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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
Special Event: Saturday, March 11, 2017
Divers Day
Learn all about recent advancements in diving at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual Divers Day. There will be educational presentations, live dive demonstrations, and more. The Aquarium will also host several organizations that are related to the sport and science of diving. The diving community is invited to find out about volunteer diving and other opportunities for involvement with dive-related organizations in Southern California.

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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Becky H
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
"Loved this Aquarium!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 24, 2017 NEW
We visited from England, UK - I thought it was a little bit expensive as we didn't have any coupons.. however, it was a brilliant aquarium! The tropical tanks were huge, the sea horses were amazing and I saw things I'd never seen in other aquariums. Would highly recommend!
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jt99941
Fullerton, California
"Came back again!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 22, 2017 NEW
Came back again this year. Visit will take you 2-3 hours. We had coupons so adult tickets were only $15.00. All of the exhibits were still pretty cool. Got to see lots of sea animals. Lots of petting pools outside so the kids could pet the sting rays, sharks, etc. Very cool!
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War1214
Lawrenceville
"Had fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2017 NEW
Spent a couple hours here with the family. We really enjoyed it. Smaller than most aquariums I have been to, and didn't particularly care for the shark exhibit. I thought that was lacking as the sharks are usually the number one draw. Overall, we had a good experience and I would recommend this to anyone looking to kill a few hours.
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kschulte917
Erlanger, Kentucky
"The place to be on a rainy day!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2017 NEW
Honestly the only reason we went to the aquarium was because it was raining and couldn't stand to be in the hotel any longer. It was amazing, I saw sea creatures that I did not know even existed. The sea dragons - mind blown. The admission price was good, the overall experience was wonderful. If you are in the area, you should check it out.
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jazzindey
Eugene, Oregon
"Sea horses and baby jellies"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2017 NEW
A really fun time. Such a fascinating variety of sea creatures. Great displays and even a movie. We learned so much.
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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.