Birch Aquarium San Diego

Love aquariums? I do! There’s a great little aquarium tucked right into the La Jolla cove called the Birch Aquarium. A great place for all ages, this aquarium showcases jellyfish, a seahorse exhibit, climate change displays, sharks, a huge octopus and much more! The exhibit overlooks the Scripps Coastal Reserve and you can look at the beautiful view while you explore the Aquarium’s tide pools. Parking is free and close to the exhibit.  College students can go for as little as $7, Adult tickets are $17, and children tickets vary at lower prices They also offer senior and Military discounts.

 The display expands through two hallways, as well as the outdoor area. It’s not a very big exhibit, which is nice because it’s not overwhelming. If you’re looking for an educational aspect right on the beautiful coast, I suggest you take a look at the Birch Aquarium.

Snorkeling in La Jolla

 

La Jolla Cove is a beachside gem equip with restaurants, tourist attractions, gorgeous scenery, and marine life. There are many spots to lay your towel out and stretch in the sun or visit the local boutiques and fine eateries.  One popular tourist attraction is the La Jolla Cave in which you pay $5 and enter the cave by going down flights of stairs. The seals sunbathing on various rocks and beaches are another spectacle. You can see them up close and even lounge on the sand with them. One thing everyone should do when they visit the Cove is snorkel. You can rent snorkel equipment for as cheap as $5 for three hours, which is more than enough time. When I went this past weekend the water was unbelievably warm—no wetsuit needed. You can swim off of a beach or jump off cave rocks. The clear water allows you to shift through the kelp forests and observe the dark and neon orange fish below you.  It really is quite an experience! Fun for kids and adults. You can also swim, if you’re brave, into the caves. This is when you’ll get really close to the seals and aquatic birds hanging out on the rocks. When you’re done exploring you can dry off on the beach, visit the parks, or get something to eat. One thing to know—expect to use a parking garage. Parking is impossible in La Jolla Cove, so instead of wasting time looking for a spot go straight to the first garage you see. The cheapest one in La Jolla Cove is $10 for the whole day. If you’re looking for a little adventure this weekend check out La Jolla Cove with your friends and family!