We can accommodate up to 6 guests. Each guest must have a ticket for the tour. 

Age Restriction

Guests must be at least 8 years of age to participate. Children ages 8-17 must be accompanied by an adult.

Check-In location
  • Present tour ticket at our ticket booth when you first arrive at the aquarium.
  • Meet out on the South Plaza (by Blue Beach) 10 minutes before the scheduled tour — look for a large floor sign indicating the tour meeting place.
Closed-Toed Shoe Requirement

Guests must wear closed-toed shoes for this encounter. For your safety, sandals and heels are not allowed to be worn behind the scenes.

Photography Policy

Only during the first half of the tour; once the tour goes behind-the-scenes, photography and video recording is not allowed. No exceptions. 

Bag Policy

Large bags and backpacks are not permitted on the tour.  They may be left in the Guest Services Office during the tour.

Reschedule/Refund

Refunds are not available, however, if canceled 24 hours before the start of the tour and space permits, it may be possible to reschedule for a future date.

ADA Accessibility

Most (but not all) behind-the-scenes areas are ADA accessible. In some areas a wheelchair can access but will not be able to turn around and will need to back out to exit the space. Some tours may include small ladders and/or stairs with a few steps which are not ADA accessible.  Be prepared for dim lighting and potentially wet floors.

Service Animals

Yes, but Birch Aquarium reserves the right to exclude service animals from these areas if they pose a direct threat to our animal population. Please note: access to behind-the-scenes areas requires stepping on foot bath pads which contain sanitizing chemicals that pose a hazard if ingested and should be rinsed off if skin contact occurs.

 

For other accommodation requests please contact Guest Services at aquariuminfo@ucsd.edu or 858.534.FISH (3474) 

 

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