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Take a Virtual Dive Into The Birch Aquarium

The Birch Aquarium, housed under UC San Diego, is one of the city’s underrated gems. While often overshadowed by the San Diego Zoo, the aquarium has so much to offer tourists and locals alike. This San Diego aquarium is now open to the public, but there’s still plenty to enjoy from the comfort of our Mission Valley apartments. Here are some of the best activities to do from your home at West Park.

Live Cams

Like many other zoos and aquariums, Birch hosts livestreams of some of their most popular exhibits. You’re sure to find joy and awe in their Kelp and Seadragon Cams. The Kelp Cam will amaze you with its bustling community of fish traveling in an underwater forest. The Seadragon Cam is no less fascinating as the weedy and gentle creatures float through their gorgeous, rocky environment.

Fun Activities

The Birch Aquarium also has a great collection of at-home DIY activities. These activities are perfect for both fun and learning new things, no matter your age. Activities range from upcycling projects to scavenger hunts to coloring pages. You’re free to take your pick, but you’ll definitely want to try them all out. These are also great to do with friends and family with social distancing considerations.

Get Educated

The Birch Aquarium is run by UCSD’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography. That means this San Diego aquarium isn’t just for show. An amazing team of scientists and researchers study ocean life as well as our impact on the planet. Their work is astonishing, and you can find out what they’re up to on their news site. You can also check out their YouTube channel to hear talks from resident experts on some of the hottest topics in the field.

The San Diego aquarium isn’t the only attraction with online fun in the city. Check out these virtual art museum visits, too. For more local suggestions and lifestyle tips, visit our blog. To join our San Diego pet-friendly apartments, please contact us to schedule a tour.

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