The Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography is home to more then 350 species (5,000 animals) of sea animals. It focuses on the marine life of the Pacific from the northwest to the South Pacific. The aquarium interprets the research done at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and offers science education. It is the U.S.'s largest oceanographic museum.
Birch Aquarium has a tide pool, hands-on exhibits, 46 tanks with marine animals and a simulated underwater ride. Another unique area to visit in the aquarium is the Ocean Supermarket. There you can scan grocery items and see, which ingredients came from the ocean. Check out the gorgeous view of the Pacific Ocean too!
Exhibits include Boundless Energy, Feeling the Heat: The Climate Challenge, There’s Something about Seahorses, Whales: Voices in the Sea, Wonders of Water, Coral Displays, Hall of Fishes and Tide Pool. There are a dive show and five feedings that go on during the week. Not every feeding is done every day so if there is a certain one that you would like to see check out their website for the feeding schedule.
The Birch Aquarium’s website offers some nice webcams. They work very well with an up-to-date computer and are interesting to watch. The aquarium also offers educational programs for schools, colleges and the general public. These include lectures, concerts and activities such as snorkeling and tide pooling.
Where to Find Coupons & Discounts for the Birch Aquarium?
A Senior discount ticket of $10 are offered to all those over 60 years of age.
A discount aquarium ticket for the UCSD staff and students is offered for $9.
A $12 Military discount ticket is offered with a valid ID.
Group rates are offered to groups with 15 or more paying guests.
The 2012 Entertainment Book has a 50% off discount coupon for up to two aquarium admissions.
From March - September of 2012, Birch Aquarium is offering half off it's regular admission prices for San Diego Residents on the 20th of every month to celebrate it's anniversary. Good for residents in the 91901- 92199 zip codes. You must show a valid ID with zip code. Two children per valid adult.
Students with an ID can receive a ticket for $10.
A $2 off printable coupons good for up to six people and good until September 30, 2012 is available at www. sandiegan.com. Other San Diego tourist websites may also have coupons.
You can sign up for the Birch Aquarium enewsletter online and receive first hand news about special deals and events.
February is Museum Month. You can receive 1/2 off ticket prices at over 40 museums in the San Diego area for up to four people. A Culture Card can be picked up at Macy's in San Diego. Many of the museums have special activities during this month.
The aquarium often has special offers announced on their website. One current offer is if you have Foursquare app on your smart phone and show the check-in screen at the ticket booth, you can receive $2 off up to four adult admissions.
Birch Aquarium participates in the Go San Diego Card. You can purchase a Go San Diego Card by the amount of day you want to visit attractions and then you have FREE unlimited admission into a large number of attractions. Some of the other attractions are Legoland, Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City Waterpark.
AAA members can receive $1 off admission price for up to four people when they show their AAA card at the ticket counter.
AARP members can receive 25% off admission for up to six people when showing their AARP card.
FREE admission is offered to the UCSD Alumni Associates and Benefactors with they show their Alumni Access Card.
A membership includes FREE unlimited admission, two-four FREE guest passes a year, discounts at the café, gift shop, classes, programs, local restaurants and other businesses. Memberships start at $55.
Discounted memberships are sometimes offered on coupon websites such as LivingSocial.com.
Some of the highlights of Birch Aquarium at Scripps.
Birch Aquarium Details
Regular price aquarium tickets are $14 for adults, Child (3-17) $9.50 and Children 2 and under are FREE.
Hours for the aquarium are 9 am to 5 pm daily.
The aquarium is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Birch Aquarium at Scripps offers 3 hours of FREE parking.
There is a cafe, bookstore and gift shop on the premises.
No food or drink can be brought into the aquarium. However, there are a limited number of picnic tables on the property as well as picnic tables at Kellogg Park. Kellogg Park is located about one mile from the aquarium and offers FREE parking.