Aquarium of the Pacific

Take a journey of discovery through the world’s largest ocean at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach.

Visit the Aquarium’s more than 12,000 ocean animals, including jellies, penguins, sea otters and shark touch pools, and explore the new Pacific Visions, the Aquarium’s first major expansion. It features a state-of-the-art theater, and gallery with game tables, interactive displays, and live Animal Ambassadors (four sessions daily, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.) — where kids can explore ways to create a better future for our planet.

Stop by the shrimp cart to receive a “marine manicure” from their tropical cleaner shrimp (daily, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.). Immerse yourself in Lorikeet Forest -purchase a small cup of nectar, the lorikeets’ favorite food- the birds will land on your hand or even your head to get a sip of sweet nectar. Visit the large, outdoor touch pool, for the chance to put “two fingers” on bamboo sharks, epaulette sharks, fiddler rays, and cownose rays.

Parent and Me classes (ages 2-6, with parent), Junior Biologist (ages 7-12), Job Shadow (ages 13-17), and Animal Encounters (ages 10+) are offered, as well as whale watching and family sleepovers!

January – June, get up close with the ocean’s ultimate predators for free during Shark Lagoon Nights. Guests have the opportunity to touch smaller sharks, and see large sharks at the Shark Lagoon exhibit on select Friday evenings, 6-9 p.m.

Educational programs, birthday parties, and camps are also offered. Visit their website for more events and special promotions.

Open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. every day except Christmas day.

Adults, $34.95; kids (3-11), $24.95; seniors (62+), $26.95.

Kidsguide Tip: The Aquarium’s family membership (including their grandparent version) are a great value!

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