Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach

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100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 590-3100

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    Plan for the Aquarium

    by marinarena Updated May 29, 2015

    The Aquarium of the Pacific is the other marine wonderland of Southern California (Sea World in San Diego is first and foremost marine land of course). In my mind, AotP is a good rival also to the Monterey Aquarium in northern California.

    Note:
    Open 9AM-6PM daily*

    Do try to arrive via public transit. The Metro Blue line is about 5-10 min away walking distance. Also, there are free downtown Long Beach shuttles that stop nearby as well as several Metro and other buses. metro.net

    Convenient garage parking is available, $8* . Park a little further at the Pike center or street parking for cheaper parking.
    Generally come on any day Mon-Wed to avoid major crowds, especially during non-summer days.

    There are special engagements at the aquarium at extra costs (for example a 3D show), which, may or may not be worth your while. The extra bucks spent from the already high admission cost may be a let down. Decide for yourself. Visit aquariumofpacific.org for updated attraction list.

    * Subject to change

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    A Very Nice Aquarium to Visit!

    by GracesTrips Updated Oct 22, 2014

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    I've been to the aquarium three times so far. I've enjoy going every time. It's not so big that you have to spend the entire day. Some of the attractions are great like the shark exhibit, the sting ray touch exhibit and this last time you could touch jellyfish. Very close by are some pretty good restaurants to eat at. You can use your Auto Club membership for a discounted price, too!

    Please check out my travelogue for more pics!

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    Aquarium of the Pacific

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 29, 2013

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    Located just within the Shoreline Village, Pine Ave Pier is the Aqarium of the Pacific. It is the world's largest ocean at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. You can meet 11,000 animals as you explore exhibits that represent sunny Southern California, Baja, Northern Pacific, and the reefs of the Tropical Pacific. You can actually touch sharks in the Shark Lagoon and enjoy a AnimalVision 3-D film. It is a place for all ages to enjoy.

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    Aquarium of the Pacific

    by american_tourister Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A World Class facility dedicated to showcasing the sealife found in all areas of the Pacific Ocean. The aquarium is a striking design meant to convey the power of the sea. It has life sized blue whales suspended from the ceiling, 30 foot tall tanks, million gallon tanks, hands on exhibits, special exhibits, sea lion shows, sea otter shows, etc.

    We are quite proud of it and were very enthusiastic Charter Members. Special functions are held here on occasion.

    Some coral reef color
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    Love them fishies...

    by joits Written Jun 6, 2006

    It's not the best aquarium I've ever been to, but it's still a cool place to visit. Lots of interesting marine life to look at. The jellyfish are usually one of the most popular animals because if you can take a great photo, it really looks fantastic. Some of the popular animals to view are the sealions, the giant lobsters, the sharks, manta rays, eels, etc. There are even Lorikeets there and when you enter their enclosure, they fly freely around you, sometimes landing on your shoulders or bags. There are also places where you are allowed to reach into the water and touch the fishies. If you got kids, they will LOVE this place.

    Another great thing about the aquarium is it's location. Once you're done, you can always walk around the harbor, or go for a cruise or tour of the harbor, or you can walk to the nearby restaurants at Shoreline Village like Yard House or Sprinkbok and get a bite to eat.

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    The Aquarium of the Pacific

    by MarleneAlvarado Updated May 27, 2006

    It is a great place. I especially like their exhibit of exotic sea horses. They look like delicate beautiful floating leaves. The museum is also near a pier where you can take the local Water Taxi and Bus that is run by the city of Long Beach. They only cost about $5, and they are great way to see Long Beach from the ocean. They take you to the Queen Mary, Shoreline village and Los Alamitos Pier, which are nice places to eat and shop. Although the Queen Mary is a little tawdry. She has seen better days

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    Look at the fish without getting wet

    by kyoub Written Dec 30, 2005

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    One of the largest aquariums in the United States and home to nearly 1,000 marine species native to the Pacific Ocean, Aquarium of the Pacific is a must see when in Long Beach.
    My hubby took roll after roll of film here on the day that we visited. One of my favorites is the dozen or so of different kinds of sea jellies. These mysterious animals have no eyes and no brain, yet they have thrived in our oceans for millions of years.

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  • Lorikeets!!!

    by Pinkykitty Updated Mar 10, 2005

    To tell you the truth, I didn't like the Aquarium that much, well, I liked it, but I thought that the entrance fee of $18 (plus $6 for parking) was too much. The aquarium is very small, but I guess it takes a lot of money to mantain the exhibits. What I liked was that the water inside the exhibits moved, imitating the ocean. You can also pet the sharks (the smallest ones they have, of course) see when they feed the fish, and then you can go to the Lorikeet forest where you can feed those beautiful birds that look like parrots. They charge $1 for the special bird food.
    After the Aquarium, you can walk on the boardwalk and enjoy the ocean.

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    Aquarium of the Pacific

    by jenn_d Written Jan 21, 2003

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    Wander through the maze of exhibits and view marine life from the Pacific Ocean. The Aquarium is a a non profit organization which seeks to instill a sense of wonder, respect, and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean and its inhabitants. Exhibits include the So Cal/Baja Gallery; Northern Pacific Gallery; Tropical Pacific Gallery; and the Jelly Fish Gallery.

    The newest exhibit is Shark Lagoon. Visitors can pet smaller sharks(nurse, bamboo, zebra
    and sand sharks) as well as sting rays and then peer into an underwater tank at an amazing collection of dangerous sharks.

    The Aquarium is open 9-6 daily. Parking is $2 an hour. Admission is 18.95 for adults. For $30 you can purchase a dual pass for the Aquarium and the neighboring Queen Mary.

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    Aquarium of the Pacific

    by ejroberts Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The Aquarium of the Pacific is one of the largest aquariums in the United States. Its 550 species fill 17 major living habitats, 30 smaller exhibits and takes visitors on a journey throughout the Pacific Ocean's three regions: Southern California/Baja; the Tropical Pacific and the Northern Pacific.

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    Aquarium of the Pacific

    by TinKan Updated Mar 24, 2003

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    Aquarium of the Pacific is a great place to go when you visit Long Beach.

    Check out getting a membership.

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    The Aquarium of the Pacific

    by Kbird009 Written Mar 2, 2003

    This is an awesome place with things you have probably never seen before. This place is great for kids who like to explore things for they have pools to touch and feel the sea creatures of the deep.

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