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 12,000 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 multisensory 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!.

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:
  • 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
  • Tripster Customer Reviews

    30 Reviews
    Mary D.
    Lynnfiled, MA
    1 Review
    Verified Traveler
    "You really ‘otter’ go!"
    August 2019
    I took my 20 year old daughter to the aquarium for the first time in 14 years and the marine life inspired smiles and a sense of joy that was child-like. We had a wonderful day. So worth the trip to Long Beach!
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    Tip: You should not miss the animal shows. A schedule for the specific times is given to you along with the pamphlet. You won’t be disappointed!

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    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
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    "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
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    "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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    C G
    "Queen Mary is fabulous! GO"
    TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
    Reviewed September 11, 2019 NEW
    Brunch on Sunday is fantastic also,not cheap tho. It's also great to just walk the ship and sit in the observation deck bar. I'm going Friday night 9/20.
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    teyiona
    Charleston, West Virginia
    "Beautiful "
    TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
    Reviewed September 10, 2019 NEW
    The aquarium was beautiful. Especially the many different jellies. Just expected to see a few more selections had a lot of the same things.
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    aliciamar23
    Long Beach, California
    "Best Aqurium on the West Coast"
    TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
    Reviewed September 06, 2019 NEW
    This aqurium has everything you want tropical fish, artic animals, and so many other kinds of sea animals like penguins.
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    410brettb
    Newport Beach
    "See the ocean without going to Sea"
    TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
    Reviewed September 04, 2019 NEW
    Living in California, by the Ocean, we rarely get to see anything. This will give you a view of the Oceans without getting wet. The variety of sea life is amazing and you have no idea until you see it all in one place. The best part is that the water is clear to see all the fish that normally are hidden in cloudy water. My wife and I enjoy going here each year each summer. Our favorite thing to do is visit the Lorekeet birds and feed them. They come right over to you and land on your shoulder if you have the nectar they feed on. The shark pool is great but its about as close as I want to get to them, I still remember seeing Jaws in the theater. Get there early so you can find a parking spot in the structure, it fills up quickly. We usually have lunch outside on the boardwalk area as there are plenty of nice choices.
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    Terese B
    Detroit, Michigan
    "Delightful experience - amazing variety and fabulous staff"
    TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
    Reviewed September 04, 2019 NEW
    Wear walking shoes, be prepared to be outside - I assumed an aquarium would be mostly indoors - NOT TRUE for this site. And it is delightful. DO be sure to visit the lorikeet area and see the free films (some are 3D) while you are there. If you like to collect smashed pennies - bring quarters and pennies!
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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.