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General Admission

Advanced Reservations Required

Walkup entry cannot be guaranteed as we frequently sell out. Admission is valid only for the date and time selected at purchase. Learn more about our discounts and offers here.
 

Entry Made Easy for Members

Members do not need reservations. Simply show your member card and ID for entry. Join today!

General Admission - Adult
Price: $24.95
Tickets for adults ages 18-59.

General Admission - Senior
Price: $22.95
Tickets for adults ages 60+.

General Admission - Child
Price: $19.95
Tickets for children ages 3-17.

General Admission - Child 2 & Under
Price: $0.00
Tickets for children ages 2 and under, who receive a free ticket.

General Admission - Student
Price: $22.95
Tickets for College Students (ID required*). *Must present valid school photo ID with ticket.

 

San Diego CityPASS

One San Diego CityPASS purchase saves up to 42% on admission to your choice of 3, 4 or 5 top San Diego attractions including Birch Aquarium! Visit the attractions in any order over 9 days. Purchase San Diego CityPASS online for instant, mobile ticket delivery. Buy San Diego CityPASS
 

Go City San Diego

See more. Spend Less. Enjoy incredible savings and discover more than 55+ museums, tours, and attractions — including Birch Aquarium — and pay nothing at the gate. Buy Go City San Diego Pass
 
Group Sales Admission

Group Sales Requirements

10+ tickets to receive the discount and you are required to adhere to the date/time of your tickets. 1 adult per every 10 children is required (no complimentary admission for adults). Plan your visit and learn more.
 

School & Youth Groups

Are you with a school or youth group? Please view our field trip options.

Group General Admission - Adult
Regular Price: $24.95
Group Price: $21.95
Tickets for adults ages 18-59

Group General Admission - Senior
Regular Price: $22.95
Group Price: $19.95
Tickets for adults ages 60+

Group General Admission - Child
Regular Price: $19.95
Group Price: $16.95
Tickets for children ages 3-17

Adult Supervision Required: Groups that include children must have a minimum of 1 adult present for every 10 children to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for your group. Adults are responsible for ensuring children in their group follow all safety guidelines.

Group General Admission - Student
Regular Price: $22.95
Group Price: $19.95
Tickets for College Students (ID required*). *Must present valid school photo ID with ticket.
 
Annual Memberships

Experience Unlimited Admission

Join today for a year of fun and exploration at the aquarium plus special discounts on behind-the-scenes tours, summer camps, Gift Shop and Splash! Café.

Limit one (1) membership per transactionLearn more about annual memberships.
 

Gifting a Membership?

Give someone a year of ocean exploration with a Gift Membership Certificate. The certificate is emailed to the purchaser and the recipient's membership will begin when they redeem the certificate.

Individual
Price: $74.00
One named adult receives unlimited admission for a year, plus: 10% off at Splash! Cafe & Gift Shop, plus 2 guest passes. 

UC San Diego Student
Price: $45.00
One UC San Diego Student receives unlimited admission for a year, plus: 10% off at Splash! Cafe & Gift Shop. No discounts available.

Dual
Price: $99.00
Two named adults* receives unlimited admission for a year, plus: 10% off at Splash! Cafe & Gift Shop, plus 4 guest passes. *Host Option: You may list the 2nd adult as “Guest” so you may bring a different person with you on each visit.

Family
Price: $179.00
Two named adults* and four children (ages 3-17) receives unlimited admission for a year, plus: 10% off at Splash! Cafe & Gift Shop, plus 4 guest passes. *Host Option: You may list the 2nd adult as “Guest” so you may bring a different person with you on each visit.

Ocean Sponsors
Price: $250.00
Two named adults* and all household children (ages 3-17) receives unlimited admission for a year, plus: priority registration for camps, 20% off at Splash! Cafe & Gift Shop, special access to conservation and educational opportunities, plus 4 guest passes. *Host Option: You may list the 2nd adult as “Guest” so you may bring a different person with you on each visit.

Coral Reef Ambassadors
Price: $500.00
Two named adults* and all household children (ages 3-17) receives unlimited admission for a year, plus: priority registration for camps, 20% off at Splash! Cafe & Gift Shop, special access to conservation and educational opportunities, registration for 2 to a Sunset Scripps Pier Walk (seasonal, ages 9+), plus 4 guest passes. *Host Option: You may list the 2nd adult as “Guest” so you may bring a different person with you on each visit.



Friends of Birch Aquarium



When you give $1,000.00 or more, your benefits will include:
Free admission for up to six people on each visit, plus priority registration for camps, 20% off at Splash! Cafe & Gift Shop, exclusive members-only events, an invitation to our annual breakfast, exclusive tour opportunities at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Birch Aquarium, plus 4 guest passes.

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Gift Membership

Gift Membership Certificates

Gift Membership certificates are a great way to give the gift of membership! The recipient's membership will begin upon redeeming their Gift Membership certificate. Certificates are emailed instantly to the purchaser after purchase.
 

