Today's Groupon is crawling with sea cucumbers, wrapped in a two-spot octopus, and topped with a cute chambered nautilus. Visit the Birch Aquarium at Scripps in La Jolla for $6—half off the usual $12 adult admission. Birch Aquarium at Scripps is packed with marvelous marine life and is dedicated to ocean-science education, research, and ocean conservation. As the public exploration center for the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, Birch Aquarium at Scripps is where the wildest watery things are.
The center offers dozens of ways to encounter animals in a mirrored image of their natural surroundings. Finger graze sauntering rays in a state-of-the-art, 21,000-galloon aquarium, spy on leopard sharks and guitar fish, or admire preening sea turtles basking in a lagoon. Chula Vista also boasts an underwater wonder zone featuring majestic sea horses, spotted octopus, and moon jelly. Peep through circular portal windows to observe the aquatic or sandy exploits of some of the area's most dramatic native inhabitants (lobsters, spiny lizards, exploding ants, etc.).