Aquarium of the Pacific

Long Beach

Dedicated as much to education as entertainment, this spectacular aquarium more than justifies the drive down to Long Beach, especially if the alternative is the razzle-dazzle of San Diego's considerably pricier SeaWorld. Inevitably, the Shark Lagoon is the most popular exhibit. Other highlights include the low-key but fascinating Whales: Voices of the Sea. Much of the rest of the aquarium is divided geographically: loveable sea lions in the Southern California section, all kinds of garish fish in the Tropical Pacific area, a variety of exotic creatures in the new Gulf of California exhibit.

Venue name: Aquarium of the Pacific
Address: 100 Aquarium Way
at Shoreline Dr
Los Angeles

Opening hours: 9am-6pm daily.
Price: $11.95–$20.95
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