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Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 590-3100

This is a phenomenal aquarium that offers a broad range of sea life in exhibits that mimic the natural environment.  The entire focus of the aquarium is the Pacific Ocean.

Visitors are guided through the Pacific Ocean’s three major regions; Southern California/Baja; Northern Pacific and the Tropical Pacific.  Then, visit the Aquarium’s vast Great Hall of the Pacific, a full-scale model of a blue whale, the largest animal in the Pacific and world, floats high above their heads. 

Dedicated to the exploration of the Pacific for both children and adults, the Aquarium’s Honda Theater and Sparkletts Learning Center host a variety of classes, speakers, seminars, and more.

The Aquarium’s indoor/outdoor restaurant, Café Scuba, offers delicious meals and delightful views across the bay to the Queen Mary and the downtown Long Beach waterfront. Hundreds of marine-related gifts, games, educational toys, souvenirs and surprises are on display and for sale at the Aquarium gift store, Pacific Collections.  

Hours of Operation:
The Aquarium is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., every day of the year, except December 25 and the weekend of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.  

Take the 101S to the 405S.  Drive until you reach the 710 and turn towards Long Beach.
Take the Shoreline Drive on the left towards Downtown/Convention Center.   There will be a series of forks in the off ramp - go left, then right, then left.  Merge onto West Shoreline Drive.  Turn right onto Aquarium Way.  If you get lost in the maze of off ramp, the Aquarium is located on a five-acre site on the Rainbow Harbor.  Driving time anywhere between 2 hours and 3, depending on the traffic.

he city of Long Beach provides convenient parking in an enclosed parking structure only a few feet from the Aquarium's entrance. The maximum parking fee is $6 (per day) with an Aquarium ticket stub. The day-rate without an Aquarium ticket stub is $7.