“We do believe in angels. My daughter is a single mom of three children, 15 and 13 year-old boys, 4 year-old daughter. She receives no child support, works 6 days a week 12-14 hour days. Needless to say there’s no money left over for special outings. A few weeks ago I began searching for discount coupons, tickets etc. so that I could take my three grandchildren to the Birch Aquarium. A very good friend was able to get two guests passes for us via San Diego Bargian Mama. What a blessing and savings for my daughter. My grandchildren and I had such a wonderful day.
We loved the sea horses and jellyfish, my granddaughter, especially, like the water play game outside plus the teeter totter. A good time was had by all. I thank my friend and SDBM from the bottom of my heart … our family is truly blessed.”
Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public exploration center for the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the aquarium features more than 60 habitats of fish and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and beyond. An interactive museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps scientists on climate, earth and ocean science and features five dozen interactive elements. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Birch Aquarium has an annual attendance of more than 405,000, including 40,000 school children.
Today, visitors can explore more than 60 marine tanks – up from 36 on opening day – teeming with fishes, corals and invertebrates from the chilly waters of the Pacific Northwest to the warm currents of the tropical seas. A showcase 70,000-gallon tank houses a forest of gently swaying kelp, treating visitors to a serene view of a complex marine community that flourishes off the San Diego coast.
In addition to marine-life exhibits, the aquarium showcases ocean and earth science in its interactive, award-winning museum. Boundless Energy, the aquarium’s newest exhibit, opened last summer. This outdoor, interactive playground – celebrating ways we can harness clean energy from the planet – is a natural extension of Feeling the Heat: The Climate Challenge, an adjacent exhibit that presents the science of global climate change.
Location: 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, Calif.
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
$14 Adult, 18+
$10 Senior, 60+
$9.50 Youth, 3-17
Free Children, 2 and under
Free Aquarium Members
From Interstate 5, exit at La Jolla Village Drive.
West one mile. Left on Expedition Way.
Birch Aquarium offers three-hour courtesy parking.
San Diego Museum Council’s Kids Go Free
From October 1 – 31, children ages 17 and under receive FREE admission at Birch Aquarium at Scripps with a paid adult (limit 2 kids per paid adult) by presenting the Kids Free coupon at the ticket booth. Check out the participating museums here and download the coupon (to print or show on your smartphone) by visiting sandiegomuseumcouncil.org. Note: Not valid for special events.
Go for FREE Plus FREE Gas!
Parents can go for free with two passes. Two lucky winners will each have a couple passes mailed to you. Just enter a comment below as to why you would like to go and a random winner will be chosen Saturday, October 20 at 9pm PST and announced the following morning. Winner will have 24 hours to claim his/her prize. SDBM is throwing in a $10 gift card to Shell, just to be sure you make that trip!
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Disclaimer: SDBM is giving away tickets for Birch Aquarium as a community outreach service and partnership agreement, not for pay. We used two tickets to share with a family in need and are giving away the others, save two (for us).