The Birch Aquarium
Smaller and more intimate than other aquariums, the Birch Aquarium is one place where you can get close to all of the animals, and still take your time to simply enjoy being there. Due to its intimacy, adults and children alike are energized by the aquarium. You can watch an octopus flow up and down the glass, or watch a jellyfish move slowly through the water. This is an excellent thrill, for everyone in your family. The most popular exhibit at the Birch Aquarium is the sea horse exhibit. It offers many different species, from the tiny miniature sea horses that are under an inch tall, to the taller and more amazing sea dragons.
The many interactive exhibits at the aquarium will help you lean the history of oceanography. By taking a simulated trip in a deep water submersible, you'll learn the wonders and oddities of the deep ocean, even though it may move a bit too slow for smaller children. Children of all ages enjoy the exhibits that illustrate how the ocean products appear in every day items. If you are planning to take pictures of the exhibits, be aware of the glass and the reflections. If you can, move in close (around a foot away) and set your flash to a 45 degree angle.
Make sure that you don't get too wrapped up in taking photo's inside the aquarium - as you may end up missing the show going on outside. If you are visiting La Jolla as a vacation or if you live there, the Birch Aquarium is worth a visit. There are some amazing exhibits here, with something for everyone. You can spend hours and hours here, making it one place you shouldn't hesitate to check out. (word count 291) PPPPP.