Birch Aquarium at Scripps at San Diego Harbor Excursion,
Dec. 26 through March 30
Here"s a tip before heading out on a boat to celebrate the gray whale migration season: even if you"ve taken your Dramamine (which is recommended), avoid walking around deck. Stay in one spot, and you"ll have the best shot at not blowing chum over the side for the trolling sharks.
Other than that, whale watching can be a great time, especially for the youngsters. Scripps naturalists and assistants will be on each cruise to search for gray whales as they head for their breeding lagoons in Baja California, Mexico. A take-home information pack and coupons are part of the cruise. Kids ages 4-12 cost $15; adults are $25. The excursion cruises out of San Diego Harbor twice a day, at 10:15 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. And, you guessed it: it"s a three-hour tour.