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

Tripster Customer Reviews

30 Reviews
Mary D.
Lynnfiled, MA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"You really ‘otter’ go!"
August 2019 NEW
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
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"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
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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TripAdvisor Reviews
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jeffreys677
Long Beach, California
"So much fun so much learning"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 18, 2019 NEW
The Long Beach aquarium and new pacific visions is a thrill. There are fantastic exhibitions and many opportunities to be awed and learn. The children here were all riveted the price is affordable its air conditioned and fun for at least 1/2 day.
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onpointaboutit
Lethbridge, Canada
"Why do they have large mammals caged?"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed August 18, 2019 NEW
The aquarium itself is clean, modern, well staffed and interesting but I was dismayed that they keep seals confined to do tricks for an audience. Not necessary with what we know about the mammals I think it’s cruel and heartless.
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Diane G
McQueeney, Texas
"Busy with kids but informative"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 18, 2019 NEW
I understand this is a place for children and it is a wonderful experience for them. No problem. The staff was very informative and patient with everyone. I loved the theater experience.
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David R
"must see!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 18, 2019 NEW
Nice aquarium to see. Not a huge place but well layed out in Pacific ocean regions. They are very well maintained exibits and are updated frequently. Many interactive things to do and volunteers do a good job of telling about the exhibits.
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mrsbaker123
"Enjoyable way to spend an afternoon!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 15, 2019 NEW
Trying something to find to fill a summer afternoon with an 11 year-old we picked the Aquarium of the Pacific. It was fun, easy to navigate. Parking, Restaurants and Shopping at the Pike (nearby and minutes from home). The exhibits are educational. The lectures and films were also very well done. Skip the passport scavenger hunt its not worth the effort. Although, the passport idea was a great way to see the entire aquarium. Great staff and volunteers.
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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.