United States Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all United States activity »
  1. 1 Chinese restaurants in D.C.?
  2. 2 Trip Report My Avis/kona rental experience
  3. 3 Trip Report yk's Family Trip to the Berkshires, 2016
  4. 4 Fort Myers Area
  5. 5 Suggestions Buffalo NY
  6. 6 Opinions: key west accommodation
  7. 7 Fall in Ozarks
  8. 8 Uber availability on Long Island
  9. 9 Christmas Day in NYC?
  10. 10 Spring Break trip to National Park
  11. 11 Big Sur evacuated due to Soberanes fire August 7, 2016
  12. 12 Any off site car rental agencies around JFK?
  13. 13 Escrunchy's can you pls recommend a guide for Charleston
  14. 14 driving from Atlanta to Denver
  15. 15 Requesting info about location of Hertz rental counter at airport in Kauai
  16. 16 Best Fall Foliage in NM and CO?
  17. 17 JFK TO MANHATTEN
  18. 18 Trip Report May 2016 Trip to the Big Island
  19. 19 Hawaii with older parents
  20. 20 One night one day in dallas accommodation
  21. 21 California/Yosemite
  22. 22 Road trip from MS to Bandera, TX
  23. 23 Road Trip from Portland to San Francisco
  24. 24 Need advise sightseeing Seattle - Pendleton - Twin Falls - Yellowstone
  25. 25 Total Eclipse of the Sun visible in USA - plan ahead for August 21, 2017
View next 25 » Back to the top

Trip Report Long Beach Aquarium Trip

Jump to last reply

I have a granddaughter who just adores aquarium, so every summer we go to a different one. This year we flew into LAX, rented a car and drove to Long Beach, checking in early at the Residence Inn just off the I-405 freeway. This Residence In has a full breakfast daily and light dinners Tues., Wed. & Thurs. nights and we were able to get a 2 bedroom, full kitchen penthouse suite for the four of us. During the summer, the Aquarium of the Pacific is open on select nights. from 5 to 8:30 p.m. for $14.95 per person. The shows and Lorikeet Forest are not open but we thoroughly enjoyed the other exhibits. It was not real crowded and the animals were very active. Make sure you get your parking ticket validated for $8 as you go in. By going at night, we avoided field trips.

The next day we went to the Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park where we used our local zoo pass for 50% off. This is a small zoo that is perfect for younger children. There was a short animal show and a carousel and train ride. The food and drinks were very reasonable. We went to Newport Beach for lunch and an afternoon at the beach. This was a day we ran into many field trips but the children were very well behaved. We drove back to our hotel on Highway 1, enjoying the scenery. The dinner tonight was a salad bar.

On our last day we drove to San Pedro, to visit the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium which has displays of Southern California marine life. There is a touch pool they open a few times during the day. The gift shop has a nice selection of items, with a lot of things on sale. The parking is $1/hour. Bring your swimsuits as there is also a nice beach (no waves). There's no food available here but we brought a picnic. The Ports O' Call Marketplace is close with many opportunities for seafood. There are oil wells all around the beach areas with an oil well at the McDonalds we stopped at!

We also used the hotel pool every day. This was a fun, relaxing, educational trip!

Advertisement