Find What Hides In Local Tide Pools On A Tidepooling Adventure With Birch AquariumSee + Do Explore where the sea meets the shore
Visit a local tide pool for an amazing tidepooling adventure! Learn how these awesome habitats and their inhabitants truly survive between a rock and a hard place.
The Best Time For A Tidepooling Adventure
December through March particularly offers the best times for tidepooling in Southern California. This is because minus tides get lower and expose the hardy creatures that call the intersection of land and sea home.
On Tidepooling Adventures, Birch Aquarium naturalists show guests how to tread lightly and discover the unusual and captivating world of local tide pools. Though often surprisingly mistaken as lifeless, tide pools are generally home to unique and specialized creatures.
Tidepooling Adventure Locations
- Dike Rock
- North of Scripps Pier in La Jolla
- False Point in Bird Rock
At all locations, guests will look for crabs, seahares, abalone, and even tiny colorful nudibranch sea slugs. Naturalists will teach guests what to look for when it comes to searching for octopus dens. Learn how to safely look under rocks. Then train your eye to find even the most elusive creatures!
Furthermore, learn why most tide pools in San Diego are protected. Find out the true reason there are fewer sea stars in local tide pools these days.
See you there!