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General Admission
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Apply Tickets towards your Membership
Tickets purchased online and from our ticket booth can be applied towards a Yearly Membership. Please go to the Visitor Services Office for more Information.

Group Rates
Do you have family visiting? Do you want to purchase tickets for your employees to visit the aquarium? Purchase 10 or more tickets and receive the Group Price. This price is automatically applied once 10 or more tickets have been added to your shopping cart. Group rate discounts are only available online.

Oversized Vehicles
Please note that oversized vehicles such as buses (school or charter), RVs, and trailers are not permitted to park in the Birch Aquarium parking lot. There is limited large vehicle parking available along La Jolla Shores Drive, west of Birch Aquarium.

General Admission - Adult
Regular Price: $19.50
Group Price: $16.50
Single Day Adult: General Admission 
Only valid as general admission to the aquarium from 9a.m.-5p.m.

Not applicable for special events, programs, or concerts.

General Admission - Senior
Regular Price: $16.50
Group Price: $13.50
Single Day Senior (60+): General Admission 
Only valid as general admission to the aquarium from 9a.m.-5p.m.

Not applicable for special events, programs, or concerts.

General Admission - Child
Regular Price: $15.00
Group Price: $12.00
Single Day Child: General Admission 
Only valid as general admission to the aquarium from 9a.m.-5p.m.


Not applicable for special events, programs, or concerts.

General Admission - Student
Regular Price: $16.00
Group Price: $13.00
Single Day Student (College): General Admission 
Only valid as general admission to the aquarium from 9a.m.-5p.m.

Not applicable for special events, programs, or concerts.
 
Summer Learning Adventure Camps
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From the classroom to the aquarium, our accredited camps merge scientific exploration with hands-on fun and learning. Campers investigate marine habitats, create ocean art projects, learn about careers in oceanography, and combine the science and sports of surfing and snorkeling - all while making new friends and memories.

Public Registration: March 12, 2019
Online starting at 12 a.m. (PST)

Registration opens to all members and the public on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. This will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Any questions? Please contact our friendly staff by phone or email.
phone: 858-534-7336
email: birchaquariumprograms@ucsd.edu

Sea Squirts (Ages 4-5)
Regular Price: $250.00
Member Price: $225.00
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Meets at Birch Aquarium
Capacity: 10 campers per session


Ages 4-5: Learn about the amazing habitats found across the sea and the interesting animals that reside there. This camp features stories, crafts, hands-on animal encounters, and aquarium visits.

Can only enroll in a morning or afternoon camp, not both.
Birth certificates must be provided before the first day of camp.

Sea Slugs (Ages 4-5)
Regular Price: $250.00
Member Price: $225.00
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Meets at Birch Aquarium
Capacity: 10 campers per session


Ages 4-5: Explore the wonders found beneath the waves without leaving the aquarium. Learn about jiggling jellies, slip-sliding snails, toothy sharks, and massive mammals. Enjoy hands-on activities, games, role-playing, and live animals. Meets at the aquarium every day.

Can only enroll in a morning or afternoon camp, not both.
Birth certificates must be provided before the first day of camp.

Only One Ocean (Ages 6-7)
Regular Price: $300.00
Member Price: $270.00
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Meets at Birch Aquarium
Capacity: 20 campers per session


Ages 6-7: Learn about unique ocean habitats as you embark on a high-seas adventure around the world. Travel to a new location each day and discover the rare and amazing animals that live there. Meets at the aquarium every day.

Ocean Playground (Ages 6-7)
Regular Price: $300.00
Member Price: $270.00
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Meets at Birch Aquarium
Capacity: 20 campers per session


Ages 6-7: What would it be like to grow up in the ocean? Discover how sharks, otters, turtles, penguins, and sea stars grow and survive in their watery homes. Camp features stories, interactive games, aquarium visits, and live animal interactions.

