Aquarium of the Pacific
Los Angeles, California, USA
- Blue Cavern: Designed after a kelp forest off the coast of Santa Catalina Island, this three-story underwater habitat includes giant sea bass, moray eels, leopard sharks, and sheephead.
- Shark lagoon: Come face-to-face with the ocean's oldest predator at this interactive outdoor exhibit with more than 150 sharks, then dip your hand in and pet a bamboo or epaulette shark.
- Lorikeet forest: At this 3,200 square-foot outdoor aviary, buy a cup of nectar and then wait for some colorful feathered friends to land on your arms, shoulders or even your head to grab a snack.
- Sea Otter habitat: These adorable little guys are hanging out at a re-created version of their natural land habitat. Watch them play and learn about their lifestyle and diet; just try not to "Awww" too loudly.
About this Los Angeles, California tour
At the Aquarium of the Pacific, the fourth-most popular aquarium in America, you'll get acquainted with the creatures and environments that represent 63 million square miles of deep blue majesty, that is the Pacific Ocean
There are some 50 different exhibits here that house more than 11,000 unique animals. Sea jellies, penguins, coral, reef sharks, and scorpionfish: They're all waiting to meet you, but the delights at this aquarium are not just the visual kind. You'll stimulate your mind as well, through interactive shows at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ocean Science Center like "The Story of El Niño," which tells of how the weather disruption in the Pacific affects the entire world.
All the habitats here were carefully constructed to replicate the way animals live in the wild. And just like in the wild, animals can get hurt. If you've ever wondered exactly how veterinarians do what they do, the Molina Animal Care Center is for you: It's more than 14,000 square feet of operating tables, X-ray machines, and quarantine tanks. You might even get to watch a vet perform a live procedure as a staff member explains what's going on.
Here it's not just about exhibition: Rehabilitation, protection, and education are just as important. So dive on in: The water is fascinating.
Clownfish are from Mars (and Venus)
Anemonefish, more commonly known as clownfish, are part of a unique group of fish called protandrous hermaphrodites, which means they are all males with the ability to change into females. Each school of clownfish is lead by the largest, most dominant female. When she dies, the largest male turns into a female, and every remaining male moves up in the hierarchy.
Please make your way to the Aquarium of the Pacific at 100 Aquarium Way Long Beach, CA 90802.
The Aquarium of the Pacific provides wheelchairs free of charge.
Open Daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed April 7 - 9 for the Long Beach Grand Prix and Christmas Day.
You are welcome to spend as much time as you'd like visiting the Aquarium as this tour is self-guided.
The Aquarium of the Pacific and its exhibits are wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are available for check out free of charge at the Information Desk.
Budget, Family Friendly
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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