We’ve been Seaworld annual pass holders for years and love it. But San Diego does have two great alternatives to the big shows and big crowds of Seaworld, and they are both offering special reasons to visit this month.
On January 21 from 11am until 4pm, ocean enthusiasts will learn about marine protected areas or “underwater parks” during the Aquarium’s fourth annual Underwater Parks Day. This event is an effort by Southern California aquariums to explain the need for marine protected areas that replenish fish populations and restore the health of coastal waters.
SEA LIFE will host kid-friendly activities including prize giveaways, a special underwater dive show, an educational craft event, a conservation expo with hands-on exhibits and more. Tickets for kids (3–12) are $15 and $20 for adults.
To mark 20 years at its current location along Expedition Way in La Jolla, Birch Aquarium at Scripps is offering San Diego County residents half-off admission on the 20th of every month through this September.
The special deal is valid for residents living in zip codes 91901-92199 who will be asked to show a valid ID to receive the offer (limit two children per paid adult; cannot be combined with other offers).
Aquarium visitors can explore more than 60 marine tanks teeming with fish, corals and invertebrates from the chilly waters of the Pacific Northwest to the warm currents of the tropical seas. A showcase 70,000-gallon tank houses a forest of gently swaying kelp, treating visitors to a serene view of a complex marine community that flourishes off the San Diego coast.
In addition to marine-life exhibits, the aquarium showcases ocean and earth science in its interactive, award-winning museum. Boundless Energy, the aquarium’s newest exhibit, opened last summer. This outdoor, interactive playground – celebrating ways we can harness clean energy from the planet – is a natural extension of Feeling the Heat: The Climate Challenge, an adjacent exhibit that presents the science of global climate change.
You can’t go wrong with a trip to SEA LIFE or Birch Aquarium, and even better is a FREE outing to each. Leave your comment with which aquarium you’d most like to visit for your chance to win a family 4-pack of tickets!