Seaside Explorations (Ages 8-9)
Regular Price: $400.00
Member Price: $360.00
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Meets at Birch Aquarium, Mission Point, Scripps Beach
Capacity: 15 campers per session


Ages 8-9: Learn to be a scientist by exploring the aquarium and San Diego's seaside. Develop an understanding of the natural world through hands-on activities and investigations. Meets at the aquarium three days and offsite for two days at Mission Point and Scripps Beach.

Note: Does not include aquatic sports.

Ocean Inspirations (Ages 8-9)
Regular Price: $400.00
Member Price: $360.00
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Meets at Birch Aquarium, Scripps Beach, La Jolla Cove
Capacity: 15 campers per session


Ages 8-9: Have you ever been inspired by the ocean? Use the ocean and its animals as inspiration to make science connections and create art projects. Meets at the aquarium three days and offsite for two days at Scripps Beach and La Jolla Cove.

Note: Does not include aquatic sports.
Session Week 7: Mon, Aug 5, 2019 - Fri, Aug 9, 2019 9:30AM - 3:30PM   WAIT LIST

Snorkel 101 (Ages 10-12)
Regular Price: $350.00
Member Price: $315.00
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Meets at Mission Point, Scripps Beach, La Jolla Cove
Capacity: 15 campers per session


Ages 10-12: Have you ever seen an octopus, touched a brittle star, or taken a swim with a fish? Explore local marine habitats and enjoy live animal encounters as you take the plunge this summer to learn the fun and easy sport of snorkeling. Meets offsite at Mission Point, Scripps Beach, and La Jolla Cove.

Intermediate swimming ability is required.

Marine Biologist (Ages 10-12)
Regular Price: $300.00
Member Price: $270.00
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Meets at Birch Aquarium
Capacity: 20 campers per session


Ages 10-12: Experience what it takes to be a marine biologist through hands-on activities, dissections, beach sampling, and a trip to Scripps Pier. Learn the techniques and tools scientists use to explore the biological ocean realm.

Note: Does not include aquatic sports.

Ocean Adventures (Ages 10-12)
Regular Price: $500.00
Member Price: $450.00
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Meets at Mission Point, Scripps Beach, La Jolla Shores
Capacity: 15 campers per session


Ages 10-12: Surf, snorkel, and practice hands-on oceanography. Learn basic surfing, body-boarding, and snorkeling skills while encountering marine science topics such as waves, rip currents, and near-shore marine life.

Intermediate swimming ability required.

Be An Oceanographer (Ages 13-15)
Regular Price: $300.00
Member Price: $270.00
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Meets at offsite on Scripps campus
Capacity: 20 campers per session


Ages 13-15: Get a glimpse into Scripps Oceanography by visiting scientists in their labs. See what it's like to be an oceanographer through hands-on experiments and eld explorations.

Note: Does not include aquatic sports.

Surfing Into Science (Ages 13-15)
Regular Price: $500.00
Member Price: $450.00
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Meets at Scripps Beach
Capacity: 15 campers per session


Ages 13-15: Dive into ocean sports, beach exploration, and marine science activities. Hone your surfing and body boarding skills as you discover the science of the ocean. Meets offsite every day at Scripps Beach.

Intermediate swimming ability is required.

 
Annual Memberships
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Visit all year long, enjoy oceans of savings and help support Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

Membership Benefits:
• Free aquarium admission for one year
• Discounts on public programs
• Exclusive Members-only events
• Free guest passes
• Printed quarterly issues of the OnBoard newsletter
• Discounts to Gift Shop and Splash! Cafe
• E-communications from Birch Aquarium and Scripps Oceanography
• The satisfaction of supporting ocean conservation for future generations

Thinking of purchasing a membership for someone else? Gift memberships are a great way to give someone a year of ocean fun and exploration!

Individual
Price: $55.00

Individual Membership includes:
One adult*, 10% off at Splash! Cafe and Gift Shop, plus 2 guest passes, a $39 value

*Special $10 savings on memberships for seniors (60+), military, UCSD faculty or staff, and students (with valid ID). These discounts can only be applied by calling the Membership Office at 858-534-5771 or in person at the aquarium.


