Welcome to Birch Aquarium at Scripps 

See more than 5,000 fish in 60+ habitats plus a museum featuring cutting edge research from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. Take in spectacular panoramic ocean views, get hands on with interactive activities, see a feeding, and dive deeper into the world under, in, and above the oceans. 

Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.


Purchase tickets online or from the ticket booth when you arrive.

Adult $19.50
Child (3-17, 2 & under free) $15.00
Senior (60+) $16.50

Looking for Military discounts, student prices, or group sales? Visit our Tickets page for more information.

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9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Dec. 24, 2019 closing at 4 p.m.

Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Days.
Ticket sales end at 4:30 p.m. and the aquarium closes at 5 p.m.
Daily Schedule 

Directions & Parking

Address: 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, California
Parking: three-hour courtesy parking is available in the Birch Aquarium lot 

If you would like to extend your visit, parking permits are available at the Visitor Services office for a small fee. 

Oversized Vehicles

Please note that oversized vehicles such as buses (school or charter), RVs, and trailers are not permitted to park in Birch Aquarium's parking lot. There is limited large vehicle parking available along La Jolla Shores Drive, west of Birch Aquarium. 


View a stunning variety of colorful marine life featured in more than 60 habitats. Interact with hands-on exhibits that showcase cutting-edge research discoveries that have profound impacts on what we know about Earth and how these discoveries are relevant to our everyday lives. 

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Splash! Cafe by The French Gourmet
Located at the entrance to Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Hours: Monday-Sunday 9 a.m.—4:30 p.m.

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Gift Shop

Open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Features gifts, books, and apparel, including Scripps Institution of Oceanography shirts and hats. 

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Visitor FAQs and Rules

Have some questions before you visit? Check out our FAQs and Rules to find answers. 

FAQs and Rules


Birch Aquarium strives to be fully accessible to all of our guests. Learn more about the facility, parking and more. 

Accessibility Page


A U.S. Bank ATM is available next to Splash! Cafe.

Our team is happy to answer any questions you may have. Please call (858) 534-3474 or email