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Annual Events—The Aquarium of the Pacific features a variety of events throughout the year, including performing arts productions, art exhibitions, cultural festivals, a guest speaker series, holiday events, beach clean-ups, and culinary events.
Guests will step into a world of discovery and exploration at the Aquarium of the Pacific, Southern California’s largest aquarium. Representing nearly 500 species with more than 11,000 inhabitants of our planet’s largest ocean, the Aquarium of the Pacific is a destination to experience the animals, habitats, and issues surrounding our ocean. The Aquarium takes visitors on a journey through three main regions of the vast Pacific Ocean: the temperate waters of Southern California and Baja; the icy Northern Pacific off the coasts of Alaska, Russia, and Japan; and the warm Tropical Pacific, featuring the colorful coral reefs of Palau. Sea lions, sea otters, and penguins are among the incredible animals found in these expansive galleries, and an animal-touch Discovery Lab is featured in the Northern Pacific gallery. Guests will encounter the Aquarium’s interactive Shark Lagoon and Lorikeet Forest, in addition to the Molina Animal Care Center, the Ocean Science Center, and the Harbor Terrace and Our Water Future exhibits. In its Ocean Theater, the Aquarium offers educational films and its Guest Speaker Series, featuring leading experts, filmmakers, scientists, and authors who specialize in ocean and environmental topics. The Aquarium offers a diverse array of programs and events for children and young adults. It also offers adult courses with leading environmental experts through its Aquatic Academy. The Aquarium of the Pacific is a non-profit organization with a mission to instill a sense of wonder, respect, and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants, and ecosystems. The Aquarium is dedicated to conserving and building natural capital (nature and nature’s services) by building the interactions between and among people.
Our Water Future—This area features interactive exhibits, digital displays, and a monarch butterfly garden. The aim is to help visitors understand where our water comes from, what conservation issues we face with our water supply now and in the future, and what we can do.
Harbor Terrace exhibits—Guests can safely touch a sea jelly species, see fish that can survive outside of the water, and view fish that shoot water out of their mouths to hunt insects in this outdoor exhibit area overlooking the picturesque Rainbow Harbor.
Ocean Science Center Gallery—Journey around the globe to explore the atmosphere, ocean, and continents with an immersive exhibit that uses technology to take you on a virtual exploration.
June Keyes Penguin Habitat—The June Keyes Penguin Habitat features Magellanic Penguins, some of which were rescued from Brazil, where they were stranded outside their native habitat.
Lorikeet Forest—More than 100 enthusiastic lorikeet birds fill the trees of their 5,200-square-foot outdoor aviary. For a few dollars, Aquarium guests can purchase a small cup of the lorikeets’ favorite food to feed them.
Shark Lagoon—Discover more than 100 sharks in this ultimate interactive exhibit, which features sharks you can touch. Learn the truth behind these fascinating and often misunderstood animals.
Weedy Seadragon Exhibit—Visitors have the opportunity to see weedy seadragons, which are native to Australia and resemble the plants found in their local waters. The Aquarium of the Pacific was the first aquarium in the world to successfully breed and raise these delicate creatures.
Daily Presentations, Films, and Programs—The Aquarium offers daily presentations with its seals and sea lions, sea otters, and sharks, and underwater presentations with divers, who are equipped with microphones. The Marine Life Theater offers daily interactive family education programs, and the Ocean Theater offers educational films. Guests should refer to their “Show Times” schedule or Aquarium Explorer app on the day of their visit.
Behind-the-Scenes Tours/Boat Cruises—Behind-the-Scenes adventurers will learn the secrets of the aquarium trade and can feed some animals behind the scenes (offered daily, must be at least 7 years of age). Guests can also board a daily Harbor Tour. Combo tickets can include Aquarium admission and a Behind-the-Scenes Tour, admission and the boat cruise, or all three.
Daily Whale Watch—Adventurers will explore the nearby seas aboard Harbor Breeze Cruises to seek out such travelers as gray whales, blue whales, fin whales, bottlenose dolphins, sea lions, and a host of migratory waterfowl. The two- to three-hour ocean adventure includes an educational presentation by an Aquarium marine naturalist. Included in the Whale Watch combo price is admission to the Aquarium. Guests can learn more about whales through the Whales: Voices in the Sea kiosk exhibit.
Animal Encounter—This one-hour program offers the opportunity to learn about the care of the Aquarium’s animals firsthand. Participants will spend time with animal biologists and can meet and feed several animals in an up-close-and-personal setting. An Animal Encounter offers guests the choice of four programs, the Sea Lion, Shark, Penguin (seasonal), or Sea Otter Animal Encounter (offered by reservation only, restrictions apply).
Dive Immersion—Journey into the warm, 350,000-gallon Tropical Reef Habitat to meet more than 1,000 tropical fish, sharks, and sea turtles. In this two-and-a-half-hour experience, you get a personal behind-the-scenes tour of the Aquarium’s dive program, a dive in the Aquarium’s largest exhibit, a certificate of completion, souvenir towel, use of an HD underwater camera, and a memory card of your photos to take home. All equipment is provided. A minimum of an Open Water certification from a nationally recognized SCUBA certifying agency and a picture I.D. are required and must be brought with you on your diving day. This program is offered daily with a reservation.
Education Programs—The Aquarium offers a variety of hands-on education programs for individuals from age two to adults, including courses, lectures, summer and winter day camps, family sleepovers, parent-and-child classes, and family workshops. The Aquarium also features the Aquarium on Wheels outreach vehicle and a scholarship program for underserved schools.
Location: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
Hours: The Aquarium is open 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily, except on December 25. Extended hours on select weekends and holiday periods.
Membership: Guests can purchase a membership to enjoy unlimited free admission for one year and discounts on food and gifts at the Aquarium and other benefits.
Public Info: (562) 590-3100 or www.aquariumofpacific.org