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.
|Child (3-17, 2 & under free)||$14|
Looking for Military discounts, student prices, or group sales? Visit our Tickets page for more information.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Closed: November 2, 2017, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Days.
Ticket sales end at 4:30 p.m. and the aquarium closes at 5 p.m.
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.
Construction Alert: Guests coming from the west on La Jolla Shores Blvd. should be aware of construction on Downwind Way. Please follow the detour signs through the Southwest Fisheries Science Center parking lot to Birch Aquarium. Please note, this route is not advised for oversized vehicles at this time.
Please note that oversized vehicles such as buses (school or charter), RVs, and trailers are not permitted in the Birch Aquarium 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.
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.
Open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Features gifts, books, and apparel, including Scripps Institution of Oceanography shirts and hats.
Visitor FAQs and Rules
Have some questions before you visit? Check out our FAQs and Rules to find answers.
Birch Aquarium strives to be fully accessible to all of our guests. Learn more about the facility, parking and more.
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 email@example.com.