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

23 Reviews
Jessica Barrios
Los angeles , CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome"
October, 2018 NEW
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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Elizabeth Valle mendez
Cathedral , CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Espectacular"
September, 2018
I really like this place my son was so excited he has learned a lot.
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Tip: The theater is great they teach kids

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Virginia M.
Newhall, CA
1 Review
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"Discount Tickets for Long Beach Aquarium"
August, 2018
It was nice to save $5 on each Adult ticket and also not have to wait in a long line. Just showed admissions tickets on my iPhone!!
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Miguel Alvarez
Anaheim, CA
1 Review
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"Best price"
August, 2018
When it comes to price search reserve los Angeles is the best option and they link to hotels and more. Recommend Reserve Los Angeles.
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Adrienne Estes
Redlands, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Long Beach aquarium"
July, 2018
A bit hot outside but appreciate the shade. The touch tank was super fun for the little ones and I always love an excuse to look for the fish from finding Nemo
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TripAdvisor Reviews
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mcglassa
Birmingham, United Kingdom
"Amazing Aquarium"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 11, 2018 NEW
We really enjoyed our trip to the Aquarium in Long Beach. The exhibits were better than other aquariums I had been to and they had a great variety of wildlife. I'd never been to an aquarium with touch tanks that included small sharks and rays before, and I particularly liked the amount of different jellyfish species they had. The only thing that bothered me was the emphasis they put on the environment and protecting our oceans... for the cafe then to sell apples wrapped in plastic film etc and excessive packaging on other baked goods that didn't need it!
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Tonyisleham
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
"Spectacularly eye opening!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 07, 2018 NEW
After a Whale watching trip we went next door to the Aquarium . As an aquarium fan I cannot understate the WOW factor and environmental credentials of the place. The coolest things were Jellyfish, Otters and Rays. Often the bigger tanks were on two levels .Divers gave commentaries as they hand fed fish. This is a half day visit place and a great learning place for kids.
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elwarriner
Little Rock, Arkansas
"Lots of fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 07, 2018 NEW
This is a fun place with lots of areas to go to. It doesn't feel crowded because there are so many tanks and different areas. You can learn or just look. My 6 year old loved and us adults did too.
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willos1
Leicester, United Kingdom
"Good day out"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 07, 2018 NEW
Whilst on holiday visiting family we went to long beach and visited the Aquarium, lovely place and plenty to look at, very entertaining for the children and also lovely to see for the adults. Definitely recommended to visit.
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mom32051
Redford, Michigan
"Kind of small, but still fun to visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 06, 2018 NEW
Not a huge aquarium, but it had great jellyfish exhibits, and the cutest sea otters. They were so playful! They also had an outdoor ray and shark exhibit where they let you interact with the sharks and rays. We got there about 50 minutes before their 5:00 PM closing, so we didn’t really get to explore everything, but the ray and shark encounter was open until 9:00, so we didn’t have any problem seeing them.
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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.