Birch Aquarium strives to be fully accessible to all of our guests. The majority of Birch Aquarium is all on one level, with the exception of the outdoor Tide Pool Plaza, which has ramps.


Birch Aquarium has designated handicapped parking spaces available as well as the option of curbside pickup and drop-off in the traffic circle near the ticket booth.


Wheelchairs are available at a first-come, first-served basis for use at any point during your visit. Please stop by the Information Desk located just inside the Galleria and we will be happy to provide you with a complimentary wheelchair.

Service Animals 

Trained service animals are permitted inside Birch Aquarium at Scripps. 

Please Note

If you require special assistance or adaptive services, I.e. audio description, captioning/sign language interpreting, listening devices, and or locating the accessible entrances/exits, please notify our Visitor Services Department (contact information below) as soon as possible so we can arrange for the services to be in place.

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