Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA

100 Aquarium WayLong Beach, CA 90802
View on Map

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

20 Reviews
Maria Dominguez
Los Angeles, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Amazing experience"
September, 2018 NEW
Overall an amazing experience all the time love taking my kids everytime we go we enjoy it
Read More
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..

Was this review helpful? Yes

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

Was this review helpful? Yes

Virginia M.
Newhall, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"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!!
Read More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Miguel Alvarez
Anaheim, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"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.
Read More
Tip: Easy to use. No money refund.

Was this review helpful? Yes

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
Read More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Lawrence Harris
North Hollywood , CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach"
July, 2018
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long BeachI went online to order the tickets And was directed to reservelosangeles.com In the process was fast and easy. I spent the day in Long Beach by myself and decided to go visit the aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach and had a wonderful day. Inside the aquarium I saw many things that were wonderful and beautiful and very educational. I would recommend your website to anyone and everyone.
Read More
Tip: Have your payment information ready and the process is so quick and easy. Before you know it you’ll be on your way to a wonderful adventure

Was this review helpful? Yes

tania cubas
Northridge, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Beautiful place to spend a nice sunny day"
July, 2018
The long beach aquarium was a first for my boyfriend and I and it was a really nice time, there was plenty to see and the location itself was nice and cool, you can grab lunch after seeing some exhibits or go to the science center and watch some educational short films
Read More
Tip: There is AC inside and places to eat

Was this review helpful? Yes

Violeta Loya
Las Cruces , NM
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Really small"
June, 2018
We were really disappointed. We thought it was gonna be huge with tons of exhibits, but it was very limited with fish you can see in a smaller town aquarium. However my kids couldnt believe there was a jelly fish species they could touch, so that was pretty cool.
Read More
Tip: It’s very limited but you can touch jelly fish!

Was this review helpful? Yes

TripAdvisor Reviews
TripAdvisor user image
alaskabound1
Fairbanks, Alaska
"So much fun!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 23, 2018 NEW
This was a great aquarium. We loved the touch pools. My favorite was the anemone and urchin touch pools. I haven't seen that type of touch pool offered except at the New Jersey aquarium. I was really excited that this place had it. We did the lorikeet bird feeding. Its $4 for each little food cup. It's a fun experience. I love all types of marine and animal life so I loved all the exhibits. Would definitely return.
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
Fearless730216
"Don't Miss This Adventure!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 22, 2018 NEW
The Aquarium of the Pacific is filled with wonderful sea critters, a host of knowledge docents, and great educational material for people of all ages. Children, adults and seniors can find a lot to do and learn from this wonderful place.
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
Snellerelli
Long Beach, California
"Night Dive"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 16, 2018 NEW
I was pleasantly surprised by this venue, and the variety of exhibits. The way the Aquarium is divided by location, which gives the patron a near idea of the diversity of different places. I found the jellyfish, seahorses and otters to be especially fun exhibits. The giant spider crabs are a fun surprise too! There are also hands on shark and ray tanks. "Night Dive" was a lot of fun. The Aquarium displayed art, and had dj's and live bands playing. There were cash bars on-site and food trucks as well. The patrons were having a great time, but I didn't see any destructive or disrespectful behavior to exhibits or aquatic life.
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
ilduovagabondo
"Amazing Experience! "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 14, 2018 NEW
Entering the aquarium means Enter in a magic underwater place. So much different kind of species and so much to see! If you stay in LOng Beach a visit to the aquarium is compulsory! Wonderful Experience!
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
bcrock
Sparta MI
"Never gets old"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 13, 2018 NEW
We love coming here and bring all out of town guests if we can. If kids are off, it will be busy but its worth the crowds.
Read More

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.