San Diego Things To Do: In the beautiful seaside town of La Jolla is the official aquarium of the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Birch Aquarium. The facility boasts more than 5,000 animals from 380 species. Exhibits often include specimens from the Institute's collection of sharks, seahorses, and tropical fish.
The Birch Aquarium sits on a hilltop with sweeping views of the La Jolla Cove coastline from a terrace that also features a tide pool with many sea creatures that visitors can touch for themselves. The aquarium has many annual events throughout the calendar year.