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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 family and I love this aquarium! The staff is so friendly and knowledgeable. And, the exhibits are really interesting. It's a really gem for families with children that love the creatures of the se...  more »
  • I've taken my kids to this aquarium on two different occasions. I always take extra care to research and arrive during their least busy period. If you're in the midst of several school field trips the...  more »
  • Went to the Long Beach Pacific Aquarium with son and 4 year old grand-daughter. When you first enter the building you notice a large whale hanging from the ceiling and a wall of glass to your right to...  more »
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  • I had a great time here with my boyfriend. We got to pet and touch the sting rays which was pretty awesome. The ONLY reason I'm giving this place a 3 star is that I was expecting a lot more.... I didn't realize this place was so tiny. I really loved the jellyfish and the otters the most. We took our time and looked at EVERYTHING. But I think we finished it all in one hour which I was a little sad about. Overall a good experience but if you have the time to go the distance... I'd rather go somewhere a bit bigger.
  • there's soo many cool and interesting little aqua critters. but for the love of god and or science DON'T TOUCH THE GLASS. it's so unbelievably dirty and disgusting. especially if there's children around. the glass isn't opaque it's filthy. aside from that the info pamphlet that u get is actually kinda cool and full of interesting facts plus they got this little area where u can stamp the pages after you've read up on the specific critters. overall a cool thing to do and place to visit.
  • My son had a blast! The only down side is how packed it can get. Lots of lines to see the good stuff. Has to squeeze through people to catch a glimpse of the sharks. Overall good aquarium if you go at the right time.
  • I am from the S.F. bay area and have gone to a few really nice aquariums. This aquarium is by far the best aquarium I have ever been to. You can touch stingrays, the tops of jellyfish, tidepool creatures, and sharks here! There are so many exhibits it took five hours for us to get through everything which made it so worth it. Plus, they have a discount with AAA and even without it, it's cheaper than other aquariums that are not even as nice. Their gift shop is awesome and has so many types of souvenirs as well as home decor in all different themes. You will be amazed at how many sea creatures and animals they have here.
  • I've been here twice! My godson loved it. My favorite part is when you get to touch the jellyfish and sting rays.... Has a variety of fish to see ... On the weekend it's a little more crowed so patience is a must. During the week is when I prefer to go, less crowd. It has a few areas for the kids to play and let loose which gives the adults a chance to take a break.