Birch Aquarium sits on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean in San Diego. It’s a research center open to the public and is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. Birch Aquarium dates from 1905, with the current one opening in 1992. It calls itself “an oceanographic museum” and the discoveries featured include work from ocean scientists. Also, the aquarium displays are simply lovely, with their bright colors and variety of sea life.
The mission of the aquarium is to “promote conservation through education and research, believing that with increased understanding of the ocean, people will respect and protect the marine environment.”
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Cost: $18.50 for adults; $14 for children; under age 2 free
Memberships are available.
Here’s more information on the aquariums, its location, and parking.