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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. A visit to Aquarium of the Pacific represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Long Beach tour planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Perfect size and exhibits for our 5yo's. Lots of touch tanks and small exhibits. Follow it up with a whale watching tour to Make it a perfect day!  more »
  • Something for everyone here. Just a cool fascinating place for an afternoon. The indoor exhibits are interesting, some are mesmerizing where you can just watch for a long time. There are many hands-on...  more »
  • I will make this review straight to the point...Aquarium of the Pacific is the best Aquarium hands down. APOP continues to update itself and we enjoy it every time we come down to LB.  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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