Welcome to Birch Aquarium at Scripps 

We have made updates to your aquarium experience for the safety of guests and staff. Guests and members need reserve tickets in advance of visiting. Please be sure to also read our Know Before You Visit Page ahead of visiting. 

Know Before You Visit

Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Day. Closing early Dec. 31, 2020 

Tickets: Advanced Reservation Required

Birch Aquarium Single-Day tickets are only available for purchase online. Advanced reservation is required. Members and guests are required to reserve tickets in advance. The last entry time is at 4:30 p.m. and the aquarium closes at 5 p.m. 

Buy or Reserve Advanced Reservation Tickets


9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Days. Closing early Dec. 31, 2020 
Ticket sales end at 4 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. 

Explore Exhibits     Aquarium Map


Splash Café and our ocean-view Shark Café are the two dining options at Birch Aquarium. Open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Dining Options

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. 

More Information

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 California Coast Credit Union 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