Located in La Jolla, this is the largest oceanographic museum in the country. It puts you front and center with more than 3,000 fish. Check out the giant octopus, the two-story kelp tank full of fish, and a 13,000-gallon shark tank. Kids love the Tide Pool Plaza, overlooking the gorgeous Pacific, where touching is required! Don’t miss the camouflage tank where frogs, stingrays, sea horses, sea dragons and crabs hide in plain sight either.
Admission for adults is $11, kids ages 3 to 17 are $7.50 and kids 3 and under are free to enter.