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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  • We used the free bus from the Queen Mary to the Aquarium. Spent several hours enjoying the exhibits. The only downside to our visit was the huge amount of school children. It was apparently “field tri...  more »
  • We traveled with our 14 and 17 year olds and they thought it was great too! You get to touch jelly fish, sting rays, sharks, sea urchins, etc. I think it is likely the best aquarium I have ever been t...  more »
  • Our adult son wanted to visit an aquarium on our California visit and based on reviews we chose the Aquarium of the Pacific. After driving an hour and a half one way, we were surprised we only spent o...  more »
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  • We're current members so we like to go when we can. I avoid weekends so can't really comment on that. During the week we try to get there at 1pm or after to avoid the school field trip crowds. We've been able to see everything the aquarium has to offer and let our 3 yr old explore at her own pace without feeling rushed or that she's missing out because we're so far away from the tanks. They try to incorporate an educational component at the bigger exhibits so checking times for demonstrations can be really helpful. They're currently remodeling and I can't wait to see it once it's complete.
  • Decided to do a quick morning trip before leaving LA. Long Beach and the area around the aquarium itself feels clean and nice. The aquarium I found to be good. Comparable to the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town South Africa where I live with the following exceptions... Two Oceans has a large shark exhibit that is well presented. Aquarium of Pacific has many touch displays which Two Oceans doesn't. I think it is difficult to really stand out an an Aquarium as many now have sharks on display which I imagine is a big draw card. Aquarium of the Pacific has many jellies on display which was both interesting and visually pleasing. Small shark and ray touch tank was nice but not too sure how great that is from and animal welfare point of view. I caught a bit of a talk at the main display tank when you walk in and based on that together with the general theme throughout I felt that the aquarium was ethically responsible and did have a conservationist priority.
  • Amazing. This place has amazing displays of different sea creatures and birds. The most amazing displays were the jellyfish where they looked so 3D and surreal. The Penguins were the kids favorite. There is a nice gift shop and things to do for all ages. We purchased some nectar in the birds exhibit so that the kids could feed the birds nectar and interact with them. The water table display was very educational along with everything else in the museum. We used our Axxess card to see what to do for the day and decided to go to the Pacific aquarium. Within walking distance there are tons of restaurants. We went to Gladstone's for fish on the waterfront and had a delightful lunch with the Queen Mary and Spruce Goose building in the distance. We could also see a lighthouse across the water way. The service was excellent in both places. There was a lot of help Staffing the aquarium to answer the most medial or complex questions.
  • This is truly a fantastic aquarium. My boyfriend and I went here for a day and were pleased with our experience. There are several touch tanks for those who want to interact with the fish, beautiful, well thought out exhibits featuring a huge variety of different fish, and my favorite, the interactive parrot walk through. You can go and have little parrots just land on you - it's so much fun. The staff were very knowledgeable and kind and the facility was clean and well-maintained. I recommend paying the extra few dollars to do the harbor cruise as well. It's overall a really great time.
  • I've been here twice and loved it. It's not a huge aquarium, so it's not a whole day event. We spent about 3-4 hours there each time, but we also had no kids in our party. They have field trips there, so keep in mind it gets crowded when all the school kids are there. It wasn't too crazy though. We all enjoyed ourselves, and got to see everything. The first time we went there were some exhibits under construction, but got to see them the second time. I really love the touch tanks! Definitely worth going to visit at least once!

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