Aquarium of the Pacific
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).
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.
Dee Dee Henley
This is a wonderful aquarium for the entire family. There are many animal interaction opportunities amid a diverse selection of marine wildlife. The exhibits feature a wide range of fascinating animals and fish. The coral reef exhibits are particularly beautiful. Everything is designed with children in mind, so even little ones have easy access to most exhibits. There is also plenty of room for wheelchair access. There is a decent selection of food available which makes it easy and enjoyable to spend the day. Our family, ages four to ninety-five, all greatly enjoyed the day here.
This is a beautiful aquarium. It has a ton of exhibits and even has an aviary, which I did not expect. It is well laid out, and is very kid friendly. I would recommend going to get something to eat on the pier, which is right outside of the aquarium. The food inside is way overpriced. Also, if you want to do a combo deal (i.e. Queen Mary) do the other portion first. We got tickets to the Queen Mary and the aquarium and now have to come back. The Queen Mary sells out of guided tour tickets early, which the aquarium doesn't mention.
First time here, came on a (busy) Sunday but it was still pleasent and not too crowded. Went with our 18 months-old and she LOVED it. So did we. The exhibits are really interesting, the staff very friendly. Great place to spend a hot morning. We'll definitely come back again soon.
Greatly place to visit for both locals and tourists. Exhibits are well thought out and the multiple touch pools are interesting for visitors if all ages. They have a permanent exhibit that focuses on California/Western coastal regions. The rotating exhibits make for an interesting return visit. They are currently undergoing on expansion that is projected to open in 2019.
It's a good place to bring the kids. There are many School field trips here during the weekday so it is going to be a bit crowded. I thought there would be much more to see but for the kids it was enough to keep them entertained for a couple of hours. FYI Parking is $8 in the aquarium garage.