Already a Member?

If you're a member purchasing a gift membership certificate, have your member number ready when purchasing.

Individual Gift
Price: $74.00
Gift Certificate Valid For: One named adult, 10% off at Splash! Cafe & Gift Shop, plus 2 guest passes.

Dual Gift
Price: $99.00
Gift Certificate Valid For: Two named adults*, 10% off at Splash! Cafe & Gift Shop, plus 4 guest passes. 

Family Gift
Price: $179.00
Gift Certificate Valid For: Two named adults and four children (ages 3-17), 10% off at Splash! Cafe & Gift Shop, plus 4 guest passes. 

Ocean Sponsors Gift
Price: $250.00
Gift Certificate Valid For: Two named adults* and all household children (ages 3-17), plus priority registration for camps, 20% off at Splash! Cafe & Gift Shop, special access to conservation and educational opportunities, plus 4 guest passes.

Coral Reef Ambassadors Gift
Price: $500.00
Gift Certificate Valid For: Two named adults* and all household children (ages 3-17), plus priority registration for camps, 20% off at Splash! Cafe & Gift Shop, registration for 2 to a Sunset Scripps Pier Walk (seasonal, ages 9+), special access to conservation and educational opportunities, plus 4 guest passes.

 
Behind-the-Scenes Tours

Important Note

All participants are required to wear closed-toed shoes during the tour. Before purchasing, please read the FAQs for age, mobility, and clothing requirements.

Behind-the-Scenes: Seahorses
Regular Price: $95.00
Member Price: $80.00
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Get a glimpse of seahorse babies, learn about Birch Aquarium's renowned breeding program, and understand what it takes to care for these unusual fish. Discover how we can all help protect these unique animals and their homes on this immersive behind-the-scenes tour! Aquarium admission included. Refunds are not available for tours.

 
Behind-the-Scenes Gift

Behind-the-Scenes Tour Gift Vouchers

Purchasing a gift voucher allows the recipient to conveniently redeem the voucher for ticket(s) to one of our scheduled tours. Gift vouchers are emailed instantly to the purchaser after purchase.
 

Gift Voucher Sales are Final

Gift vouchers are non-refundable and not for resale. Gift vouchers hold no cash value and are not redeemable for cash. 

Seahorse Tour: Voucher for One
Price: $95.00
This gift voucher must be redeemed for one (1) Seahorse Tour ticket.

Vouchers are not tickets or reservations. Advance reservations are required. Tour availability is limited and walk-up reservations are not guaranteed.

Seahorse Tour: Voucher for Two
Price: $190.00
This gift voucher must be redeemed for two (2) Seahorse Tour tickets.

Vouchers are not tickets or reservations. Advance reservations are required. Tour availability is limited and walk-up reservations are not guaranteed.

Seahorse Tour: Voucher for Six
Price: $570.00
This gift voucher must be redeemed for six (6) Seahorse Tour tickets.

Vouchers are not tickets or reservations. Advance reservations are required. Tour availability is limited and walk-up reservations are not guaranteed.

 
In-Person Camps
Summer Camp registration for 2024 opens soon!
  • Sunday, Feb. 25: registration opens for Ocean Sponsor Membership and above
  • Tuesday, Feb. 27: registration opens for all members
  • Thursday, Feb. 29: registration opens for the general public

Sea Slugs
From $260.00
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Meets at Birch Aquarium
Ages 4-5: Learn about jiggling jellies, scuttling crabs, slip-sliding snails, toothy sharks, and massive mammals through hands-on activities, games, role-playing and of course....live animal touches! Cannot take morning and afternoon camps during the same week.
 
 Camp Time  5-Day Camp
 Public/Mem.
 3-Day Camp*
 Public/Mem.
 9 am-12 pm  $260/$245  $155/$145
 1-4 pm  $250/$235  $150/$140
*3-Day Camp is only 7/1-7/3 and is prorated due to the holiday.

Sea Squirts
From $260.00
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Meets at Birch Aquarium
Ages 4-5: Explore teeming tide pools, enchanted kelp forests, colorful coral reefs, and blue open ocean through hands-on classroom activities, aquarium exhibits, games, crafts, and live animal touches! Cannot take morning and afternoon camps during the same week.
 
 Camp Time  5-Day Camp
 Public/Mem.
 9 am-12 pm  $260/$245
 1-4 pm  $250/$235

Only One Ocean
From $470.00
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Meets at Birch Aquarium
Ages 6-7: Learn about unique ocean habitats as you embark on a global high-seas adventure! From the Arctic to the deep sea, we’ll explore exhibits, play games, and bring home crafty mementos highlighting the unforgettable voyage to amazing marine environments.
 
 Camp Time  5-Day Camp
 Public/Mem.
 3-Day Camp*
 Public/Mem.
 9 am-4 pm  $470/$445  $280/$265
*3-Day Camp is only 7/1-7/3 and is prorated due to the holiday.

