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Aquarium of the Pacific

Aquarium of the Pacific Review

Sea lions, nurse sharks, and penguins, oh my!—this aquarium focuses on creatures of the Pacific Ocean. The main exhibits include large tanks of sharks, sting rays, and ethereal sea dragons, which the aquarium has successfully bred in captivity. The Great Hall features the multimedia attraction Penguins, a panoramic film that captures the world of this endangered species. Be sure to say hello to Betty, one of the recent rescues at the engaging sea otter exhibit. For a nonaquatic experience, head to Lorikeet Forest, a walk-in aviary full of the friendliest parrots from Australia. Buy a cup of nectar and smile as you become a human bird perch. If you're a true tropical animal lover, book an up-close-and-personal Animal Encounters Tour ($109) to learn about and assist in the care and feeding of the animals; or find out how the aquarium functions with the extensive Behind the Scenes Tour ($42.95, including admission). Certified divers can book a supervised dive in the aquarium's Tropical Reef Habitat ($299). Twice daily whale-watching trips on the Harbor Breeze depart from the dock adjacent to the aquarium; summer sightings of blue whales are an unforgettable thrill.

Updated: 04-03-2014

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