San Diego Aquariums

For fans of marine wildlife, or for those who are simply looking for fun things to do with the family, there are a number of places where those staying in a San Diego short term rental can view marine animals. Some locations offer a much larger variety of marine wildlife to view than others, but all of them have something for fans to take in.

Birch Aquarium
Located at 2300 Expedition Way in La Jolla is Birch Aquarium. At the aquarium, visitors can view over 3,000 animals, with around 380 species represented. Some of the exhibits at the aquarium include the Hall of Fishes, Shark Reef, and There’s Something About Seahorses, which is an exhibit devoted entirely to seahorses. There are also educational exhibits that visitors can view that provide information about various types of marine wildlife. The aquarium is open all year (though it does close for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s) and is open seven days a week. Hours are from 9 am to 5 pm. Ticket prices are in seven categories: Adult, Teen, Child, Senior, UCSD Student/Staff, College Student, and Children 2 and Under.

SeaWorld San Diego
SeaWorld is one of the most recognizable destinations for viewing marine wildlife, and San Diego is home to one. The park can be found at 500 Sea World Drive. There are many types of marine animals to view at the park, including killer whales, sharks, turtles, sea lions, dolphins, and many different fish species. Perhaps the most recognizable attraction is Shamu the Killer Whale. In addition, the park holds fireworks shows at night during the spring and summer months. The schedule for these shows can be viewed at the Sea World San Diego website. SeaWorld San Diego is open all year, and is open seven days a week. Hours tend to vary, but again, the schedule can be viewed at the park’s website. Tickets come in Adult and Child 3-9 prices, and can be purchased online or right at the gate.

Living Coast Discovery Center
Living Coast Discovery Center is not exclusively an aquarium. While there is marine life to view at the center, there are land animals, as well. The center is located at 1000 Gunpowder Point Drive in Chula Vista. There is a Turtle Lagoon exhibit at the center where visitors can see Eastern Pacific green turtles. Visitors can also watch them fed at 1:30 each day. In addition, the center also holds a Shark and Ray exhibit, which features various species of sharks and stingrays. The center allows visitors to touch the stingrays as they swim by in the pool. Living Coast Discover Center is open all year long (except for Thanksgiving and Christmas), seven days a week. Hours are from 10 am to 5 pm. Tickets come in five price groups: Adults, Children 4-17, Children 0-3, Seniors, and Students. Additionally, veterans (active or retired), first responders, and families of veterans and first responders all receive discounted prices for tickets.

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