Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA

100 Aquarium WayLong Beach, CA 90802
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Overview

The Aquarium of the Pacific features more than 11,000 ocean animals representing nearly 500 species. Its focus is the Pacific Ocean, exploring the waters of the Tropical, Southern California, and Northern Pacific. There are 19 major habitats and 32 focus exhibits, as well as an ocean science and animal care center. Highlights include a shark lagoon, sea lion sanctuary, and Blue Cavern.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Long Beach Travel Experts
  • Re-entry is allowed for same-day visits.
  • Parking cost $8.
  • Open rain or shine.
  • Don't miss the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, interactive Shark Lagoon, or Lorikeet Forest.
  • More than 500 different species are on display.

Description

from Aquarium of the Pacific
Celebrating 20 Years!

Take a journey of discovery at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Discover sunny Southern California and Baja, the frigid waters of the Northern Pacific, and the colorful reefs of the Tropical Pacific. Come face-to-face with the ocean’s ultimate predators in Shark Lagoon, hand-feed colorful lorikeet birds, and watch our Magellanic Penguins play.

NOW OPEN Pacific Visions: Explore the new stunning glass building to experience a state-of-the-art immersive theater, interactive art installations, engaging multimedia displays, and live animal exhibits. Explore underwater realms and future possibilities, and help create a new planet right here on Earth.

The centerpiece of Pacific Visions, the Honda Pacific Visions Theater, features an 8-minute film with multi-sensory effects to enhance the show, including seat rumblers, wind, fog, and scents. The massive 180-degree curved screen and floor projection disc encompass the viewers’ full range of vision, creating a uniquely immersive experience. The theater experience is included in admission and no reservations are necessary. There’s no better time to visit the Aquarium then now!

Come face-to-face with and even touch the ocean's ultimate predators in Shark Lagoon, hand-feed colorful lorikeet birds, and watch our Magellanic Penguins play. Now delve into the intriguing world of sea jellies. Discover new animals, exhibits, films, programs, and more. Find out the fascinating truth about these beautiful yet mysterious animals and their importance to our ocean planet. With affordable prices and entertaining AND educational experience for the whole family, there is no better time to visit the Aquarium of the Pacific than now.

Now Open FROGS: Dazzling and Disappearing at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Southern California.
Explore the world of frogs from lush rainforests to arid deserts. Uncover mysteries behind frogs and their amphibian relatives as you discover more than two dozen of these aquatic and terrestrial creatures in thematic exhibits. Learn why frogs and other amphibians are disappearing from our planet and what you can do to help.

Aquarium of the Pacific is celebrating its twentieth anniversary with special programs, events, exhibits, and contests highlighting the institution’s history and future. Learn about and meet some of our original animals, such as Charlie the sea otter and Theo and Lou the sea turtles. Visitors also have the chance to meet some new residents that have arrived just in time for the celebration, including a baby harbor seal born in April to Shelby, one of the Aquarium’s original animals.

Now Open Pacific Vision
The movie runs every 20 minutes, but you must have a timed ticket. Please proceed directly to the main Aquarium entrance, and you will be given a timed-ticket for entry into Pacific Visions for the next available showing.

2019 Festivals:
  • First Responders Day: Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

  • Moompetam: Native American Festival: Saturday & Sunday, September 21st-22nd, 2019

  • Baja Splash Cultural Festival: Saturday & Sunday, September 28th-29th, 2019

  • Southeast Asia Day: Saturday, October 5th, 2019

  • Scarium of the Pacific: Saturday & Sunday, October 26th-27th, 2019

  • NOAA and Our Planet Day: Saturday, November 2nd, 2019

  • Veterans Day: Monday, November 11th, 2019

  • Autumn Festival: Saturday & Sunday, November 16th-17th, 2019

  • Holiday Treats for the Animals: Saturday & Sunday, December 7th-8th, 2019

  • Aquarium Holidays: December 7th-23rd, 2019

Los Angeles Customer Reviews

29 Reviews
Willie Hernandez
Pearl City, HI
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Nice Aquarium for the Size"
June 2019
Overall my daughter and I had a great visit to the aquarium, although we felt it was smaller than we are used to. The employees and volunteers were very nice and the information provided during their briefings were provided with motivation and passion. The price was a higher than what we are used to, yet, this is California and to my knowledge the monies go to both the upkeep and research and saving efforts for marine life.
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Tip: Parking gets full fast, so be sure to drive around the Long Beach area known as The Pike to find different parking areas near the aquarium

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Aramazd Fidanian
Glendale, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Had a great time with the family!"
March 2019
It was a really fun experience with my wife and 14 month old son. Especially the the parrot portion where we got to feed the birds. They attacked us as soon as we walked in and my son had a BLAST with it.
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Yunior Perez
Covina, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Sophia's enjoying"
January 2019
I came here with my two years old doughther to have some fun but i dont expect she going to like it so much that go three times all around this place thank you so much reserve Los Angeles
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Tip: Is a nice place for kids and adults bring your all family they gonna love it

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Carlos Gavin
Long beach, CA
1 Review
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"Aquarium of the Pacific"
January 2019
It was my second visit to the aquarium after 3 years and I really enjoyed it, again. I would recommend it to the everyone.
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Tip: It is not a huge aquarium but it it's worth visiting

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April Amparano
Whittier , CA
1 Review
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"We love the aquarium"
December 2018
My one year old just loved it she loved to see the seals and the sharks and the Penguins she loved the aquarium of the Pacific that we are going to get a membership she didn't want to leave
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Tip: They should see all the shows and the sharks eating

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Dolly Bailey
Anaheim, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Got an annual pass! Yeah!!"
November 2018
My Grandsons & I had an awesome time! So glad we have an annual pass so we can go again soon!!
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Tip: You can actually touch some of the fish!

