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Aquarium Of The Pacific Long Beach

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Aquarium Of The Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach
CA
90802
Tel: 562 590-3100

Where are we going today?

Did you know that the Pacific Ocean is the LARGEST ocean in the entire world? How about exploring it! Don't worry, we don't mean actually getting out INTO the ocean - we just mean visiting the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach!

This very large family aquarium has 19 major habitats and 32 exhibits to explore - that will certainly fill your day with ocean fun!

Aquarium of the Pacific has over 11,000 ocean animals on display - and they represent nearly 500 species. Did you even know there were THAT many species in the ocean!? Amazing!

The exhibits cover a range of topics, each one educating the family on something new. Discover The Wonder lets you get closer to the animals than ever before, with new interactive experiences!

It's also a great way to see more of the animal care that goes on behind the scenes, and lets you actually TOUCH horseshoe crabs and bonnethead sharks!

Did you think that 95% of the worlds oceans are still unexplored? At least your family can explore what we DO know in the Ocean Exploration exhibition. You can see how mysterious sea creatures live past where light can reach, and head guest lecturers talk about what they have uncovered. 

Want to know when the deepest place in the ocean was discovered, or see live video feeds from deep-sea explorations? This is the exhibition for you! 

Shark Lagoon has over 150 sharks (you can touch some of them!) and the Lorikeet Forest lets you meander down a winding path with wonderfully colored lorikeets right above you - and maybe on your head!

With interactive fun and 3D/4D films, you will feel like you have explored the entire ocean by the time you finish at the Aquarium of the Pacific! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$28.95
  • Children$14.95 (Ages 3 to 11)
  • Free Under: 3 years
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

9am - 6pm daily

All year round, except Christmas Day and Long Beach Grand Prix

Teachers corner

They have great field trip programs for each grade, as well as homeschool programs, outreach, and sleepovers! .

I'm Hungry!

They have a cafeteria style called Cafe Scuba which is great for a meal or a snack. There are burgers, hot dogs, tacos and fish and chips...they also have healthy options and vegetarian options .

Healthy Eating!

They have picnic stables in the front grass area on a first come first serve basis, which you can enjoy anytime. No outside food is allowed in the aquarium .

Any Top Tips?

Check out what is happening across the day in the morning, then you can plan your day around any time specific programs or attractions that you might not want to miss!.

Doing our bit

The aquarium promote the conservation of the ocean, and even use sustainable seafood on their menus .

Need a little extra help?

The museum and all the exhibits are wheelchair accessible! .

Baby Facilities

You can borrow "Baby backpacks" free of charge from the information desk. You are welcome to bring strollers, and there are stroller areas.

More information

you can buy combo tickets with behind the scenes tours, and other tours in the area which will save you money .

What people are saying?

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    I've visited the Aquarium of the Pacific multiple times over the years and I've always been impressed with it. I know that this isn't SeaWorld sized, but you could easily spend a few hours reading all the information and watching the amazing sea life up close and personal.

    Most of the kids love to shove their hands in the pool and do the two finger touch on the sharks and sting rays. My favorites thing to do is just watch the sea otters, the penguins, and all the fantastic jelly fish.

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    We're members here and really like it. It's a great place to take young kids for the morning. It's just the right size to do in a few hours with a 2 and 4 year old. We stayed a bit longer when with older kids who read all of the stuff. There's a good mix of outdoor and indoor exhibits and activities to see. The lorikeets are awesome and you really don't need to buy the nectar to feed them unless you want them to perch on you. You can get really close without it.

    The big drawback for me is that they let it get way too crowded. We leave by 1 because...Read More

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    Having any affinity for aquatic life, I always have a good time when I visit the Aquarium of the Pacific. Don't go expecting it to be the size of SeaWorld San Diego, however. It's an aquarium with many educational exhibits. There are several touch tanks where you can pet jellyfish, sharks, rays, starfish etc. My favorite themed areas are the Lorikeet Forest and the Sea Otter exhibit. For the Lorikeet Forest, guests have the option of paying $3 for a small plastic container (think ketchup/mustard containers at McDonald's) of nectar. Once inside...Read More

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    I did like the ability to bypass the line and pick up tickets I already bought on line but it was waaaaay too crowded. I'm surprised they let so many people in at a time. Seemed like a fire hazard. While there was an area for stroller parking it wasn't being utilized as it was very difficult to get around due to the large number of strollers in small areas. the exhibits were nice but the amount of people made it hard to actually see majority of them. There was a nice bird exhibit as well but it was an additional $3. After just paying $29 to...Read More

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    You will definitely be spending around 2-3 hours here. There are a lot of exhibits to see (fish, manta rays, birds, jellyfish (sea jellies), seahorses,etc) and my favorite were the seals and penguin. The aquarium has two touch tanks which are located indoors and outdoors. The indoor one contains animals such as sea stars, sea slugs, sea anemone and the outdoor one contain animals such as baby sharks and sting rays.

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by Melissa Maxey

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We're members here and really like it. It's a great place to take young kids for the morning. It's just the right size to do in a few hours with a 2 and 4 year old. We stayed a bit longer when with older kids who read all of the stuff. There's a good mix of outdoor and indoor exhibits and activities to see. The lorikeets are awesome and you really don't need to buy the nectar to feed them unless you want them to perch on you. You can get really close without it.

The big drawback for me is that they let it get way too crowded. We leave by 1 because it just gets too hard to actually move around and see anything. I'd happily pay slightly higher prices if they lowered the amount of daily tickets they sold to keep it less crowded.

by Rodney S

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Having any affinity for aquatic life, I always have a good time when I visit the Aquarium of the Pacific. Don't go expecting it to be the size of SeaWorld San Diego, however. It's an aquarium with many educational exhibits. There are several touch tanks where you can pet jellyfish, sharks, rays, starfish etc. My favorite themed areas are the Lorikeet Forest and the Sea Otter exhibit. For the Lorikeet Forest, guests have the option of paying $3 for a small plastic container (think ketchup/mustard containers at McDonald's) of nectar. Once inside the netted area, Lorikeets fly freely, landing on people with nectar, and also without. I had as many as 3 birds at one time fighitng for the nectar. Beware, these are birds so avoid getting turd on you, unless you're into that sorta stuff. The Sea Otter exhibit was great because just seeing the otters floating on their backs, playing with toys or munching on food, seemed so delightful & peaceful. I'd imagine I can spend quite some time just staring at them.

I haven't been to the Cafe so I can't critique it. I usually bring some water and some snacks. For those who want something substantial, Bubba Gump's is across the street and there are plenty of dining establishment on Pine.

Highly Recommend!

by Sarah Bennett Pluck

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I did like the ability to bypass the line and pick up tickets I already bought on line but it was waaaaay too crowded. I'm surprised they let so many people in at a time. Seemed like a fire hazard. While there was an area for stroller parking it wasn't being utilized as it was very difficult to get around due to the large number of strollers in small areas. the exhibits were nice but the amount of people made it hard to actually see majority of them. There was a nice bird exhibit as well but it was an additional $3. After just paying $29 to barely see the fish I wasnt about to plonk down more money and not see the birds either. I think they need to work on their crowd control to make it more enjoyable for the price tag.

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