From octopuses to sea stars, hermit crabs and sea anemones, there is no shortage of life in San Diego’s tide pools.

Starting January 20, nature lovers will have the opportunity to explore local tide pools with a naturalist from Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego with the return of Tidepooling Adventures. 

During the 90-minute outing, guests will discover incredible animals that live in the intertidal zone, the rocky area that is exposed during low tide. Guests will also learn to safely navigate slippery rocks and spot the most elusive creatures in this rugged environment. 

Our local tide pools are home to an amazing variety of animals including snails, mussels, urchins, sea stars, small fish and octopus. 

Tickets for Tidepooling Adventures are on sale and make a great experience gift this holiday season. 

The weekend excursions begin on January 20 and run select Saturdays and Sundays through March. Dates and times vary based on tides. Tickets are $20 for aquarium members, $25 for the general public and advanced reservations are required.  Participants must be at least 3 years old and minors must be accompanied by a paid adult. For more details or to purchase tickets visit