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Jessica Barrios
Los angeles , CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome"
October 2018
The aquarium is an amazing place. It's a family place , you can touch different kind of sea animals like sea urchins., sting gray, jellyfish and something like that.
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Joann Valentine
Eaton, CO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"It Was Incredible!!"
September 2018
My husband and I took our 2 year old granddaughter to the aquarium to "Find Nemo and Dory" we had an incredible time watching her little face exploring everything!! The "touching" pools were incredible, we touched everything in them. Her shirt was soaking wet by time we were done. When she found the tank with all the clown fish, the look of bewilderment was priceless!! I highly recommend using Reserve Los Angeles to get tickets it was easy and self explanatory!! Wonderful experience and will defiantly use it the next time we go. Thank You "Reserve Los Angles" and "Aquarium of the Pacific" for the great experience. Oh and Bubba Gump's Shrimp Co. was right outside to get food after.
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Tip: It is Easy to use "Reserve Los Angeles." I highly recommend it.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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sweetnsourlady
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"Great Place!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2019 NEW
I attended a private event at the Aquarium and it was a great place and a great event. I loved the exhibits, the staff and the price was reasonable ( I checked because I was going to attend before I found out I was invited to a free event). I would love to attend again with my kid.
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BethMorrison6
Dalton, Georgia
"Fun for families "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 17, 2019 NEW
There were tons of families when we were there. Hard to walk amongst all of the strollers. The aquarium definitely caters to families S it should. An adult traveling with friends can hit the highlights in an hour! Just watch out for strollers!
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jonathanM1234567
"Really Nice Aquarium"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 16, 2019 NEW
I really enjoyed visiting the Aquarium of the Pacific. It's located right down by the waterfront in Long Beach, just a stone's throw from the Queen Mary. The museum was recently renovated and looks great. Though it's not the largest aquarium around, it has some very nice exhibits, and more interactive exhibits than a lot of places. We were able to touch sharks, manta rays, horseshoe crabs, jellyfish, and more. We also had a lot of fun with the lorikeet exhibit. If you buy a little $4 cup of sugar water outside, the birds will land on you and drink from it. The staff were friendly, parking's easy, and you can even pair an aquarium visit with a whale watching tour.
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Rita T
"Attended a Conference"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed July 11, 2019 NEW
It’s small and seems a little outdated. The gift shop was wonderful and the prices were right. There were some seals who were extra friendly, though.
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MRO_13
Moreno Valley, California
"Fun and Educational too!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 11, 2019 NEW
The Aquarium of the Pacific is a great place for the whole family to spend the day, On display are fish and other marine life from all around the world. Upon entry, you receive a wonderful Visitor Guide and Map which is extremely useful. It not only tells you where everything is, but it also has colored pictures and nice descriptions of the various sea life on display. This guide can be a useful sea life reference even after my visit, In the Honda Pacific Visions Theater you can see a very enlightening multi sensory film that shows ideas for for conservation and how we could create a sustainable future. Pacific Visions also has many other high-tech multimedia exhibits which really made me think of how we must steer clear of energy sources that pollute and lean toward sustainable sources. I had an overall great experience at the Aquarium of the Pacific. I enjoyed looking at the fish, birds, penguins, etc. Unfortunately, we didn't have a chance to dine or catch an animal show. We really enjoyed the gift shop! So many beautiful things to buy,
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Frequently Asked Questions about Aquarium of the Pacific

Do you have wheelchairs, what’s the cost to rent one?
Wheelchairs are complimentary and can be checked out at the information desk on a first come, first serve basis.

Do you have strollers?
The Aquarium offers baby “backpacks”, which can be borrowed free of charge at our information desk. We do not offer strollers at this time. While we do not have strollers for use, you are always welcome to bring your own. Also, on very busy days we have stroller parking areas throughout the Aquarium for your convenience.

Are cameras or video cameras allowed?
Cameras and video cameras are permitted in the Aquarium, as long as the footage is for personal use. Tripods are not permitted.

Are pets allowed?
We do not allow any animals or pets into our facility, except for licensed service dogs. This is to ensure the safety and health of our animals.

Do you allow outside food in the Aquarium?
The Aquarium does not allow any outside food within the Aquarium. However, we do have picnic tables located in the front grass area on a first come, first serve basis. Any snacks, lunches or editable items may be consumed in this area.

Are you open when it’s raining?
Yes, we are still open in the rain! Occasionally the Lorikeet Forest will close when it rains if the ground becomes slick, however, all other exhibits will remain open.

Do you have locker facilities available?
Unfortunately, we do not have any lockers available at this time.

Do you have a restaurant at your facility?
We have a cafeteria style restaurant called Café Scuba that is available for guests on our second floor.

Do you allow re-entry into the Aquarium?
Re-entry will be allowed for same day visits at the Aquarium. Be sure to have your hand stamped at the exit door. You will need a valid hand stamp to be allowed re-entry on the same date of visit.

Does my child under 3 need an admission ticket?
There is no charge for children under the age of 3 to visit the Aquarium.

Is there a place where nursing mothers can breastfeed?
Yes, there is a family area in the downstairs women’s restroom located near the coffee cart in the Great Hall of the Aquarium.

What is the cost of parking?
Parking is available at an adjacent parking structure (99 Aquarium Way) for a fee. The cost is currently $8, and payment is accepted by cash or checks only.