Dual
Price: $75.00
Dual Membership includes:
2 named adults* (or 1 named adult and 1 guest), 10% off at Splash! Cafe and Gift Shop, plus 4 guest passes, a $78 value

*Special $10 savings on memberships for seniors (60+), military, UCSD faculty or staff, and students (with valid ID). These discounts can only be applied by calling the Membership Office at 858-534-5771 or in person at the aquarium.

Family
Price: $94.00
Family Membership includes:
2 named adults* (or 1 named adult and 1 guest) plus four children or grandchildren between the ages of 3 and 17, 10% off at Splash! Cafe and Gift Shop*, plus 4 guest passes, a $78 value

*Special $10 savings on memberships for seniors (60+), military, UCSD faculty or staff, and students (with valid ID). These discounts can only be applied by calling the Membership Office at 858-534-5771 or in person at the aquarium.

Aquarium Associates
Price: $150.00
Aquarium Associate Membership includes:
2 named adults (or 1 named adult plus 1 guest) and all household children or grandchildren, advanced registration for summer camps; 20% off at Splash! Cafe and Gift Shop, plus 4 guest passes, a $78 value

Ocean Sponsors
Price: $250.00
Ocean Sponsors Membership includes:
2 named adults (or 1 named adult and 1 guest) and all household children or grandchildren, plus advanced registration for summer camps; special conservation and educational VIP previews; 20% off at Splash! Cafe and Gift Shop, plus 4 guest passes, a $78 value

Coral Reef Ambassadors
Price: $500.00
Coral Reef Ambassadors Membership includes:
2 named adults (or 1 named adult and 1 guest) and all household children or grandchildren, plus advanced registration for summer camps; special conservation and educational VIP previews; two free tickets to a Green Flash Concert with advance registration; 20% off at Splash! Cafe and Gift Shop, plus 4 guest passes, a $78 value

Join Friends of Birch Aquarium, an annual giving society that furthers the aquarium's mission to provide ocean science education, to interpret Scripps Oceanography research, and promote ocean conservation. Your gift of $1000 or more through Friends of Birch Aquarium brings you into a more integral relationship with Birch Aquarium, including an exclusive aquarium membership, invitation to our annual breakfast, exclusive tour opportunities, special access, and more.

 
College Student On Assignment Tickets
If you are a college student looking to purchase a single admission ticket to visit Birch Aquarium at Scripps for a class assignment, you have come to the right place! Our College Student On Assignment Ticket is only available for purchase online. If you purchase your ticket from the ticket booth, it will be the College Student Single-Day Ticket, which is $15.00 per student (with valid ID).

College Student On Assignment
Price: $12.00
You must purchase your ticket online in order to receive this discounted rate. Please download the ticket to your mobile device OR print your ticket to be scanned upon entrance. Ticket holder MUST show current college student ID or class schedule at the time of ticket redemption.

Current ticket purchases are valid through August 31, 2019.

College Student admission at the ticket booth: $16
Valid: Wed, Aug 1, 2018 - Sat, Aug 31, 2019   AVAILABLE

 
Green Flash Concert Series Individual Tickets
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General Concert Admission
This unique concert series combines live music with panoramic ocean views on the aquarium's stunning outdoor Tide-Pool Plaza. Savory bites, craft beers, and wines are available for purchase at the event. Online sales end at 5:30 pm on the day of the concert. If available, tickets can be purchased at the door on the evening of the concert starting at 5:30 pm.

Pricing: Pre-Purchase Only
General Public: $38.00*
Members: $33.00*


*Plus a $6 handling fee per ticket on all purchases (online, phone, and in person).

Pricing: Door
Walk-Up (all): $44.00

Concerts are held rain or shine. All sales final.

Please Note: Must be Ages 21+ and ID will be checked at the door. Concerts are standing room only. Gate opens at 5:30 pm. Concert admission is not valid prior to this time.

Concert #4: August
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $33.00
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The Mother Hips
August 14, 2019 - 5:30p.m.-9:00p.m.

Through countless headline shows, massive festival appearances, and dates with everyone from Johnny Cash and Wilco to Lucinda Williams and The Black Crowes, The Mother Hips have spent two-and-a-half decades at the forefront of a new breed of California rock and roll.

