Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Los Angeles

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#9 of 39 in Parks in Los Angeles
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  • This little place was enjoyable and educational, we gave a $5 donation per adult and spent 4 very enjoyable hours here.  more »
  • Easy to spend an hour or more. Lots to see. Volunteers on the weekend, youn teens very knowledgeable about their subject. Very reasonable admission. My guess would be 50 exhibits in one building. A se...  more »
  • This truly is one of the better aquariums. While it may not be the most nicely decorated ones, but it houses some pretty awesome sea creatures. admission is free, but please donate to help support suc...  more »
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  • A no-frills educational aquarium with a good assortment of shore and aquatic specimens. A favorite with everyone is the touch tank which opens periodically, with a docent explaining what is in the tank and who is available to answer any questions people have. There is also a an educational lab in a separate building, occasional lectures and movies are shown, and there are student volunteers available in the aquarium to demonstrate specific life processes for some of the sea creatures. The gift shop offers a wide range of gifts and mementos, some geared towards the many school children who visit, some geared toward tourists who want a simple reminder of their visit, and others for people who are genuinely artistic and appreciate fine things. There are even some beautiful educational charts and other items that would be quite useful to a teacher. The buyer does an excellent job of providing something for everyone. If you come on your own, and not as part of a tour group, you will have to pay for parking which is $1 per hour. Two hours will be sufficient to visit the aquarium, possibly even 1 hour if you are short on time. If you have the time and feel like taking a walk, the aquarium is right next to Cabrillo Beach, and next to the Cabrillo Marina, and fairly close to the entrance to the Los Angeles Harbor at San Pedro. A very nice walk is to take the Cabrillo Pier out to the end from where you can see the entrance to the harbor straight ahead, the marina on the left, breakwater on the right, and Cabrillo Beach on the right as well. It gives excellent views of cargo ships coming in and out of the harbor, a lighthouse at the entrance to the harbor, working oil platforms in the distance, and pleasure boaters of all kinds. An occasional whale has been spotted in the harbor, lots of pelicans fly around and sea gulls pigeons and other birds are often seen.
  • One of the best ocean views of the Pacific from Los Angeles! Great to view Catalina Island, too. This location has been used to shoot many parts of films--The Usual Suspects--and commercials. So even if you've never been, you might get the feeling that you have. The Korean bell is great too, they just refurbished it and its in tip-top shape! A great place for family photos!
  • Very fun museum for all ages and it's free! They accept donations and deserve every penny. Don't forget to stop by the "Tide pool touch tank" there's a lot to be discovered here. It's worth your time. My girlfriend and I WILL be coming back. (: free fun! Free free free fun fun fun!
  • It isn't huge but it isn't too small and its a lot of fun. It is inexpensive, so buy something from the shop or donate. Great variety of sea critters, a petting pool, a cool whale section with speakers that play what ever whale sounds you want, a good gift shop, fun learning and inside playground for kids, and a staff that goes above and beyond. Even tho they had closed , a man passionate about the sea let us have a quick look around the little lab and we had a perfect day.
  • Mid sized aquarium with such a wide variety of marine animals!!! There is so much information and animals to look at, I spent about 2 hours here just looking around! I love that the front of the aquarium is the beach! Like honestly 20 feet from the aquarium is the beach I love this location :) The facility is very clean and well kept, and you can see the aquarium lab where they raise jellyfish and algae 🌿🌿 There is also a very cute small gift shop with lots of choices and even some handmade stuff too 😊 Definitely a place I will be coming back to πŸ˜πŸ‘
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