Family Activities:

Aquarium of the Pacific


Aquarium of the Pacific

100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA

Get up close and personal with manta rays, starfish, and even jellyfish at this aquarium, the fourth most popular in the country. There are penguin and otter habitats, plus a shark lagoon which features 150 sharks — some of which you can touch!

While not water fowl, lorikeets frolic in a large aviary that allows visitors to interact with the colorful birds. Most kids will love that these birds are friendly enough to sit on shoulders and peck on buttons, but very small children may be frightened.

The aquarium also has 4D movies about ocean life with special lighting, sounds, and effects that are appropriate for all ages for an additional $3 a ticket.

Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, though the Lorikeet Forest and Moon Jelly Touch Lab have shorter hours.

Admission and Parking
Tickets are $29.95 for adults, $17.95 for children. All-day parking is $8.