Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA

100 Aquarium WayLong Beach, CA 90802
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Overview

The Aquarium of the Pacific features more than 11,000 ocean animals representing nearly 500 species. Its focus is the Pacific Ocean, exploring the waters of the Tropical, Southern California, and Northern Pacific. There are 19 major habitats and 32 focus exhibits, as well as an ocean science and animal care center. Highlights include a shark lagoon, sea lion sanctuary, and Blue Cavern.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Long Beach Travel Experts
  • Re-entry is allowed for same-day visits.
  • Parking cost $8.
  • Open rain or shine.
  • Don't miss the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, interactive Shark Lagoon, or Lorikeet Forest.
  • More than 500 different species are on display.

Description

from Aquarium of the Pacific
Celebrating 20 Years!
Take a journey of discovery at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Explore our exhibits and discover sunny Southern California and Baja, the frigid waters of the Northern Pacific, and the colorful reefs of the Tropical Pacific.

Come face-to-face with and even touch the ocean's ultimate predators in Shark Lagoon, hand-feed colorful lorikeet birds, and watch our Magellanic Penguins play. Now delve into the intriguing world of sea jellies. Discover new animals, exhibits, films, programs, and more. Find out the fascinating truth about these beautiful yet mysterious animals and their importance to our ocean planet. With affordable prices and an entertaining AND educational experience for the whole family, there is no better time to visit the Aquarium of the Pacific than now.

NOW OPEN! FROGS: Dazzling and Disappearing at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Southern California.
Explore the world of frogs from lush rainforests to arid deserts. Uncover mysteries behind frogs and their amphibian relatives as you discover more than two dozen of these aquatic and terrestrial creatures in thematic exhibits. Learn why frogs and other amphibians are disappearing from our planet and what you can do to help.

Aquarium of the Pacific is celebrating its twentieth anniversary with special programs, events, exhibits, and contests highlighting the institution’s history and future. Learn about and meet some of our original animals, such as Charlie the sea otter and Theo and Lou the sea turtles. Visitors also have the chance to meet some new residents that have arrived just in time for the celebration, including a baby harbor seal born in April to Shelby, one of the Aquarium’s original animals.

Reserve Los Angeles Customer Reviews

14 Reviews
tania cubas
Northridge, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Beautiful place to spend a nice sunny day"
July, 2018 NEW
The long beach aquarium was a first for my boyfriend and I and it was a really nice time, there was plenty to see and the location itself was nice and cool, you can grab lunch after seeing some exhibits or go to the science center and watch some educational short films
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Tip: There is AC inside and places to eat

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Violeta Loya
Las Cruces , NM
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Really small"
June, 2018 NEW
We were really disappointed. We thought it was gonna be huge with tons of exhibits, but it was very limited with fish you can see in a smaller town aquarium. However my kids couldnt believe there was a jelly fish species they could touch, so that was pretty cool.
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Tip: It’s very limited but you can touch jelly fish!

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Jared Johnson
Huntington Beach , CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"First time @ Aquarium"
June, 2018
It was a wonderful experience being here with my sister! The only other time I've been was for a dance in high school. I like to take my sister on dates so when shes old enough to start dating she'll know what to expect. We both a a wonderful time. Very interactive. The stamps after completing an exhibit was fun. Really enjoyed the touching pools and the otters. Staff was really friendly
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Tip: 1. Eat before 2. Follow the map route

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Jenn McKenzie
1 Review
"Love this place."
June, 2018
I love any creature, so it's great for me just to come hang out and watch em. I love it. Love taking my neice. Expand her mind of the sea. Start em young, cuz their going to have to save the planet. Love love love
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Tip: The birds and jelly's are my fav.

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Art Ignacio
Los angeles, CA
1 Review
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"Aquarium of the pacific"
May, 2018
Awesome
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Terry Morris Campa
Granada Hills, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"A day at the Aquarium"
March, 2018
They are very busy building the new wing which will be fantastic when finished. I hadn't be there in 8 years but it was clean, lots of kids on school field trips (during the week) easy to navigate, had a good time!
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Tip: bring walking shoes

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Karen Hyatt-miner
Reno , NV
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Just go hang out with ocean creatures!"
March, 2018
Really great aquarium with petting stations, interactive displays, sharks, sea lions, seals, loads of interesting fish and frogs. The place is huge with tons to see and we really enjoyed it!
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Tip: Wear comfy shoes

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Jasmin Vitela
San Fernando , CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Love it!"
February, 2018
Love it because it helps alot and so easy to do the activity. Just few clicks and done!
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Tip: Fast and easy

