Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Unique Venue Features

  • Runner-Up: Outdoor Event Space
  • Best of Awards - Unique Venues

Event Types Welcomed

Adult Social Events
Corporate Social Events
Family Reunions
Leisure Travel
Professional Meeting / Training / Conference / Retreats
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Youth Retreat/Camps

Unique Venue Feature

Unique Virtual Experiences
Birch Aquarium at Scripps provides a variety of curated private experiences that educate and engage while creating memorable connections between people and animals. Your unique experience directly supports Birch Aquarium’s mission to connect understanding to protecting our ocean planet. Virtual animal encounters are an especially thrilling opportunity for participants to experience the wow of the underwater world first hand. Guests will virtually come face to face with exciting creatures including a rescued Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Leopard Sharks, seahorses, seadragons, and more. Learn more about the ocean by adding on an unique virtual experience program. These programs will offer your guests the opportunity to observe, interact and inquire about the ocean with an expert aquarium educator. Suitable for audiences of all ages, these experiences will surely delight and entertain any group.

Learn More & Book 


Located high on a bluff with dramatic ocean views, Birch Aquarium at Scripps is a unique and engaging venue for any La Jolla event. Our one-of-a-kind facility includes more than 60 diverse marine habitats and features a two-story Giant Kelp Tank where guests feel surrounded by the ocean world. Your rental is exclusive, and you and your guests will be able to enjoy exhibits and panoramic views at your leisure. Birch Aquarium is the public outreach center for the renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, and your guests will dive deeper into the cutting-edge research being done to understand, protect, and preserve the planet.

Your La Jolla event directly supports Birch Aquarium’s mission. Not only will an event at Birch Aquarium create lasting memories, it also supports exhibits, animal care, and education programs that inspire ocean conservation. Our experienced Special Events Team is here to help you create memorable events for conventions, corporate events, professional events, academic retreats, wedding receptions and ceremonies, social organizations, and family occasions. Let us provide a La Jolla event space that your guests will remember for a lifetime!

Featured Amenities

Accessible Facilities
In-House Catering
Outdoor Space
Paid Parking

Venue Location + Transportation


2300 Expedition Way,

La Jolla La Jolla, 92037



Nearby Airport

San Diego International Airport - 15 minutes


Parking on Site: Yes

Nearby Cities

San Diego, La Jolla, Del Mar, Carlsbad

Things to Know


Must Use In-House Catering: Yes

External Catering Allowed: No

Can Bring In Own Food: No

Cultural Catering Available: Yes

Venue Policies

Alcohol Consumption: Yes

Smoking Permitted: No

ADA Accessible: Yes

Pet Friendly: No