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Advanced Reservations are Required


Ticket Prices

Child (3-17, 2 and under free)$19.95
Senior (60+)$22.95
Students (ID required)$22.95
Military (ID required)$22.95


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Hours and Daily Schedule

Open daily 9 am to 5 pm January-February and October-December

Open daily 9 am to 7 pm March 1-Labor Day 

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's days.

Last entry is one hour prior to closing.

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2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92037


  • Free 3-hour parking. 
  • Full-day parking permits are available at Guest Services for a small fee.
  • Large vehicle parking available along La Jolla Shores Drive, west of Birch Aquarium.  


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Group Tickets and Tours

Discounts for groups of 10 or more are automatically applied when you add 10+ tickets to your shopping cart.

Adults (ages 18-59)$21.95 per person
Seniors (60+) $19.95 per person
Child (ages 3 to 17) $16.95 per person
Students (ID required)$19.95 per person


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Behind-the-Scenes Tours

Venture behind the scenes to get up close to some of our most popular animals. Tours include aquarium admission, so be sure to purchase your tour instead of making a reservation. 

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Penguin Tour

Discover what it takes to care for the world’s smallest penguins and learn how you can help protect this amazing animal. During this tour, you’ll venture into our Penguin Care and Conservation Center, chat with a member of our animal care team and meet our Little Blue Penguins!

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Octopus Tour

Learn all about an ink-credible cephalopod! During this 60-minute guided tour, you’ll get up close to our Giant Pacific Octopus, learn about their amazing and unique adaptations and discover how our Husbandry Team cares for this intelligent species!  

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Seahorse Tour

Get a glimpse of seahorse babies and learn about Birch Aquarium's renowned breeding program and what it takes to care for these unusual fish. Discover how we can all help protect these unique animals and their homes on this immersive behind-the-scenes tour!

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Birch Aquarium strives to be fully accessible to all of our guests.

Birch Aquarium has designated accessible parking spaces available as well as the option of curbside pickup and drop-off in the traffic circle near the front entrance.

All of Birch Aquarium is wheelchair accessible. While most of the aquarium is on one level, there are ramps on Tide Pool Plaza and Beyster Family Little Blue Penguins. Wheelchairs are available to borrow from Guest Services on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Service Animals  
Trained service animals are permitted inside the aquarium.

Please Note 
If you require special assistance or adaptive services please notify Guest Services as soon as possible so we can arrange for the services to be in place. Please call (858) 534-3474 or email 

Shopping AND Dining

The Gift Shop

The Birch Aquarium Gift Shop is open daily from 9:30 a.m. until the aquarium closes.


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Splash! Café by The French Gourmet

Splash! Café is open daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Admission is not required in order to eat at the café.

Members receive a discount!

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