The Birch Aquarium Is A Great Way To Spend A Few Hours With Your Family
From the breathtaking views to the great and educational activities and exhibits, The Birch Aquarium is a sure place for kids and families to have a great time learning about the ocean habitat and sea creatures. On our recent visit to San Diego, our family visited different places like the USS Midway Museum, Inflatable World, and stopped at a few places to eat in San Diego. But on our last day in the city, we had about 1/2 a day to do something fun before having to head back to Los Angeles. We stumbled upon The Birch Aquarium and it turned out to be a great fit for our short time allotted for the morning.
The aquarium is small in comparison to Sea World or the Aquarium of the Pacific, but still offers enough for the family to enjoy a portion of their day there. The aquarium features more than 60 habitats of fishes and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and beyond. Although you can see the aquarium in just a few hours, our daughter and her friend really enjoyed the many exhibits, the view and the educational and interactive play structures at the aquarium. The following is a list of some of the exhibits and tanks we enjoyed exploring at the Birch Aquarium.
Birch Aquarium Exhibits
- Tide-Pool Plaza
- Hall of Fishes
- Education Courtyard
- Scripps Explorers Gallery
- Smargon Court
- There’s Something About Seahorses Tank
- Baja California Tank
- Tropical Seas Tank
Birch Aquarium’s Preuss Tide-Pool Plaza
Our family explored the Preuss Tide-Pool Plaza which featured three living tide-pool displays where visitors can touch and learn about tide-pool animals. The exhibits have windows that provide an up-close view of hermit crabs, sea cucumbers, lobsters, and other unique animals local to San Diego’s tide pools. My favorite part was that the Tide Pool Plaza overlooks La Jolla and the Pacific Ocean, and provides quite the scenic overlook.
Hall Of Fishes
One of the most popular exhibits appeared to be the Hall of Fishes. The corridor provides up-close viewing for kids and families of fish from the tropics to fish from San Diego’s own bay. Within the exhibit, they also exhibit a nursery of marine animals born in the Birch Aquarium along with a 70,000 gallon Kelp Forest Tank where hundreds of species of marine life are sheltered.
The aquarium is worth the visit as they do provide a great educational experience for kids. However, we would suggest planning your trip to the Aquarium with a visit to another attraction like the Natural History Museum or Reuben H Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park.
Why We Recommend It For Families
- Diverse Sea Life Exhibits
- Great Exhibits
- Interactive & Educational
- Tide Pools and Docents
- Free Parking
- Kelp Forest Tank
- Spectacular Views
- Knowledgeable and Friendly Staff
- Picnic Area For Lunch
Birch Aquarium Video
Birch Aquarium Links & Information
- Birch Aquarium at Scripps Website
- (858) 534-3474
We were provided a media pass for the purpose of covering this place on our blog. Regardless, we would only recommend places, activities or services that we would use/visit personally and that we believe will be good for our readers.