The magic of the holidays meets the magic of the underwater world at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego during Birch Aquarium Seas ‘n’ Greetings, a month-long holiday celebration featuring SEAsonal activities for the whole family.
From Dec. 1 to 31, Birch Aquarium is transformed into a winter wonderland. Deck the Hall (of Fishes) and get into the holiday spirit every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Christmas and New Year’s Day). Enjoy fun, festive photo opportunities throughout the aquarium, plus holiday music and an interactive scavenger hunt complete with prizes for the littlest guests and holiday card-worthy ocean views!
Don’t miss the new jelly experience in the Tode Hall of Fishes, or the opportunity to touch juvenile sharks and other intertidal animals on Preuss Tide Pool Plaza.
For guests looking to get a head start on holiday shopping, Birch Aquarium’s Gift Shop offers a unique collection of ocean-themed gifts including toys, apparel, home decor, and accessories along with Birch Aquarium and Scripps Institution of Oceanography branded items.
For the first time this holiday season, Birch Aquarium has an online store where ocean lovers across the country can purchase ocean-themed gifts. The store can be found online here.
All holiday activities are included in admission, which is $24.95 for adults, $19.95 for children ages 3 to 17. Members and Children 2 and under are free. Annual memberships are also available and make great holiday gifts. Reservations are required to visit and face coverings are required for everyone 2 and up indoors and outdoors regardless of vaccination status. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit aquarium.ucsd.edu or call 858-534-FISH.