Fodor's Expert Review Aquarium of the Pacific

Long Beach and San Pedro Zoo/Aquarium Fodor's Choice

Sea lions, zebra sharks, and penguins, oh my!—this aquarium focuses on creatures of the Pacific Ocean and is home to more than 11,000 animals. The main exhibits include large tanks of sharks, stingrays, and ethereal sea dragons, which the aquarium has successfully bred in captivity. The Ocean Theater features the multimedia attraction Penguins 4D, a panoramic film that captures the world of this endangered species. Be sure to say hello to Betty, a rescue at the engaging sea otter exhibit. For a non-aquatic 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 animal lover, book an up-close-and-personal Animal Encounters Tour ($109) to learn about and assist in the care and feeding of sharks, penguins, and other aquarium residents; or find out how the aquarium functions with the extensive Behind the Scenes Tour ($19 for adults, not including admission).... READ MORE

Sea lions, zebra sharks, and penguins, oh my!—this aquarium focuses on creatures of the Pacific Ocean and is home to more than 11,000 animals. The main exhibits include large tanks of sharks, stingrays, and ethereal sea dragons, which the aquarium has successfully bred in captivity. The Ocean Theater features the multimedia attraction Penguins 4D, a panoramic film that captures the world of this endangered species. Be sure to say hello to Betty, a rescue at the engaging sea otter exhibit. For a non-aquatic 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 animal lover, book an up-close-and-personal Animal Encounters Tour ($109) to learn about and assist in the care and feeding of sharks, penguins, and other aquarium residents; or find out how the aquarium functions with the extensive Behind the Scenes Tour ($19 for adults, not including admission). Certified divers can book a supervised dive in the aquarium's Tropical Reef Habitat ($299). Twice daily whale-watching trips on Harbor Breeze Cruises depart from the dock adjacent to the aquarium; summer sightings of blue whales are an unforgettable thrill.

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100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, California  90802, USA

562-590–3100

www.aquariumofpacific.org

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