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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C H
"All Long Beach residents should be members"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 15, 2018 NEW
We have been annual cardholders here for years. It is an incredible value. Key tip: come at opening if you have small children. During the summertime this place gets swarmed by summer camps and tourists by 11ish. If you come in the morning you can enjoy all the fish with virtually no one around, and it is much easier to keep an eye on the munchkins while still giving them freedom to roam about. My daughter loves the others!
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Harvey G
"Love Aquariums "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 15, 2018 NEW
This is one of the best aquariums I have had the pleasure of visiting. Lots of hands on interactive exhibits. Multiple shows going on. I have to say my favorite thing was the lorikeets. Pay the $4 and get some nectar it was so much fun having the birds hop on you and drink it. That was truly he highlight of my visit. This Aquarium truly seemed to have it all, with marine animals from all over. The seals and sea lions did not disappoint, and the sea otters were a blast to watch as were all the others. 4D movie was also very cute and the best 3D I have seen in years. I would recommend going early enough to have time to see everything, and it can be a little busy so it would be nice not to be in a rush, and take in all this place has to offer
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AvWriter
Rochelle, Illinois
"Nice Aquarium"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 15, 2018 NEW
We took in the Aquarium of the Pacific while visiting Long Beach. The walk over was nice, and once inside, we saw a lot of fish. And frogs. And turtles. And rays. And Seals. The Seal and Otter show was pretty good. Tip: Get there and sit down at least 15 to 20 minutes prior to the show. Seating is limited, and once filled, well, you aren't seeing the show. Bring a drink, and find a shady spot. (Helpful, right?) There are elevators for those who can't do ramps and stairs. The place is well-cooled and was a place to spend an enjoyable afternoon.
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Maggers
Los Osos, California
"Crowded but very cool"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 15, 2018 NEW
Artists will find much color and form inspiration here. We visited on a summer Saturday - not the smartest time to go if you don't prefer crowds of families with strollers. Even so, toured the two second floor sections - Northwest Pacific and Tropical. This aquarium features separate areas of the entire Pacific, not just the California coast. Start upstairs if you prefer less crowds. Plenty of interactive learning opportunities. Ask the staff at the tide pool exhibit where you can "hug" a sea urchin! Otters are adorable. So great to see everything up close. Bring a jacket or sweater and adults, take some comfort in that you can walk around with a beer from the cafe. Looking forward to seeing the renovations.
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jbach1021
Massillon, Ohio
"Great place for children"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed July 14, 2018 NEW
Notice the title of my review. Although it truly is a wonderful place to visit, it seems to be geared more specifically to children and school field trips. Yes, there are wonderful displays, but there are literally tons of groups of children, so it's difficult to get too close to those displays.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Aquarium of the Pacific

Do you have wheelchairs, what’s the cost to rent one?
Wheelchairs are complimentary and can be checked out at the information desk on a first come, first serve basis.

Do you have strollers?
The Aquarium offers baby “backpacks”, which can be borrowed free of charge at our information desk. We do not offer strollers at this time. While we do not have strollers for use, you are always welcome to bring your own. Also, on very busy days we have stroller parking areas throughout the Aquarium for your convenience.

Are cameras or video cameras allowed?
Cameras and video cameras are permitted in the Aquarium, as long as the footage is for personal use. Tripods are not permitted.

Are pets allowed?
We do not allow any animals or pets into our facility, except for licensed service dogs. This is to ensure the safety and health of our animals.

Do you allow outside food in the Aquarium?
The Aquarium does not allow any outside food within the Aquarium. However, we do have picnic tables located in the front grass area on a first come, first serve basis. Any snacks, lunches or editable items may be consumed in this area.

Are you open when it’s raining?
Yes, we are still open in the rain! Occasionally the Lorikeet Forest will close when it rains if the ground becomes slick, however, all other exhibits will remain open.

Do you have locker facilities available?
Unfortunately, we do not have any lockers available at this time.

Do you have a restaurant at your facility?
We have a cafeteria style restaurant called Café Scuba that is available for guests on our second floor.

Do you allow re-entry into the Aquarium?
Re-entry will be allowed for same day visits at the Aquarium. Be sure to have your hand stamped at the exit door. You will need a valid hand stamp to be allowed re-entry on the same date of visit.

Does my child under 3 need an admission ticket?
There is no charge for children under the age of 3 to visit the Aquarium.

Is there a place where nursing mothers can breastfeed?
Yes, there is a family area in the downstairs women’s restroom located near the coffee cart in the Great Hall of the Aquarium.

What is the cost of parking?
Parking is available at an adjacent parking structure (99 Aquarium Way) for a fee. The cost is currently $8, and payment is accepted by cash or checks only.