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.
Aquariums & Marine Science
Interactive exhibits, marine life, touch tanks and ecology cruises, plus presentations and Sunday tours aboard the tallship Pilgrim.
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 are also available as well as birthday parties, and summer camps. Don’t miss Pacific Visions, a major expansion opening in late May!
Visit more than 5,000 fish in 60+ habitats. Get hands-on with sea stars, hermit crabs, sea cucumbers and more 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. Don’t miss the new Seadragon exhibition opening in the summer of 2019.
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.
More than 100 species, featuring touch tanks with tide-pool animals, plus year-round field-trip programs, kids’ classes, party packages and special-themed event days. Visit the website for hours.
Sea Life Aquarium is the home to over 350 different species and more than 6,000 creatures. The aquarium offers 16 interactive zones to explore and learn about marine life, touch pools, and the exhibit Sea at Night. In this exhibit, you’ll experience bioluminescent tides as you walk a simulated coastline under the stars, and splash in waves projected on the ground, giving the effect of a crashing tide.
The Marine Mammal Care Center rehabilitates seals and sea lions rescued from the LA County coastline. The center is open to the public every day of the year during daylight hours. Visitors can see seal and sea lion patients from a safe distance. Docent-led tours are available for groups.
Summer camps, 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.
Located at the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier, the Roundhouse Aquarium serves as an educational facility. Inside are viewing and touch tanks each displaying selection of marine fish and invertebrates. There’s also a kid’s area with books and puzzles.Summer Science Beach Camp also offered, plus birthday party packages.