Birch Aquarium

Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Birch Aquarium features more than 60 habitats that showcase the research discoveries of oceanography scientists at UC San Diego.

Touch animals at the Tide Pool Plaza, meet La Jolla’s leopard sharks, get immersed in a two-story kelp forest, and visit seadragons and seahorses. Check out the exhibit featuring little blue penguins, the smallest penguins in the world – the only aquarium in the Western U.S. to house this special species of penguin.

Behind-the-scenes seahorse tours are offered. Camps, tidepooling adventures, and seasonal events are also offered throughout the year.

Kidsguide Tip: Visit their Discounts & Offers page for current admission deals. The Tide Pool Plaza located outdoors has some of the most spectacular ocean views in San Diego.



Birch Aquarium
2300 Expedition Way
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 534-3474