Instead of testing our patience and level-headed ability to ignore obnoxious tourist crowds, we decided to forgo a trip to Sea World while in San Diego, and visit the Birch Aquarium instead. Located at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, the aquarium sits on top of a huge hill with a beautiful view of the water.
The first weekend of the month, all BofA members get into the museum for free. Random, I know. But at least it helped three out of four of us get in and skip the $11 price tag per ticket (me, the not so lucky one).
It was beautiful! I loved seeing all the colorful fish, Dory from Finding Nemo, and my favorite, the baby seahorses. I was completely freaked out by the octopus though, and pretty much scooted by that tank in 2 seconds flat. Something about them makes my skin crawl!
We poked anenomes and sea cucumbers, and stared out at the gorgeous view. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this aquarium as a must see, unless you are bored and it's the first weekend of the month and have BofA, or need to entertain small children. It was missing the big woooah factor that is caused by man-eating sharks, giant whales and deep sea creatures that should never be brought to the surface. But cute fish, sea cucumbers & seahorses can keep my easily entertained mind distracted, so I had a great time!