Underwater Playground
From $470.00
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Meets at Birch Aquarium
Ages 6-7: Discover how sharks, otters, turtles, penguins, and sea stars grow and survive in their watery homes. Make and take home fun crafts highlighting these exciting discoveries. Featuring hands-on classroom activities, aquarium exhibits, games, and live animal touches!
 
 Camp Time  5-Day Camp
 Public/Mem.
 9 am-4 pm  $470/$445

Coastal Inspirations
From $470.00
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Meets at 3 Locations
Birch Aquarium: 3 days | Scripps Beach: 1 day | La Jolla Cove: 1 day

Ages 8-10: Explore our creativity through various crafty projects and let your scientific discoveries inspire your art! Featuring hands-on classroom activities, aquarium exhibits, games, and live animal touches!
 
 Camp Time  5-Day Camp
 Public/Mem.
 9 am-4 pm  $470/$445

Seaside Science
From $470.00
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Meets at 2 Locations
Birch Aquarium: 3 days | Scripps Beach: 2 days

Ages 8-10: Learn about fascinating discoveries in marine biology, chemistry, meteorology, geology, and zoology. Discover the natural world and those we share it with through fun classroom experiments, outdoor explorations, aquarium exhibits, games, and animal interactions.
 
 Camp Time  5-Day Camp
 Public/Mem.
 3-Day Camp*
 Public/Mem.
 9 am-4 pm  $470/$445  $280/$265
*3-Day Camp is only 7/1-7/3 and is prorated due to the holiday.

Ocean Adventures
From $600.00
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Meets offsite every day
Ages 11-13: Experienced instructors will teach basic surfing, boogie-boarding, and snorkeling skills, while introducing campers to related marine science topics such as waves, water temperature, beach landscape, and near-shore marine life. Intermediate swimming ability and comfort in beach and ocean settings required.
 
 Camp Time  5-Day Camp
 Public/Mem.
 3-Day Camp*
 Public/Mem.
 9:30 am-3:30 pm  $600/$570  $360/$340
*3-Day Camp is only 7/1-7/3 and is prorated due to the holiday.

Surfing Into Science
From $600.00
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Meets at Scripps Beach
Ages 11-13: Dive into the perfect blend of ocean sports, beach exploration, and marine science discoveries. Hone your surfing, snorkeling, and oceanographic skills as you learn how beach features play important roles in the waves we ride and observe animals that share the water with us. Intermediate swimming ability and comfort in beach and ocean settings required.
 
 Camp Time  5-Day Camp
 Public/Mem.
 9:30 am-3:30 pm  $600/$570

 
Oceans at Night
Don't miss out on this new nighttime 21+ event featuring live music, cocktails, and games galore!

Event Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Must be 21+ (photo ID required)

Oceans at Night: Adult
Regular Price: $30.00
Member Price: $27.00

March Event: COMING SOON

Member Pre-Sale: Tues. 2/27 (noon)
Public Release: Thurs. 2/29 (noon)
Session Oceans at Night: Thursday, March 28, 2024 6:30PM - 9:30PM COMING SOON

Oceans at Night: Adult - Upgrade
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $67.50
Upgraded Experience: 7:00 - 7:45 p.m.
A 45-minute upgraded, immersive experience with a Scripps Oceanography scientist highlighting ocean phenomena that occur at night. Includes event admission (6:30-9:30 p.m.) and one complimentary beverage.
 

March Event: COMING SOON

Ticket Release: Thurs. 2/29 (noon)
Session Glow Experience: Thursday, March 28, 2024 7:00PM - 7:45PM COMING SOON

 
Lectures

Jeffrey B. Graham Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture Series

 
The Jeffrey B. Graham Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture Series features engaging presentations on research conducted worldwide by scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. 

Seating is limited and advanced reservations are required for all guests, including members.  

Perspectives Lecture
Regular Price: $12.00
Member Price: $0.00

Lecture Time: 7 - 8 p.m.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Session California Against the Sea: Monday, March 11, 2024 7:00PM - 8:00PM AVAILABLE

 
Outdoor Adventures
Explore the natural world during an Outdoor Adventure! From tidepooling adventures to sunset Scripps Pier walks, you won’t want to miss these unforgettable experiences led by Birch Aquarium naturalists. Limited capacity; advanced registration required.
 

Tidepooling Adventures at Dike Rock
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $20.00
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Location: Dike Rock
Explore a local tide pool with a Birch Aquarium naturalist and learn about the animals that make their homes in this ever-changing environment. Discover the importance of tide pool habitats to our local coastlines and what you can do to protect them. For ages 3+ (children ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult).

Tidepooling Adventures at False Point
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $20.00
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Location: False Point
Explore a local tide pool with a Birch Aquarium naturalist and learn about the animals that make their homes in this ever-changing environment. Discover the importance of tide pool habitats to our local coastlines and what you can do to protect them. For ages 3+ (children ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult).