One of the greatest things about San Diego, besides year round beach weather, is the fact there are so many ways to spend a Saturday. After living here for 7 years, I have slowly built a stockpile of knowledge about San Diego and the surrounding areas, yet I don’t frequently find myself sharing it, thus the local gem, so here is a San Diego institution I can get behind. I’m not a fan of Sea World and Birch Aquarium is a much less expensive, more educational and not capitalizing on training wild animals to do tricks for an audience. I want my daughter to learn the importance of taking care of the earth, because the truth is we aren’t inheriting the earth from our ancestors, we are borrowing it from our kids. The next generation is going to spend their lifetime cleaning up the messes we’ve made if we don’t start taking care of what we have.
Birch Aquariums is pretty small, you can do most of it in a couple of hours, but its really kid friendly which is nice since Harper is almost two and finally old enough to really be interested in things. They have tide pools where you can touch starfish and sea cucumbers, a shark tank, and lots of other cool stuff, a water table to show how water moves and you can manipulate the paths by taking out boards and moving them. Guy and I had more fun with this than Harper. They also have a pedal powered water fountain. Personally I am always enamored by the sea horses and the jelly fish, but really who isn’t? And it gets bonus points for the amazing view off of the back patio/tide pool area. Truly stunning panoramic shot of La Jolla.