If you are wondering what to do in San Diego today, at some point you probably consider a trip to the Pacific Ocean. But maybe you don’t want to deal with the sand and the cold ocean water. If that’s the case, head over to Birch Aquarium at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography for an undersea adventure that doesn’t require a wetsuit.
Birch Aquarium features more than sixty exhibits recreating ocean habitats both local and from the Pacific Northwest, the Caribbean, and Mexico. Arguably its most impressive feature is the giant indoor aquarium with walls of glass that allow you to peer into a kelp forest just like the ones found off the coast of La Jolla. Through the glass you can see giant sea bass, garibaldi, and more swimming and eating. It’s easier and cheaper than scuba diving, and one of the top things to do in San Diego. Other exhibits include leopard sharks and sea dragons which are not to be missed. Of course, you will also want to spend some time wandering around the patio and gazing down over the cliffs towards Scripps Pier and the crashing waves of the Pacific below.
Admission to the aquarium is $18.50 for adults, $15.00 for students, $15.50 for seniors, and $14.00 for kids age 3 to 17. There is also a $2 discount per ticket for active military. The Birch Aquarium is open from 9:00AM to 5:00PM daily, and also offers special guided tours including snorkeling tours and whale watching trips for an additional price. If you are trying to think of things to do in San Diego tonight and it’s summertime, you’re in luck as the aquarium hosts its Green Flash concert series outside all summer long. Featuring top musical acts from the past and present, the Green Flash concert series is a can’t miss experience.
Funbassadors can arrange for a visit to the Birch Aquarium and maybe even add on a ticket to an incredible musical performance that’s part of the Green Flash concert series after pointing out all of the highlights inside the aquarium. Funseekers get to purchase a FunGig that includes admission to the aquarium and a tour from an in-the-know local who knows the best exhibits and the best spots outside to watch the sunset or see an awesome band.