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
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
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UPCOMING FESTIVALS
Saturday & Sunday, December 2-3, 2017; Holiday Treats for the Animals
In celebration of the holiday season, Santa Diver will be delivering an ocean of gifts to the Aquarium of the Pacific for its animals, including penguins, sea otters, seals, sea lions, lorikeets, and fish. Holiday Treats for the Animals festival kicks off Aquarium Holidays, which runs through December 22, featuring festive décor, a display of gingerbread houses, daily Penguin Walks, holiday music and shopping, “snowfall” in the Great Hall, a special holiday menu in Café Scuba, a daily underwater show with Santa Diver, and appearances by Aquarium characters in their holiday outfits. On weekends through December 22, beginning with Holiday Treats for the Animals festival, the Aquarium will have a snow play area, children’s crafts, photo opportunities with Santa, and Hanukkah storytelling with opportunities to play dreidel.

Reserve Los Angeles Customer Reviews

9 Reviews
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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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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Sergio Alonzo
Riverside, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Super nice"
February, 2018
I took my girlfriend there because she enjoys the see and see life so it was a really nice place and got to see many different type of fish and other animals there's also a bird cage with some really preatty birds.
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Tip: Come early and bring snacks

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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.
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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.
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Tip: Parking might be a chore

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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ocjax
Albuquerque, New Mexico
"Too expensive for what they have"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed May 20, 2018 NEW
I was disappointed with this place. It cost $100 for 2 adults and 2 small kids to go see fish. It seems like a legit place because it’s so big, but everything is just so spread out so it takes longer to walk around.
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mhavis1959
Huntsville, Alabama
"Milton review"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 20, 2018 NEW
Visited and Enjoyed everything about this destination, from the interaction with the animals to the film presentations. This hopefully will not be my first and only trip here.
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venckman2017
Fullerton, California
"Small but mighty."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 15, 2018 NEW
OK, so it's not as big or glitzy as aquarium at Monterey Bay. So it can be overwhelmed with kids a lot of the time. So it's not very...big. Still, this is a very nicely done aquarium, with some beautiful displays, a wide variety of sealife to wonder at and interact with. Making the most of its relatively small space, the aquarium is split into indoor and outdoor areas, both with multiple levels. Here you will find innumerable fish species (including sharks and rays that you can touch), octopi, crustaceans, sea birds (including penguins), and seals and sea lions. The galleries are nicely done, and the entire place is very kid oriented and friendly. This results in it being crowded with immense amounts of children much of the time, but there's something about watching little ones experience the wonder of nature that kind of warms the heart, so it's all good. A great way to spend a couple of hours, and the gift shop is fab. They also validate parking at a reduced rate, so be sure to bring your parking ticket and get it stamped at the exit.
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Timothy N
"good aquarium"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 13, 2018 NEW
good aquarium, good to take little kids, not too expensive and close to the downtown area with nice scenic walks
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clos801
Roy, Utah
"Nemo, friends, and more "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 12, 2018 NEW
I was highly impressed with this aquarium, I’ve been to several aquariums all over and this one was one of my favorites. My favorite part about this aquarium was the wide selection of sea creatures you can pet, including my favorite, Moon Jellyfish best experience ever.
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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 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.