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Birch Aquarium
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Smaller and more intimate than some of its larger and better-known cousins, the Birch Aquarium is a place where you can get close to the animals, and take your time to enjoy them.

Because of its intimacy, children and adults alike are energized by the Birch Aquarium. Watch an octopus flow up and down the glass and try to catch a glimpse of his face, or see jellyfish moving slowly through the water.

The sea horse exhibit is the most popular at the Birch Aquarium. It features many species, from tiny miniature sea horses less than an inch tall to other-worldly leafy sea dragons.

Interactive exhibits at the Birch Aquarium teach the history of oceanography. A simulated trip in a deep water submersible reveals the wonders and oddities of the deep ocean, although it may move a little too slowly for smaller children. Kids of all ages seem to enjoy the Birch Aquarium exhibit illustrating how ocean products appear in every day items.

If you want to take photographs of the Birch Aquarium exhibits, be aware of reflections on the glass. Move in close (about a foot away) and set your flash at a 45 degree angle if you can. Don't get so carried away taking photos inside the Birch Aquarium that you miss the spectacular view outside.

Getting There:
Birch Aquarium
2300 Expedition Way
La Jolla, CA

Exit I-5 at La Jolla Village Drive and go west. La Jolla Village Drive becomes North Torrey Pines Road. Turn left on Expedition Way.
Parking is to your left, and you can stay for three hours at no charge.

More Information:
Tel: (858) 534-3474
  • Hours: Open daily except Thanksgiving, December 25 and January 1
  • Reservations: Not required
  • Cost: Admission charged
  • Location: La Jolla, north of downtown San Diego
  • How Long: Allow two to three hours
  • Best Time to Visit: Go in the afternoon to avoid school field trips


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