Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach

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Celebrate the diversity of the Pacific Ocean at Aquarium of the Pacific through its 19 major habitats and 32 exhibitions. From penguins to deep-water dwellers, this aquarium has more than 11,000 animals representing almost 500 species. It is also a home to year-round cultural events, marine science educational events, and conservation projects. The aquarium takes advantage of its coastal location by offering seasonal boat adventures for visitors to witness sea life first hand. These short cruises typically last for a little over two hours. If you prefer to stay on land, the aquarium offers indoor immersive experiences, such as animal encounters, scuba diving, and a behind-the-scenes tour. Add Aquarium of the Pacific and other attractions to your Long Beach trip itinerary using our Long Beach trip planner.
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  • Visited the Aquarium of the Pacific for photographer's night. Very interesting facility. The photography was so impressive that we spent two hours in one room. I will return during daylight hours to e...  more »
  • First check the internet for coupons! Second plan on an all day event with outdoor dining and surrounding location walks. Smaller venue but with lots of info for the whole family. Great location by th...  more »
  • We visited the aquarium with our young boy who loves aquariums. The entrance is a bit pricey for its size. The aquarium is not a big one. Our boy enjoyed the outdoor touch pool the most, where you cou...  more »
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  • This is a wonderful aquarium for the entire family. There are many animal interaction opportunities amid a diverse selection of marine wildlife. The exhibits feature a wide range of fascinating animals and fish. The coral reef exhibits are particularly beautiful. Everything is designed with children in mind, so even little ones have easy access to most exhibits. There is also plenty of room for wheelchair access. There is a decent selection of food available which makes it easy and enjoyable to spend the day. Our family, ages four to ninety-five, all greatly enjoyed the day here.
  • This is a beautiful aquarium. It has a ton of exhibits and even has an aviary, which I did not expect. It is well laid out, and is very kid friendly. I would recommend going to get something to eat on the pier, which is right outside of the aquarium. The food inside is way overpriced. Also, if you want to do a combo deal (i.e. Queen Mary) do the other portion first. We got tickets to the Queen Mary and the aquarium and now have to come back. The Queen Mary sells out of guided tour tickets early, which the aquarium doesn't mention.
  • First time here, came on a (busy) Sunday but it was still pleasent and not too crowded. Went with our 18 months-old and she LOVED it. So did we. The exhibits are really interesting, the staff very friendly. Great place to spend a hot morning. We'll definitely come back again soon.
  • Greatly place to visit for both locals and tourists. Exhibits are well thought out and the multiple touch pools are interesting for visitors if all ages. They have a permanent exhibit that focuses on California/Western coastal regions. The rotating exhibits make for an interesting return visit. They are currently undergoing on expansion that is projected to open in 2019.
  • When it is not crowded, the aquarium is serene, inspiring, and awesome. When it is crowded, it is a testament to the mass education of a population that should care about our planet. The aquarium is good for short but often visits. It is one of our favorite places to spend a morning.

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