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Aquarium of the Pacific

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The Aquarium of the Pacific is now open with outdoor exhibits only. Tickets must be purchased directly from them at this time.
Timed tickets will be available from this website starting October 1st.
Aquarium of the Pacific 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 12,000 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
Currently featuring Outdoor Admission Only: Outdoor areas include the Harbor Terrace, Shark Lagoon, Lorikeet Forest, Our Water Future, Steelhead Story, Molina Animal Care Center, June Keyes Penguin Habitat, Ray Habitat, Shorebird Sanctuary, and Seals and Sea Lions Habitat. The Moon Jelly, Shark Lagoon, and Ray Touch areas will also be open for touching. The gift store and some food service will be available as well. Indoor areas remain closed at this time.

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.
Aquarium of the Pacific Aquarium of the Pacific
Tropical fish Tropical fish
Red-footed booby Red-footed booby
Flamboyant cuttlefish Flamboyant cuttlefish
Zebra shark Zebra shark
Cownose ray Cownose ray
Green sea turtle Green sea turtle
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 for the Long Beach Grand Prix and Christmas Day.

Reservation Notes:

Reservations are now required and times must be confirmed in advance. 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.


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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.


COVID-19 Safety Procedures:All persons 2 years and over must wear a face covering for entry to the Aquarium and at all times, except when eating. Face covering are available for purchase on site. If you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a mask, please inform the staff member checking you in. All visitors will have their temperature checked before entry. Those with temperature of 100.4F and above and those in their party will not be allowed to enter. All family units will be required to maintain a minimum distance of six feet at all times from staff and other visitors. Adults will be responsible for ensuring their children follow this rule. Everyone must follow all posted signs and directions from the numerous staff stationed throughout the Aquarium regarding social distancing, traffic flow, closed areas, and other safety protocols. We are not able to store guest items at this time. There will be no Aquarium Re-entry. Numerous hand sanitizing stations will be located throughout the Aquarium and near any touch area. We ask that everyone use them after touching a surface. Aquarium staff will be constantly sanitizing all touched surfaces throughout the day. Elevators will be limited to one family per use. Food service will be available following government guidelines. Various areas will be temporarily closed and several programs will be on hiatus. Closed areas include the Northern Pacific Touch lab, Horseshoe Crab touch lab, and Shark Lagoon children’s play area. Shows, mascot appearances, animal meet-and-greets, and behind-the-scenes tours have temporarily suspended to prevent gatherings.

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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