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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 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.

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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!

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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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    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.