Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA

100 Aquarium WayLong Beach, CA 90802
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Overview

The Aquarium of the Pacific feature 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.
  • June Keyes Penguin Habitat.
  • Interactive Shark Lagoon.
  • Lorikeet Forest.
  • More than 500 different species on display.

Description

from Aquarium of the Pacific
Saturday & Sunday, June 3-4, 2017
Pacific Islander Festival
Discover the rich and diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands through traditional craft demonstrations, ethnic cuisine, educational programs, and an ocean of entertainment, including music and dance performances. Watch hula, listen to Tahitian drumming, try out ancient Hawaiian games, enjoy island cuisine, and admire artisans as they create traditional weavings. The fourteenth annual Pacific Islander Festival will feature various cultures, including Hawaiian, Marshallese, Chamoru, Tahitian, Samoan, Tongan, Kiribati, Fijian, and Maori.


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.

Reserve Los Angeles Customer Reviews

5 Reviews
Bruce Bevitz
Longwood, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"And a good time was had by all"
August, 2016
We have been to many aquariums on both coasts. Aquarium of The Pacific was a very, very pleasant surprise. I found it to be on par with the Monterrey Bay Aquarium. The exhibits were well thought out, and there was a good flow. We booked through Reserve Los Angeles, and saved $5.00 per ticket.
Tip: Folllow the signs to the parking. Make sure you get the ticket validated for a parking discount,

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Sarah Bookman
Lancaster, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Amazing Experience!"
August, 2016
So many amazing fish that you get to see up close. They have shows running all day with aquarium divers and an outdoor area where you can touch sharks.

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Bryan Morrow
Cisco, IL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Fantastic Family Experience"
July, 2016
A beautiful setting and a fantastic aquarium with lot's to do and look at.

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Solia De La O
Loma Linda, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Nice summer get away"
July, 2016
It was a wonderfull experience being in the aquarium. We are originally from Maryland and decided in a summer trio to California and you were the first item we booked. However I didn't appreciate that your parking lot was completely full and we had to figure out on our own where to park. The task was daunting and annoyed the kids tremendously.
Tip: Parking might be a chore

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Elizabeth Jaena
oxnard, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Amazing collection"
July, 2016
My family enjoyed our first trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific. The staff were very friendly and allowed my kids to touch the baby sharks and the other sea creatures. The most beautiful feature we believe are the jellyfish because they were so colorful and mesmerizing to look at. Parking is convenient and reasonably priced( $8 all day with validation) plus the nearby outlet was a surprise with lots of good restaurants.
Tip: There's free bus ride to go to the Queen Mary and there are outlet stores nearby

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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darkfalcon500
Fresno, California
"Best aquarium in Southern California"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 29, 2017 NEW
Before my recent visit it had been 5 years since I had last been to the aquarium and overall I think it has improved very well. I have been to the Monterey bay, Georgia, Birch, Sea World, and many other aquariums and I can say this is the 3rd best aquarium I have ever been to with Georgia and Monterey taking the top 2 places. This aquarium excels with their touch tanks, jellyfish galleries, shark tank, and seals and sea lions. Also they have smaller exhibits that are quite interesting, the mudskippers were unexpected and really cool. The only downsides to the aquarium is that it isn't the biggest place ever, but it doesn't have to be and the new frog exhibit was a let down because most of the amphibians were hiding underneath a plant but as time goes by they probably won't be as shy. I can't wait to come back here and this is well worth a visit, especially if you are wanting to visit an aquarium in Southern California and aren't a huge fan of sea world and even if you are this is a nice aquarium that you should probably check out. Also I should mention in 2019 their expansion building will be complete and will feature more creatures and screens which should be really awesome.
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VacationerGuy
Goderich, Canada
"Nice, but crowded"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 25, 2017 NEW
I arrived at opening and had a very nice first hour and a half, as it was almost like having the place to myself. Once more people started arriving, however, the place became packed to the gills with screaming children and parents who seemingly had no desire to monitor the children. This is no fault of the aquarium, but something I feel guests should be prepared for....there was a lot of pushing and being jostled around as children would just push their way in front of me to see animals and shows, and there was much banging on glass, screaming, and stepping on toes. As for the exhibits themselves, they are well put together, and the animals display are interesting. There is great educational value here as well, in the theater shows, dive shows, animal encounters, and displays. A definite highlight are the many touch tanks (more than I've seen anywhere else), which allow you to (gently) touch rays, sharks, urchins, snails, starfish, anemone, and even jellyfish! Another highlight are the staff and volunteers, who are all polite, friendly, and extremely knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend the aquarium if you're in the area, but would also recommend arriving early and taking advantage of the quiet time before the masses descend!
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Tsuyoshi M
"Fascility kids can enjoy, old guys too."
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed May 25, 2017 NEW
Since Long Beach is facing pacific, here is where to come. The cold pacific flows from the allue to offshore Canada, down to California. You can have divergence of cold underwater. Group of few families with kids can be a wonderful trip memory.
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Billy B
Clarkdal
"Soooooo cool"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 24, 2017 NEW
A very very neat place...really good exhibits.......watch the shows with the scuba divers. A lot of school groups the day we went....still not bad on lines and stuff..
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LeLuDallas
Garden Grove
"JUST OK!! We aaw it all in a few hours!"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed May 24, 2017 NEW
So we absolutely loved the staff and I was impressed by the beauty. The diversity of sea creatures was appreciated. The outdoor aquarium and water cycle display were just ok. I mean the viewing window are calcified so we could barely see the shares except from an overhead view. It's easy to be bored here even for an ocean enthusiast such as myself. Kids got bored too. I think if we were coming to take notes and really study the fish etc it would be better. Almost forgot to add that we really enjoyed the Earth room (if that's what it's called) the lecturer showed us how a tsunami propagates itself forward and that was cool to see. Overall, I don't feel any need to go back. Unfortunately not worth the money and we had season passes but just didn't want more.
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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. A credit card is required at the time of check out

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. A credit card is required at the time of check out. 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 a 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 in cash or check only.