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Aquarium of the Pacific

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The Aquarium of the Pacific's mission is to instill a sense of wonder, respect, and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants, and ecosystems.


Our vision is to create an aquarium dedicated to conserving and building Natural Capital (Nature and Nature's services) by building Social Capital (the interactions between and among peoples).

About Us:

The Aquarium of the Pacific is the fourth most-attended aquarium in the nation. It displays over 11,000 animals in more than 50 exhibits that represent the diversity of the Pacific Ocean. Each year more than 1.5 million people visit the Aquarium. Beyond its world-class animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists. Through these programs and a variety of multimedia experiences, the Aquarium provides opportunities to delve deeper into ocean science and learn more about our planet. The Aquarium of the Pacific has redefined the modern aquarium. It is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and a place where important topics facing our planet and our ocean are explored by scientists, policy-makers and stakeholders in the search for sustainable solutions.

The Aquarium features a NOAA Science on a Sphere, which exhibits imagery and real-time ocean and weather data on a six-foot diameter globe. It also presents daily shows covering topics such as sea level rise and marine ecosystems. Throughout the year, the Aquarium features art exhibits, performing arts shows, and cultural festivals as a way to engage new audiences and make science accessible.


Balakarthik Venkataramanan

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Impressive!!! This place was not in our original list of places to visit during our San Diego and LA trip. But, on the way from San Diego to LA, we decided that we will have a quick stop over here and we are glad we did. The variety of sea life here is amazing and there are some big sharks here too that you get to see up close. There are a lot of shows so check the timings and plan accordingly. I would say that the fee is very nominal compared to the variety you get to see. Took us about 3 hours to see all the exhibits. Strongly recommend to visit.

Local Friend

Thursday, May 17, 2018
This is a great aquarium for younger and older kids. You can touch small sharks, manta rays, jelly fish, etc., in the touching pond. There are a lot of exhibits for the kids. For younger kids, there is a little playground there, which they can enjoy a lot. All around, this is a great place to go to with kids. It is in a convenient area to go eat after you are done with the aquarium or to walk around and see the boats docked. They validate parking, so parking is only like $8 or $9. If you are a Kaiser employee or a AAA member, go to their website and they offer discounts.

Eric Sorenson

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
We have been members since it opened. It is a great aquarium and a great destination for the family. It can get busy during the holidays, but that's to be expected for any popular destination. Downtown Long Beach has also improved a lot over the years, so there are plenty of restaurants and bars nearby, as well as some good outlet stores like Nike and Columbia for fun after the aquarium. There are also harbor cruises and whale watching trips next door to the aquarium (not affiliated with the aquarium itself). There is also a park a short walk away with a hill that is super fun for small kids to play on. Highly recommend a visit.

Miguel Blass

Monday, April 30, 2018
Very nice aquarium that does good work. Was really into it when my children were little (2-4 yrs) as they had a blast touching the sharks and rays. Plus they spent most of their time playing in the tiny playground they have outside where they can get wet. The issue is that once you have been there 3-4 times there nothing new to see. Additionally some of the exhibits are showing their age but luckily they will be undertaking major renovations soon. It will be interesting to go back after those are done. Maybe then my older son will be more interested. If you can the one thing I really recommend you do is take the behind the scene tour. It's worth the money.

samuel r reighard

Friday, June 15, 2018
The Aquarium featured lots of interesting aquatic animals. The sea otters were easily trained and long lived up to 21 years in captivity. Kids had fun petting stingrays. There many types of fishes. Sharks and even a Moray eel and many types of jelly fish and sea horses. Fun place to visit and learn.

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