The Aquarium of the Pacific is quite a small aquarium, but with a diverse array of exhibits. It can get a little bit crowded when school field trips descend upon the exhibits, but if you arrive earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon you should avoid them. Try to go during the week, but avoid midday.
If it’s not crowded you can generally see everything in less than two hours. The sea otters and the shark tank are always a hit. If $25 bucks seems a little bit expensive, check out their discounts. They offer a 1/2 special during the evening. The surrounding area outside the aquarium is really nice with lots of restaurants and it’s a good way to spend an afternoon with your family or friends.
Be sure to check out the iPhone Visitor's Guide app and the podcasts on their website to create a personalized tour. Hours: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Take a journey of discovery through the world’s largest ocean at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Located on five acres of waterfront property in downtown Long Beach, the Aquarium of the Pacific opened in June 1998 to... more rave reviews. The aquarium features marine life of the Pacific Ocean. More than 47 exhibits represent more than 550 species. Over 12,000 creatures are on view at this fascinating, state-of-the-art aquarium, which recreates three different ecosystems and brings you face to face with sharks, sea lions, eels and other residents of the giant tanks. The aquarium architecture is inspired by the towering, breaking waves of the Pacific and mirrors the fluid and dynamic temper of the ocean.