Aquarium of the Pacific
More than 11,000 ocean animals are featured in three main galleries with 19 major habitats and 32 focus exhibits, including over 500 different species. Educational programs also available as well as annual events and camps. Admission: adults, $29.95; kids (3-11), $17.95; seniors (62+), $26.95.
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach
Daily animal feedings as well as educational, hands-on visitor activities. Adults, $18.50; kids (3-17), $14.
UC San Diego, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Thirty-five saltwater tanks and touch tanks, plus discovery labs and an Aquatic Nursery with baby sea animals. Ongoing science programs include tours, workshops and classes, camps, youth docents, family programs, annual events, tide-pool walks and grunion runs. Suggested admission donation: $1-5.
3720 Stephen White Drive, San Pedro
Legoland’s Sea Life Aquarium
Features play zones, touch pools, fun facts and quiz trails, as well as jellyfish, sea horses, stingrays and sharks. New this year: Sea at Night, an exhibit where you can walk a simulated coastline under the stars, and splash in waves projected on the ground, giving the effect of a crashing tide. $20-22.
One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad
Interactive exhibits, marine life, touch tanks and ecology and whale-watching cruises, plus presentations and Sunday tours aboard the tallship Pilgrim.
24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point
Classes, camps and parties also offered. Donations: $2 per person; $5 per family.
Manhattan Beach Pier
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
Year-round field-trip programs, kids’ classes, party packages and special-themed event days. Adults, $5; and kids (12 and under), free.
1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica
The SEA Lab
Free and low-cost programs, touch-tank tours, public fish feedings, field trips and parties. Admission: $5.
1021 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach