Aquarium of the Pacific

Diving birds that "fly" underwater. Mysterious sea dragons that make their home in a coral lagoon. Sharks you can (safely!) touch. Get an up-close look at the diverse sea life of the Pacific — and don't forget to say hello to resident sea otter Maggie.
  • Adult gate price $28.95
  • Child gate price $14.95
  • Add to pass

Get to know the inhabitants of the world's largest ocean at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. You will meet more than 11,000 animals as you explore the habitats of sunny Southern California and Baja Pacific, the frigid waters of the North Pacific, and the vivid, almost fluorescent reefs of the Tropical Pacific. Check out seals and sea lions and watch them frolic and play in an up-close indoor/outdoor setting. You’ll see puffins, diving birds that ‘fly’ underwater, and a coral lagoon featuring sea horses, sea snakes, and mysterious sea dragons. And of course, you’ll get the chance to see sharks and even touch them in a hands-on tank!

Here’s a look at some of the many colorful and exotic exhibits that make this the world’s largest aquarium, and one of the most exciting destinations in Southern California:

Sea Otter Habitat: Get to know the curious traits and peculiarities of these highly-animated and loveable creatures in their above-water habitat, which features realistic rockwork, murals, and lighting. Meet Maggie—the newest resident sea otter who is just as curious to meet you!

Molina Animal Care Center: This new medical treatment center allows for Aquarium of the Pacific to provide top-notch healthcare to its animals and lets visitors watch veterinary medicine in action. The Molina Center features a 1,800 square-foot examination area.

Shark Lagoon: The lagoon is home to over 150 sharks that you can touch, and some that you wouldn’t want to touch! Sand tiger, sandbar, nurse, whitetip and other varieties abound here, as well as zebra, bamboo and epaulette sharks available for gentle touching.

Our Watersheds: Learn about earth’s watersheds and why they need protection at this interactive and informative display. This exhibit is also a great place to pick up tips about sustainable water use, and to check out the native plants found around the coastal areas of the San Pedro Bay.

Whales: Voices in the Sea: Listen to the haunting sounds of the humpback, sperm, gray, blue, beaked, and northern right whales as they make their unique calls, and learn what all the noise means.

Southern California/Baja Gallery: A look at the coastal water ecosystems stretching from Oregon to Mexico, that are home to seals, sea lions, butterfly fish, rays, and shorebirds.

Northern Pacific Gallery: Covering 800,000 square miles between Alaska, Siberia, and the Bering Strait, this cold water exhibit gives a glimpse into the lives of sea jellies, sea otters, giant Pacific octopus, puffins, and auklets, as well as the bizarre diving birds of some of the world’s coldest waters.

Tropical Pacific Gallery: A look at the warm and beautiful waters of Micronesia.

Lorikeet Forest: Check out the dazzlingly colorful birds of the coastal lowlands of Australia.

Aquarium of the Pacific also invites you to explore the Pacific Collections Gift Shop, where you can pick up a marine-inspired souvenir to remind you of your trip, and Café Scuba, which serves environmentally sustainable seafood and other light meals. Remember, the Queen Mary is right around the corner, so why not pair these two attractions together?

Reviews for Aquarium of the Pacific

Review Snapshot® by PowerReviews Express
 4.1 out of 5 stars (based on 8 customer ratings)
Average Rating for Aquarium of the Pacific
0% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.
Tried it? Write a Review
Reviewed by 8 Customers Sort by:
Displaying Reviews 1-8 of 8 Back to Top Previous | Next
Very Nice Aquarium, But...
By adseaba Verified Reviewer from Iowa on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Aquarium of the Pacific:

I would definitely recommend this aquarium. I loved it. Lots of little ones there. Perfet for them. However, getting in was a pain. The girl at the door had never heard of the Go Card. She directed us to the service desk where the guy we dealt with was incredibly rude. Gave an exasperated eye-roll to the girl next to him when we said we had the card. Took them off somewhere and did something with them then finally, five minutes later, gave us tickets and let us in. If the aquarium wasn't as nice as it was, it was a bad enough experience that I would've just given up and left. I'd call ahead and make sure they still take the card in the future.

Was this review helpful to you? Yes / No- You may also flag this review.

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

Nice little aquarium
By imeemaw Verified Reviewer from vancouver, bc on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Aquarium of the Pacific:

Very nice little aquarium. You can park and see this and the Queen Mary by taking the red transit bus (for free).

Was this review helpful to you? Yes / No- You may also flag this review.

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

A Great Aquarium!
By acbrandy Verified Reviewer from Tucson,AZ on
Pros:
Pet rays, Lots of varity of fish, Get to touch jellyfish
Cons:
Shows lacked,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Aquarium of the Pacific:

We had a great time at this aquarium. We went to a few others but this was by far the best. There are so many aquatic animals here. The thing we liked most was being able to touch the jellyfish and rays. The only con was the shows were not engaging. They had a seal show and that was just them feeding them. I wish they had a show like at SeaWorld.

Was this review helpful to you? Yes / No- You may also flag this review.

[1 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

Loved it!
By Nicole from St. Petersburg, FL on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Aquarium of the Pacific:

Just a great aquarium!

Was this review helpful to you? Yes / No- You may also flag this review.

[4 of 5 customers found this review helpful]

Neat Aquarium!
By dorko135 Verified Reviewer from San Antonio, TX on
Pros:
Mostly outdoor, Shark touch pool
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Aquarium of the Pacific:

Great aquarium for the whole family! I have never seen an aquarium with a shark touch pool. IT WAS AWESOME! Really pretty area and great dining opportunities before/after aquarium. DO IT! It's FUN!

Was this review helpful to you? Yes / No- You may also flag this review.

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

Great place for a couple of hours
By Wilson Verified Reviewer from Calgary on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Aquarium of the Pacific:

Very close to the Queen Mary, can do both in 1/2 day

Was this review helpful to you? Yes / No- You may also flag this review.

[0 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

It's ok but not great
By Leo06jun Verified Reviewer from West Jordan, Utah on
Pros:
Kill some time
Cons:
Too expensive
Best Uses:
To spend some time
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Aquarium of the Pacific:

It is just ok, but too expensive for what they got. I seen better aquariums.

Was this review helpful to you? Yes / No- You may also flag this review.

[1 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

The Aquarium it s really nice !!!!
By guiadelosangeles[@] Verified Reviewer from California on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Aquarium of the Pacific:

12.000 kinds of sea animals. They let your kids touch the sharks!!!that s amazing! we learn about the important of animals reserve

Was this review helpful to you? Yes / No- You may also flag this review.

Aquarium of the Pacific Details

Phone: (562) 590-3100

Address
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach
Los Angeles, CA 90802
Hours
Daily, 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Closings
Christmas Day
Closed during the Long Beach Grand Prix
  • Open year-round
  • Good for families
  • Parking available
  • Restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • Disabled access
  • Reservations not required

Directions and Transportation

Address
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach
Los Angeles, CA 90802
Public Transportation
Metro: The Aquarium is accessible from the Metro Blue line. Take the Blue Line from Los Angeles to Downtown Long Beach, to First Street and Pine Avenue. Once you get to Pine Avenue, you can catch the Long Beach Passport Shuttle for a free ride to the Aquarium of the Pacific.
Driving Directions
From the 405 Freeway take the 710 South Freeway and follow the signs to the aquarium. The aquarium parking structure is located on the water side of Shoreline Drive. Parking is $6 for aquarium guests when you show an aquarium ticket stub upon exit.

Admission and Offer Information

Getting In

Present your pass at the aquarium ticket window to receive an admission ticket.

Aquarium of the Pacific Packages

Save even more with these pre-built discount packages that include Aquarium of the Pacific bundled with other great Los Angeles attractions.

  • Loading Packages…

Frequently Bought With: