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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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  • My daughter volunteers at the aquarium, so we have visited several times. It never gets boring! We love all of the exhibits, but Parker the Sea Lion and the penguins are my personal favorite. There is...  more »
  • Lots of interesting fishies, sharks, and my fave the baby jelly fish..those are worth the trip right there! No dolphines while I was there however.. 
  • Birds combined with aquatic scenes offering all kinds of fascinating info about marine life and conservation. Best part looking a penguin eye to eye or is it the four year old looking at penguin from ...  more »
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  • I've been going to the Aquarium of the Pacific since it opened. At one time we had annual memberships and went just about every month, if nothing else to look at the otter exhibit. Educational and fun for all ages, this is a must see place if you're visiting Long Beach, or if you're a resident. They have a touch tank, shark tank (no touch!), puffins, the aforementioned sea otters, sea lions, seals, jellyfish, sea horses and dragons, fish fish fish everywhere! It's designed in different regions so you learn and see all different kinds of sea life from up and down the west coast and around the world! Fascinating exhibits and knowledgeable staff to explain what you're looking at.
  • One of my favorite places on earth. We are members and have been for a couple years prior to that I volunteered for pretty much my entire young adult life. My kids now love this place just as much as I do. The special holiday events are a blast pretty much any event here is phenomenal.
  • Great family fun! There is so much to look at and do. The penguins were great, a few were almost hyper and were swimming around crazy, but it did stink up there. There are a number of interactive exhibits where you get to touch sharks, crabs, sting rays, and my favorite was the sea urchins. I suggest you buy the nectar to feed the birds as part of the outdoor exhibit, the girls loved it. The sea otters were probably my girls favorite. They were all about show boating under the water right up against the glass. We went on a weekend and it was SUPER busy, but with a little patience you will be fine.
  • A little stunned at how much it costs for admission, $30 for adults, $26 for seniors over 62 years old, $8 parking. For a family, this is not very affordable, and I can see why there's a line for membership when you'd like to come back a few times a year. They have a lot of seahorses and jellyfish, and it seems to be the star sea creatures to check out. We enjoyed ourselves, but we won't be frequent visitors. Reserve about 2-3 hours to walk through the entire aquarium in a leisurely pace. I'd also go check out the lighthouse and Queen Mary nearby!
  • I love travelling and everywhere I go I try and see aquariums. This one ranks high on my list. They are under construction in one section but the rest was wonderful. Sharks and jellyfish are the stand out attractions.