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Aquariums & Marine Science

Blue Submarine

The Blue Submarine is a marine biology outreach program offering classes and activities for students pre-K through 8th grade. Topics are presented in an interactive format and live tide pool animals are available for certain classes. They can also bring live tidepool animals to you, adding an unforgettable experience to a birthday party or special event.

Ocean Institute

Interactive exhibits, marine life, touch tanks, a variety of cruises (whale watching, bioluminescence night cruises), including sails on the tall ship, The Spirit of Dana Point. Their new marine education center focusing on sharks, opens in 2020 and tours are available aboard our tall ship the Pilgrim. 

Aquarium of the Pacific

More than 12,000 ocean animals, including penguins, sea otters and shark touch pools. Stop by the shrimp cart for a “marine manicure,” and let the lorikeets perch on your head to get a sip of nectar. Parent-and-me classes; Junior Biologist; Job Shadow opportunity for teens; whale watching; and family sleepovers also offered. Plus, educational programs, birthday parties, and camps.

Birch Aquarium

Visit more than 5,000 fish in 60+ habitats. Get hands-on in their living tide pool exhibit. Watch a shark feeding or catch a show and witness divers descent into two-story Giant Kelp Forests while answering guest questions and feeding the animals.

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Thirty-five saltwater tanks and touch tanks, plus discovery labs and an Aquatic Nursery with baby sea animals. Ongoing programs include tours, workshops and classes, camps, youth docents, family programs, annual events, tide pool walks and grunion runs.

Heal the Bay Aquarium

Located under the Santa Monica Pier, enjoy more than 100 species, featuring touch tanks with tide-pool animals. Plus year-round field-trip programs, kids’ classes, party packages, special-themed event days, and summer camps.

Legoland’s Sea Life Aquarium

Sea Life Aquarium is the home to over 350 different species and more than 6,000 creatures. Interactive activities include touch pools, dive shows and feedings.

Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles

Visitors can view rescued seal and sea lion patients from a safe distance; free. Docent-led tours are available for groups of 10 or more. Volunteer opportunities for high schoolers; plus educational events and activities offered throughout the year.

Pacific Marine Mammal Center

Rescues, rehabilitates and releases marine mammals. After-school and Girl Scouts programs available. Participants can learn how to rehabilitate seal and sea lion patients through a series of mock activities including weighing fish, preparing fish smoothies, cleaning pens and learning the art of marine mammal rescue.

Roundhouse Aquarium

Located at the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier, the Roundhouse Aquarium has viewing and touch tanks that display marine fish and invertebrates. Visit the kid’s area with books and puzzles. Plus, Summer Science Beach Camp, and birthday party packages. 

The SEA Lab

Hands-on coastal science education center that offers free and low-cost programs, touch-tank tours, public fish feeding, field trips and parties. Summer camps also offered.