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Aquarium of the Pacific

Things to do Long Beach
5 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)

Dedicated as much to education as entertainment, this spectacular aquarium more than justifies the drive down to Long Beach. Inevitably, the Shark Lagoon and its touchable habitat is the most popular exhibit. Other highlights include the adorable Sea Otter Habitat and 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 and a variety of exotic creatures in the Gulf of California exhibit.


Venue name: Aquarium of the Pacific
Address: 100 Aquarium Way
at Shoreline Dr
Long Beach

Opening hours: 9am-6pm daily.
Price: $30 general admission
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Average User Rating

4.7 / 5

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The Aquarium is fairly thorough, though not too big. I went there with an adult friend and a child and feel that we equally had fun. It gets a bit crowded on weekends so you have to be a bit pushy to work through the crowds. I always find the jelly fish exhibits spectacular and soothing. The sea otters are completely adorable and happy. It's a good mix of aquariums behind glass as well as the outdoor exhibits of stingrays and other creatures that you can touch.


Great aquarium. Not too big, but exhibits are easy to view and interact with. All the animals seem happy (or at least not sad and distant) so that's a huge plus! Lots of educational opportunities but also able to just go and enjoy the penguins and otters and sharks (oh my!)

Aquarium of the Pacific is such an educational adventure for people of all ages. There are so many interesting exhibits to go to and sea creatures to see that you should really plan an entire day around your trip—you can even touch some of them! The Aquarium is always adding new exhibits and interesting educational programs to increase awareness for eco-friendly awareness. They also do these awesome 21+ and over events where they bring in alcohol and DJs and basically have a club night inside the aquarium. They are really innovative without ever forgetting their mission. Love this place.