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Aquarium of the Pacific

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Dedicated to the world's most diverse and largest body of water, the Aquarium of the Pacific has spectacular galleries and exhibits. Visitors can explore the waters off Baja and Southern California as well as the sultry Tropical Pacific and the icy Northern Pacific realms. Over 11,000 marine animals from almost 500 different species live in this premier facility.


  • Face-to-face contact with the ocean's ultimate predator in the Shark Lagoon
  • Hand feed Lorikeet birds in the authenticated wetlands of Australia waves
  • Enjoy a film combining state-of-the-art 3-D technology and digital animation projected across 8 giant screens
  • A variety of educational programs, classes, courses and guest speakers
  • An outdoor adventure in Explorer's Cove
  • Blue Cavern - A 142,000-gallon, three-story high exhibit
  • Amber Forest - A beautiful bed of giant swaying kelp that offers examples of local Southern California ocean life
  • 211,000 gallon Seal and Sea Lion Habitat
  • The Aquarium's Sea of Cortez - Specimens of the variety of life in one of the most biologically productive and diverse seas in the world
The architectural style of the Aquarium of the Pacific is designed to mimic the lofty waves of the ocean that inspired the facility's galleries and exhibits. Welcoming nearly 1.4 million visitors each year, the aquarium is the largest facility of its kind in Southern California and the third largest cultural attraction in the Los Angeles area. The interactive displays and exhibits create an exciting, entertaining and educational experience for the entire family.

The new wing features interactive exhibitions, the State-of-the-art immersive Honda Pacific Visions Theater, an art gallery that transports visitors under the ocean, and live animal exhibits. The Pacific Vision is a 29,000 square-foot, two story, sustainable structure. Through Pacific Visions, visitors can explore the most pressing environmental issues of our time and determine pathways to a more sustainable future. All aspects of the new wing are meant to drive home the message that through creativity, innovation, and wiliness to explore and accept new ideas, humans can create a better planet right here on Earth.

The Southern California and Baja Gallery features the aquatic plants and animals that inhabit the waters off the west coast of the United States and Mexico, such as the Garibaldi, Mexican lookdowns and Cortez rainbow wrasse. The Tropical Pacific Gallery highlights the colorful menagerie of sea creatures that roam the reefs and warm waters near Micronesia in the Western Pacific like weedy sea dragons, big-belly seahorses and blacktip reef sharks. The Northern Pacific Gallery provides insight into the marine life that survives and thrives in the cold waters of the Bering Sea. The fascinating inhabitants include the giant Pacific octopus, sea otters and diving birds, such as the puffin and auklet.

The June Keyes Penguin Habitat features a space that visitors can crawl inside for an up-close look at these amazing creatures. Outside exhibits include Shark Lagoon and the walk through Lorikeet Forest Aviary. The lagoon includes a shallow water touch tank housing Bamboo and epaulette sharks. The "Our Watersheds: Pathway to the Pacific" exhibit enlightens guests about the San Pedro Bay Drainage Basin and the conservation efforts designed to protect it. In conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Aquarium's Ocean Science Center explores ocean phenomena, marine conservation and maritime trade.

Purchase a general admission eTicket to the Aquarium of the Pacific so you can visit this wonderful attraction. You will be amazed by the dazzling undersea world that exists beneath the waves of the Pacific.
The New Pacific Vision wing at the Aquarium of the Pacific, © 2019 Tom Bonner
Honda Pacific Visions Theater, © 2019 Tom Bonner
Visit the Penguins
Lorikeet Forest
Face-to-face contact with the ocean's ultimate predator in the Shark Lagoon
The Jellies
Aquarium of the Pacific is designed to mimic the lofty waves of the ocean, © 2019 Tom Bonner
Boston Old Town Trolley with free Harbor Cruise


Aquarium of the Pacific

Operating Times:

Open Daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed April 13 - 15 for the Long Beach Grand Prix and Christmas Day.

Reservation Notes:

Reservations are NOT needed or accepted. Tickets can be used on any operating day within 6 months of the purchase date. Pacific Visions movie does require a timed ticket. Please proceed directly to the main Aquarium entrance and you will be given a timed-ticket for entry into the Pacific Visions for the next available showing.


self guided

Booth Location:

Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

Nearest Intersection:

Aquarium Way and Shoreline Drive W.


The parking structure for the Aquarium is on the water side of Shoreline Drive, between Chestnut Place and Aquarium Way. Parking is $6 for Aquarium guests, in both the Aquarium and Pike parking structures when you show an Aquarium ticket stub. Additional parking: When the Aquarium lot is full, you will be directed to The Pike parking structure. The entrance is on Chestnut and Shoreline, just across the street from the Aquarium's main lot.


Aquarium admission includes all the galleries, hands-on labs, and presentations as noted on the daily handout. The Aquarium of the Pacific provides wheelchairs free of charge. The Aquarium is most crowded on the weekends, during the holiday season and during the summer. If you do decide to visit on a Saturday or Sunday, beat the crowds by coming earlier (between 9:00 am and 10:00 am). During more popular summer periods and holidays when higher attendance is anticipated, the Aquarium of the Pacific utilizes a timed ticketing system, which allows each guest a special time to enter the facility.

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