Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA

100 Aquarium WayLong Beach, CA 90802
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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.


from Aquarium of the Pacific
Celebrating 20 Years!
Take a journey of discovery at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Explore our exhibits and 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 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 an 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.

Tripster Customer Reviews

28 Reviews
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
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"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
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"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
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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Kaysi Hanks
Las Vegas , NV
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great Family Spot"
September 2018
Very clean and had lots of attractions to keep us busy. We were killing time waiting for cruise. Lots of exhibits and friendly staff to answer any questions we had.
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Tip: Take comfortable walking shoes, and make sure you bring a working camera!

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Chris D
Long Beach, California
"Beautiful aquarium in Long Beach, CA"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 16, 2019 NEW
My out of town guests who lived in CA 40 years ago, requested to come here as part of their short stay. The seniors in our group especially loved this aquarium. It's easy to navigate, there was a great Q & A session, touch tanks, and divers in the water this particular day. The huge tanks, lighting and habitats are just gorgeous.
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Steve P
Toronto, Canada
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 15, 2019 NEW
Long beach is an amazing city , with harbor, lakes, channels, yachts, etc.If you go to long beach you must visit the Aquarium, it costs 30$.
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
"Aquarium visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 07, 2019 NEW
Looking for something new on a trip with my daughter. Decided to go to the aquarium with my daughter and mom and dad. The aquarium is desent sized with elevator access to the 2nd level. There are also exhibits outside. Outside, the moon jelly lab was cool. You get to pet live jelly fish! You also can pet rays and sharks. We also went into thw lorikeet exhibit and fed the birds, nectar. The birds flew rifht to our hands, landwd on our arms and drank the nectar. The sea lions and penguins are also outside. We got to see the fewding/training of the aea lions, which was fun. Inside, there are lots of walk through exhibits representing different areas of the Pacific. There is also a frog and other amphibian exhibit. I would recommend getting a coupon like we did, and save money. We had one for $21.98 pee ticket, instad of the regular admission. Don't forget to validate your parking ticket if you are staying longer than 3 hours to get parking at $8. All in all, a nice spend of a half a day.
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"Favorite aquarium"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 02, 2019 NEW
I've gone here ever since I was a little girl and I'm still going and I'm almost 18! my favorite exhibit is the lorakeets and the stingrays
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Quito, Ecuador
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 01, 2019 NEW
Great aquarium with a fantastic variety of expositions from Pacific fauna to Amazon frogs. Try to get in early before the school field trips!
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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.