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

27 Reviews
Yunior Perez
Covina, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Sophia's enjoying"
January, 2019 NEW
I came here with my two years old doughther to have some fun but i dont expect she going to like it so much that go three times all around this place thank you so much reserve Los Angeles
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Tip: Is a nice place for kids and adults bring your all family they gonna love it

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Carlos Gavin
Long beach, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Aquarium of the Pacific"
January, 2019 NEW
It was my second visit to the aquarium after 3 years and I really enjoyed it, again. I would recommend it to the everyone.
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Tip: It is not a huge aquarium but it it's worth visiting

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April Amparano
Whittier , CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"We love the aquarium"
December, 2018
My one year old just loved it she loved to see the seals and the sharks and the Penguins she loved the aquarium of the Pacific that we are going to get a membership she didn't want to leave
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Tip: They should see all the shows and the sharks eating

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Dolly Bailey
Anaheim, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Got an annual pass! Yeah!!"
November, 2018
My Grandsons & I had an awesome time! So glad we have an annual pass so we can go again soon!!
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Tip: You can actually touch some of the fish!

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Jessica Barrios
Los angeles , CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome"
October, 2018
The aquarium is an amazing place. It's a family place , you can touch different kind of sea animals like sea urchins., sting gray, jellyfish and something like that.
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Joann Valentine
Eaton, CO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"It Was Incredible!!"
September, 2018
My husband and I took our 2 year old granddaughter to the aquarium to "Find Nemo and Dory" we had an incredible time watching her little face exploring everything!! The "touching" pools were incredible, we touched everything in them. Her shirt was soaking wet by time we were done. When she found the tank with all the clown fish, the look of bewilderment was priceless!! I highly recommend using Reserve Los Angeles to get tickets it was easy and self explanatory!! Wonderful experience and will defiantly use it the next time we go. Thank You "Reserve Los Angles" and "Aquarium of the Pacific" for the great experience. Oh and Bubba Gump's Shrimp Co. was right outside to get food after.
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Tip: It is Easy to use "Reserve Los Angeles." I highly recommend it.

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Kaysi Hanks
Las Vegas , NV
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great Family Spot"
September, 2018
Very clean and had lots of attractions to keep us busy. We were killing time waiting for cruise. Lots of exhibits and friendly staff to answer any questions we had.
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Tip: Take comfortable walking shoes, and make sure you bring a working camera!

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Maria Dominguez
Los Angeles, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Amazing experience"
September, 2018
Overall an amazing experience all the time love taking my kids everytime we go we enjoy it
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Tip: It's better if you purchase tickets online to get the best deals and once you arrive you don't loose time making line to buy them..

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GoodKarmaTraveler
Bandon, OR
"Loved the birds the best"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 15, 2019 NEW
This wasn't the BEST aquarium I have even been in, but after a second go-through where we saw what we missed the first time, it got bumped up another star. I was pushing a wheelchair and didn't have a nice good easy map so I THINK we saw everything. What was the real highlight was the bird aviary. There were about 95 Lorikeets, many landing on people. My husband had 3 on him, one person had 7, and I had one land on my head. Beautiful little birds and really fun.
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sheilar846
Vichy, Missouri
"Quick Trip to LA"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 15, 2019 NEW
This was a neat little aquarium with lots of sea life. I enjoyed the Penguins and the Seal/sea lion tank. They were both quit social. The jellyfish were beautiful as well.
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brmezz
Newport Beach, California
"Family visit for dads bday"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 12, 2019 NEW
Great aquarium focusing on pacific sea life. Beautiful display tanks and sea scapes. Huge touch tanks for sharks, rays, stars and the coolest was touch tank for moon jellies. Very clean and beautifully maintained. I am a reef fish hobbyist and this place keeps such a healthy environment for the sea life it is worth seeing. Take the behind the scenes tour you won’t be disappointed! Located near the Long Beach Port, where all the Tourist stuff is... boats to Catalina, whale watching boats, etc
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davemE6955TJ
Vancouver Island, Canada
"Very entertaining for all of ages."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 12, 2019 NEW
This was a great place to get away from the normal bustle of the LA area. We'd been visiting big theme parks on vacation and this was a great place to relax and unwind. It was busy here but still place to relax and watch sea creatures up close. We enjoyed petting the rays in their tank the most. Watching all the animals through the glass was endless in entertainment and there are lots of windows. There was lots of different animals, fish, birds, sharks, rays, jellyfish, otters, penguins, etc. If I'm in the area I would probably drop in again.
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KathyAloha2013
Hanalei, Hawaii
"Never a disappointment!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 09, 2019 NEW
I love the Aquarium! It is always educational and inspiring to visit there. In fact, I purchased a membership so I can go any time I would like. The sea horses are always one of the most amazing things to see there. I would highly suggest anyone visiting Southern California making this a "Must See!" event. Never fails to thrill and make you fall in love with Nature all over again.
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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.