Know Before You Visit

Have a fun and safe visit to Birch Aquarium 


Before Your Visit

  • Advanced Reservation Required: All guests, INCLUDING MEMBERS, are required to reserve a ticket before visiting.


  • If you or anyone in your family have experienced any of the following symptoms within the last 14 days, you may not visit Birch Aquarium: 
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  • Face Coverings: All staff and guests (2 years and older) are required to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth — both indoors and out regardless of vaccination status. For more information about our face covering policy, visit our FAQ page
  • Social Distancing: All families or groups  must maintain 6 foot distance at all times from staff and other guests. Adults are responsible for ensuring children follow this rule.
  • Follow the one-way path: Use the one-way path for exploring the aquarium and keep your group together. See the route on our map here

More to Know: 

  • More information about the steps we are taking to keep our staff and guests safe can be found here
  • Strollers are welcome, but you must keep them with you at all times.
  • There is no re-entry.
  • Splash Café is open. Please plan ahead to buy food before or after your visit, as you won't be able to exit the aquarium to visit the café.
  • Eating is only allowed in designated eating areas, which can be found at Splash Café, near the front entrance, or on Smargon Courtyard, near Shark Shores

Still have questions? Visit our FAQ page

Please note that these procedures are subject to change as guidelines from state and local agencies evolve. We will continue to update you as we navigate this unprecedented time together.

Waiver of Claims, Limitation of Liability 

Participant waives the right to any claim against UC related to or arising from the acquisition of or exposure to any infectious disease. Neither UC, nor any of its campuses or medical centers, nor any of its employees or agents shall be liable for any claims of loss, expense, or damage to participant relating to the acquisition of or exposure to any infectious disease.