Group Tours and Tickets

Group Sales: General Admission (10 or More People)

Encounter a dazzling variety of marine life from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical seas of Mexico and beyond. Experience the outdoor tide-pool plaza overlooking the sparkling Pacific Ocean, and our engaging museum featuring exhibits highlighting the latest research by Scripps Institution of Oceanography explorers. Minimum 10 people. 

Group Sales Pricing (Online Only)

Adults (ages 18-59): $16.50 per person
Seniors (60+): $13.50 per person
Child (ages 3 to 17): $12.00 per person
Student (with ID): $13.00 per person

Note: Discount is applied when 10 or more tickets are added to your shopping cart. Discount is only available online.

Time Slot Restrictions

Tickets are sold for specific dates and entry times. You are required to adhere to the date/time of your ticket(s). If you purchase tickets for multiple time slots, each guest will only be allowed to enter at the date/time listed on their ticket.

Adult Supervision Required

Groups that include children must have a minimum of 1 adult present for every 10 children to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for your group. Adults are responsible for ensuring children in their group follow all safety guidelines. Tickets are required for all guests in your group, including all adults. There is no complimentary admission for adults in General Admission Groups.

Please note: Our designated eating areas are not able to accommodate groups at this time. Cakes or other shared treats for groups are not allowed at at this time. If you are interested in hosting a private event, please contact our Special Events team

Buy Group Sales Tickets (10+ People)

Have a group of more than 100 people? Please contact the Group Sales Department at call (858) 534-6691 or via email.


Group Programs and Tours are Canceled Until Further Notice

Discounted tickets, tours, and classes, are available for groups of 10 or more people.

Aquarium Guided Tours (Currently Unavailable)

The guide will greet the group, point out the highlights of the aquarium, and walk around with the group to answer questions. The duration of the tour is one hour with a guide, leaving time to visit the rest of the facility on your own. Guided tours must be booked four weeks in advance. 

Price

Minimum 10 people for a flat fee of $250
After the first 10 people, the fee is $25 per person. This includes admission to the aquarium and the hour-long tour with our trained docents.
For more information or reservations, please call the Group Sales Department at 858-534-6691 or contact us via email.


Behind-the-Scenes Tour (Currently Unavailable)

Explore Birch Aquarium with an expert guide on an exclusive tour behind the scenes. Learn more about our husbandry team's conservation work and what it takes to care for the thousands of creatures that call Birch Aquarium home. Please visit the Behind-the-Scenes Tours page for more details and to make reservations. 

Price

Members/Public: $30/$35

Learn more about Behind-the-Scenes Tours


Ocean Discovery Experience (Currently Unavailable)

This is a special hands-on program designed for guests with a sense of curiosity. Seated at discovery stations in our private classroom, explore the behavior and natural history of live marine animals with an experienced instructor. Observe, touch, and inquire about tide pool inhabitants. This program is available upon request and is based on classroom availability. Program must be booked at least four weeks in advance. 

Price

Group admission rate plus $300 program fee
Minimum of 10 people; Maximum of 20 people
For more information or reservations, please call the Group Sales Department at 858-534-6691 or contact us via email.

Shark Discovery Experience (Currently Unavailable)

Have you ever met and touched a live juvenile shark? Shark Discovery is your opportunity to learn about the diversity of sharks, current shark research, and the important roles sharks play in marine habitats. The discovery lab takes place in your own private classroom. After meeting the juvenile shark, an experienced instructor will lead you to Elasmobeach, our outdoor exhibit that features local shark species. This program is available upon request and is based on classroom availability. Program must be booked at least four weeks in advance. 

Price

Group admission rate plus $300 program fee
Minimum of 10 people; Maximum of 20 people
For more information or reservations, please call the Group Sales Department at 858-534-6691 or contact us via email.