The 2018 Entertainment Book has two 50% off Birch Aquarium discount coupons. If you don't have an Entertainment Book or the mobile app, you can buy one here.

A Birch Aquarium discount for Seniors is offered to all those over 60 years of age.

A Birch Aquarium discount ticket for the UCSD staff and students is offered year round at the door and less if you purchase in advance online.

A Military Birch Aquarium discount ticket is offered with a valid ID.

Birch Aquarium participates in the Go San Diego Card. You can purchase a Go San Diego Card by the amount of days you want to visit attractions and then you have FREE unlimited admission to over 40 attractions.  Some of the other attractions are Legoland, Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City Waterpark. You can usually purchase these at a discount through Undercover Tourist. To check prices and purchase, click here.

Group rates are offered to groups with 15 or more paying guests.

 Visitors to Birch aquarium in San Diego UC can view seahorses.

Visitors to Birch aquarium in San Diego UC can view seahorses.

College students with an ID can get a Birch Aquarium discount  If you are on assignment you receive a even bigger discount.

You can sign up for the Birch Aquarium e-newsletter online and receive first hand news about special deals and events.

February is Museum Month.  You can see 40 museums at half price in the San Diego area.  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.

The aquarium often has a special on Mother's Day.  If you pay for one child's ticket, you get an adult ticket for free.

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.

Discounted memberships are sometimes offered on coupon websites such as

Birch Aquarium coupons, discounts, deals and specials are usually for a limited time and may have an expiration date.

About Birch Aquarium

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. This California 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!

Birch Aquarium Information

Address:  UCSD 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, California 92093

Phone:  858-534-4109


Animals:  Over 5,000      

Size:  64,157 square feet

Birch Aquarium Details

The aquarium is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Hours for the aquarium are 9 am to 5 pm daily.

Regular price aquarium tickets are $18.50 for adults, Child (3-17) $14, Senior (60) $15.50, Students with ID $15, and Children 2 and under are FREE.

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 is allowed to 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.


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