Dedicated as much to education as entertainment, this recently expanded aquarium is the best way to get in touch with California’s sea life without getting wet. Highlights include playful sea otters, penguins and sea lions, and a touchable shark lagoon. The Pacific Visions wing added on a series of interactive, eco-minded info stations as well as a unique two-screen theater. Admission is a little on the pricey side, but you heard us say that there are sea otters, right?
While the oceanfront city may attract more visitors for its harbors and marinas than its beaches, there are plenty of things to do in Long Beach both on and off the water. Hop on the Metro Blue Line and explore downtown or take a drive across Naples’ scenic canals. For some Angelenos, Long Beach is just a starting point for a Catalina weekend getaway. But there are so many more things to do in Long Beach itself thanks to attractions like the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific and more below.
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