A day at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach

The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach is another one of the many perks of living along the Los Angeles coast. It’s undoubtably a magical place and educational experience for children and adults. In other words, if you are contemplating a visit — make plans immediately! There are more than 50 exhibits with over 11,000 animals to see, touch, feed and learn about, and its safe to say that the Aquarium of the Pacific is one of the best (and largest) aquariums along the coastal LA region. Its also the fourth largest aquarium in the United States (and plans to grow)!

Some of the top attractions include the June Keyes Penguin Habitiat, the Sea Otter Habitat (you can see them underwater and above water!) and the Shark Lagoon. There are three shallow touch-pools outside where visitors can gently reach in and touch sharks and rays. So cool for kids!

Don’t forget to check out the “Our Water Future” exhibit to learn about where water comes from and what we can do to safeguard it now and tomorrow! Very interactive and educational. Also, the Lorikeet Forest filled with chirping birds is a fun attraction. You can purchase a small cup of nectar, which is the lorikeets favorite food, to feed the birds while you walk through the exhibit.

Besides the various tanks, exhibits and touch pools, the Aquarium offers many special events and programs that can turn your visit into an unforgettable experience for your family. For instance, check out the Animal Encounters, where you get to go behind the scenes with a private tour and then get up close and personal with some of the animals, including penguins, sea lions, and sharks during feeding time.

Good to Know:

  • Purchase your tickets in advance
  • Check the admission discount page before visiting for any qualifying discounts offered
  • The last hour before closing is half off on tickets. You’ll have to hustle, but there are most likely less peopel there.
  • Bring your own hand sanitizer, as there are many exhibits that offer a hands-on experiences, and some sanitizer pumps run out before maintenance gets around to refilling them at the end of day
  • Remember to validate parking pass at the exit (parking is still $8 with the validation).
  • Go early or on a weekday to avoid big crowds
  • Download their visitor app before you visit, with maps, species identifier and daily schedules
  • Onsite restaurant and coffee shop, but you might want to bring snacks and water with you for ease
  • Hat and sunscreen for the outdoor areas – there is a lot to do and see outdoors
  • You may want to bring a change of clothes for the children — plash pads on site!


Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach CA 90802
Open from 9.00am – 6.00pm Every Day of the Year! (Except Christmas Day Dec. 25th)


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