All guests must be 21+ and will need to provide a photo ID. Please DOWNLOAD your ticket on your mobile device or PRINT your ticket to redeem at the gate.

This purchase has a handling fee.

Session The Mother Hips: Wed, Aug 14, 2019 5:30PM - 9:00PM   AVAILABLE

Concert #5: September
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $33.00
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10,000 Maniacs (Individual Sales: SOLD OUT)
September 18, 2019 - 5:30p.m.-9:00p.m.

The band has covered plenty of ground in its 35-plus years, from cult-herodom to international stardom, to their current status as a cornerstone alternative band. But the sound and spirit of 10,000 Maniacs remains consistent.

All guests must be 21+ and will need to provide a photo ID. Please DOWNLOAD your ticket on your mobile device or PRINT your ticket to redeem at the gate.

This purchase has a handling fee.

 
Green Flash Concert Series VIP Tickets
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VIP Experience
VIP admission includes special entrance with no line, upstairs seating with a beautiful view from our Director's Deck, two drink tickets, and a gourmet meal with paired appetizers. If you would like to upgrade non-VIP tickets, please call 858-534-7336.

Pricing: $150.00*
*Plus a $6 handling fee per ticket on all purchases (online, phone, and in person).

Concerts are held rain or shine. All sales final.

Please Note: Must be Ages 21+ and ID will be checked at the door. Concerts are standing room only. Gate opens at 5:30 pm. Concert admission is not valid prior to this time.

VIP DECK Concert #4: August
Price: $150.00
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VIP Experience: The Mother Hips
August 14, 2019 - 5:30p.m.-9:00p.m.

Through countless headline shows, massive festival appearances, and dates with everyone from Johnny Cash and Wilco to Lucinda Williams and The Black Crowes, The Mother Hips have spent two-and-a-half decades at the forefront of a new breed of California rock and roll.

All guests must be 21+ and will need to provide a photo ID. Please DOWNLOAD your ticket on your mobile device or PRINT your ticket to redeem at the gate.

Processing Fee: $6.00*
*This fee is charged on all transactions (online, phone, and in person).​

Session The Mother Hips: Wed, Aug 14, 2019 5:30PM - 9:00PM   AVAILABLE

VIP DECK Concert #5: September
Price: $150.00
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VIP Experience: 10,000 Maniacs (SOLD OUT)
September 18, 2019 - 5:30p.m.-9:00p.m.

The band has covered plenty of ground in its 35-plus years, from cult-herodom to international stardom, to their current status as a cornerstone alternative band. But the sound and spirit of 10,000 Maniacs remains consistent.

All guests must be 21+ and will need to provide a photo ID. Please DOWNLOAD your ticket on your mobile device or PRINT your ticket to redeem at the gate.

Processing Fee: $6.00*
*This fee is charged on all transactions (online, phone, and in person).


 
Outdoor Adventures
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Birch Aquarium at Scripps offers Outdoor Adventures--such as Tidepooling, Grunion Run, and Full Moon Pier Walks--with our naturalists. These programs vary by season and are determined by local weather patterns and conditions.

Please note that these activities have limited capacities and pre-registration is required to attend.

Pier Walks
Regular Price: $35.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Walk along the Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier, normally closed to the public, on an exclusive tour. Participants will learn about the history of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and current research projects, while collecting plankton, performing experiments, and learning more about the life below the pier.

Advanced registration required. All participants are required to purchase a ticket. Children must be a minimum age of 9+ (minors must be accompanied by a paid adult).

Does not meet at Birch Aquarium.

Snorkel with the Leopard Sharks
Regular Price: $30.00
Member Price: $25.00
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Dive in with aquarium naturalists to explore the underwater world of leopard sharks, guitarfish, rays, and other creatures that call our local marine reserve home. Intermediate swimming ability is required and previous snorkeling experience is recommended. Participants must supply their own gear.

Advanced registration required. All participants are required to purchase a ticket. For ages 10+ (minors must be accompanied by a paid adult).