Aquarium of the Pacific: Explore the World's Largest Ocean Up Close
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Featured review from Carol Keene
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We took our granddaughters ages 6 and 8 to the Aquarium and had a wonderful, fun afternoon. Their favorite things were the otters, the seals and sea lions, the jelly fish, and the animal touching pools. They were underwhelmed by the "special kid's show" so you might want to skip that.
Use your guidebook to plan your visit because the staff did not seem to be that knowledgeable about where different events were located.
The food there is quite expensive so I would plan on bringing our own snacks and water next time. The concessions do not take credit cards.
The restrooms are very clean and well-stocked and even have built-in step-stools so little children can reach the sink to wash their hands.
Handwashing facilities for use after the touching pool were all non-functional so you had to either use Purell or find the rest-room (easy).
Parking garage is right across the street from the Aquarium entrance and is $7 (cash no credit cards) but you can stay parked there all day and dine afterward in one of the nearby restaurants. Bubba Gump's is across the street (easiest walk) and the kids loved the popcorn shrimp kid's meal but do not allow your waitperson to talk you into a blended lemonade for the kids unless you want to pay 8 bucks for a plastic glass that has flashing lights in it and tips over easily.
Take a journey of discovery through the world’s largest ocean at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. Explore the exhibits, and discover sunny Southern California and Baja, the frigid waters of the North Pacific, and the colorful reefs of the Tropical Pacific.
Check out the BP Sea Otter Habitat modeled after their natural habitat and discover the Molina Animal Care Center, where you can see how the animals are cared for and witness medical procedures as they are performed.
Get up-close with more than a dozen Magellanic penguins both above and below the water in the new June Keyes Penguin Habitat. The exhibit is home to the first penguins in the Aquarium’s collection and includes a crawl-in space, allowing you to feel as if you are in the exhibit with the animals. The exhibit features a rocky area and beach that resembles the penguins’ natural habitat, a pool for swimming, and nesting areas. Life-sized models of penguins representing other species are also on display in the exhibit area.
The Aquarium of the Pacific ... where the ocean and humans connect.