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General Admission Tickets

Birch Aquarium Single-Day tickets are available for purchase online, or at the ticket booth when you arrive. Ticket sales end at 4:30 p.m. and the aquarium closes at 5 p.m. 

Adult $19.50 
Child (3-17, 2 & under free) $15.00
Senior (60+) $16.50
Students or UCSD Staff (with ID) $16.00
Military Discount**  Active Duty, Reserve, Veteran/Retired US Military ID Holders receive $2 off each ticket

*Admission prices are subject to change. 
**Military discount not available online. Please purchase at the gate.


General Admission Single-Day tickets are valid only during normal Aquarium hours of 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  They are not applicable for programs, special events, or concerts.

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Coming with a group? 

Visit our Group Tours and Tickets page to learn more about options when visiting with a group of 10 or more. Or, visit our For Teachers section if you are planning on bringing a school group. 

Oversized Vehicles

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

Purchase a Birch Aquarium Membership

Enjoy oceans of savings and support the aquarium by becoming an annual member. Members receive free admission, discounts, and invitations to members-only events.

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College Student on Assignment

Are you a college student looking to purchase a single admission ticket to visit Birch Aquarium at Scripps for a class assignment? Visit our College Student on Assignment page to learn more.

Museums for All

Birch Aquarium is proud to participate in Museums for All. Learn more.