Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach sits in an unassuming location near chain restaurants. From the outside, it doesn’t look there is a lot of activity but once inside the air-conditioned aquarium, it is buzzing with visitors and guests from all over Southern California.
Designed for family fun, the aquarium allows curious visitors to pet manatees, check out loggerhead turtles and touch jelly fish. Other sea life includes sharks, penguins, and a variety of fish species. Exploratory programs and educational sessions bring repeat visitors back to quest their hunger for learning more about the wondrous life under the sea.
- The Aquarium debuted its 13th show for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Science on Sphere (SOS). The World’s Water examines water as a precious resource and how people around the world, in both developing and developed countries, face water shortage, in some places, shortage of freshwater is a looming crisis exacerbated by climate change and a growing population.
- Sea Jellies fascinate visitors its forms, shapes and shades of colors. A dozen jelly species is on display at the Aquarium with new ones rotated periodically as seasonal species become available.
- Visitors can see more than 11,000 animals at the Aquarium, representing about 500 species of marine life. Most of the animals can be touched by visitors.
It takes a minimum of four hours to walk through the whole aquarium, take in a water show and engage in the touching pools outside the aquarium. It would be difficult to move through the whole aquarium with a child under 12 year old in less than one hour.
An adult ticket is $29.95, while a child under 11 years old cost $17.95. If you bundle your purchase with other attractions such as a cruise, harbor tour, Queen Mary, or Los Angeles Zoo, the price jumps by about 20 percent, depending on the selection.
Physical address: 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
Email: aquariumof firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone number: (562) 590-3100
Tip #1: Visit the website to plan your day to include shows and demonstrations.
Tip #2: Schedule a behind-the-scene tour to avoid the large crowd of visitors.
Tip #3: Download the two apps on your phone from the Aquarium’s website to maximize your visit.