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PUBLIC PROGRAMS | ​E: birchaquariumprogram@ucsd.edu | ​P: (858) 534-7336
VISITOR SERVICES | ​E: aquariuminfo@ucsd.edu | ​P: (858) 534-3474
 
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
Valid as General Admission only. Not applicable for special events, programs, or concerts.

General Admission - Senior
Regular Price: $16.50
Group Price: $13.50
Single Day Senior (60+)
Valid as General Admission only. Not applicable for special events, programs, or concerts.

General Admission - Child
Regular Price: $15.00
Group Price: $12.00
Single Day Child
Valid as General Admission only. Not applicable for special events, programs, or concerts.

General Admission - Student
Regular Price: $16.00
Group Price: $13.00
Single Day Student
Valid as General Admission only. Not applicable for special events, programs, or concerts.
 
Gift Membership Holiday Special
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Gift Membership Certificates
Do all of your holiday shopping at once with the gift of membership! This holiday season we have a special offer on gift certificates for new memberships. From now until December 25, gift membership certificates are $20 off at the Individual, Dual, Family, and Aquarium Associates Levels.

Gift membership certificates are delivered instantly! Upon completion of your purchase, you will receive a gift certificate via email. If you are already a member and are purchasing a gift membership for someone else, have your member number ready to enter during the purchasing process.

*Certificates do not apply to membership renewals. Available online only and may not be combined with other discounts. Offer ends December 25, 2018. For any questions please contact our Membership Office at 858-534-5771.

Individual Holiday
Price: $35.00

Individual Gift Membership Certificate
Visits all year long for one adult, 10% off at Splash! Cafe and Gift Shop, plus 2 guest passes, a $39 value


Dual Holiday
Price: $55.00
Dual Gift Membership Certificate
Visits all year long for 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

Family Holiday
Price: $74.00
Family Gift Membership Certificate
Visits all year long for 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

Aquarium Associates Holiday
Price: $130.00
Aquarium Associate Gift Membership Certificate
Visits all year long for 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

 
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 Season Pass: Special
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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.

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


Refund Policy:
Please note that all sales are final. Concerts are held rain or shine.

Season Pass: Early Bird Special
Regular Price: $165.00
Member Price: $150.00
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Early Bird Special
Green Flash Season Pass: General Concert Admission

Pre-purchase season passes to our Green Flash Concert Series! Save when you purchase a season pass instead of individual tickets. Take advantage of this limited-time offer and ensure a spot at all five concerts in this acclaimed series.

Processing Fee: $15.00*
*This fee is charged on all transactions (online, phone, and in person).​

Buying Multiple Passes?
Season Passes are added to your shopping cart one at a time. Click "Back to Shopping" on the page titled Shopping Cart if you would like to purchase additional Season Passes.
Valid: Wed, May 22, 2019 - Wed, Sep 18, 2019   AVAILABLE

 
Children's Birthday Parties
Our parties are designed for children ages 1-9. Our goal is to provide an educational and fun experience for the birthday child and all participants. Each party includes:
  • Aquarium admission for up to 20 participants (this counts all children and adults)
  • Private classroom with Birch Aquarium Instructor
  • Live animal encounter
  • Animal feeding interactions
  • Children's craft project relating to party theme
  • Birch Aquarium coloring book
  • 30-minute patio party* for cake and snacks (we do not provide food or drinks)
  • Three hours of free parking
  • Decorations**: tablecloths, birthday banners, streamers, etc.

*All food and beverages must be served on the Party Patio. These items cannot be served in the classroom.
**Please note that balloons are not allowed at Birch Aquarium as they are hazardous to marine environments.


Birthday Parties
Regular Price: $400.00
Member Price: $360.00
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Prices: The initial pricing provides for 20 participants, referring to ALL children and adults. You may add up to 10 additional participants for an additional fee.

Public: $400 for up to 20 party participants. $20 for each additional child and $10 for each additional adult

Members: $360 for up to 20 party participants. $18 for each additional child. $8 for each additional adult

Party Themes: We recommend selecting a party theme that is age-appropriate for the majority of children in attendance.
-Splish Splash Bash (Ages 1-3)
-All About Sharks (Ages 4-9)
-Sea-Fari Adventure (Ages 4-9)

 
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.

Tidepooling Adventures at Dike Rock
Regular Price: $18.00
Member Price: $15.00
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Visit a local tide pool to learn how these amazing habitats and their inhabitants truly survive "between a rock and a hard place." Our trained naturalists will show you how to tread lightly during your visit and how to protect and preserve these natural wonders.

Advanced registration is required. Ages 2+. All participants are required to purchase a ticket and minors must be accompanied by a paid adult.

Tidepooling Adventures at False Point
Regular Price: $18.00
Member Price: $15.00
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Visit a local tide pool to learn how these amazing habitats and their inhabitants truly survive "between a rock and a hard place." Our trained naturalists will show you how to tread lightly during your visit and how to protect and preserve these natural wonders.

Advanced registration is required. Ages 2+. All participants are required to purchase a ticket and minors must be accompanied by a paid adult.

 
Let it Glow!
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Let it Glow!
November 29, 2018 | Public: 6-8 p.m.
Members sneak preview: 5:30 p.m.


Celebrate the beauty of living light and discover how animals glow to survive! Get hands-on with glowing activities and meet scientists who study illuminating creatures. Enjoy decorations, lights, cocoa and cookies, live music, themed activities, and special photo opportunities. Members, arrive early for your special sneak preview. The first 400 members to arrive receive a 2018 commemorative collectible pin. All ages welcome!

Members: FREE**
Public Adults: $20 | Children (ages 3-17): $15
Children ages 2 & under are free

This is a special after-hours event. General admission discounts and coupons do not apply. **Member Guests Passes cannot be used for this special event.


Let it Glow! Member RSVP
Regular Price: $0.00
Member Price: $0.00
Members covered under your membership are free! You may also purchase tickets for your guests when you RSVP. **Member Guests Passes cannot be used for this special event.

Let it Glow! Adult Ticket
Price: $20.00
Public and non-member adult ticket.

Let it Glow! Child (3-17) Ticket
Price: $15.00
Public and non-member child (ages 3-17) ticket.

Let it Glow! Child (2 and Under) Ticket
Regular Price: $0.00
Member Price: $0.00
Member, public, and non-member child (ages 2 and under) ticket.