The best way to describe Aquarium of the Pacific Long Beach is “A kids place that parents like too.” From the moment, you walk in and see a life-size blue whale hanging from the ceiling you know you’re in for a fun day.
The best time to visit the Long Beach aquarium is early morning or late afternoon. Peak visitor hours are from about 11:30 am until 2:00 pm. Weekend and holidays we recommend avoiding peak time if possible. How much are tickets for Aquarium of the Pacific at the gate: Adults $29.95 Kid ages 3-11 $17.95
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Second Best Deal. Print your ticket and go. These tickets are good for all days and hours.
Things To Do and See at Aquarium of the Pacific
Whatever time you decide to go where else can you view sea creatures from Southern California, Northern Pacific, and Tropical Pacific all in one place. Kids and adults will love the aquarium’s touch tanks and be amazed by Shark Lagoon and the Penguin Habitat.
The Long Beach Aquarium is divided up into two sections, a two-level indoor area with galleries of smaller aquariums full of interesting sea creatures and an outdoor area with the Lorikeet Forest, Shark Lagoon, and the Seals & Sea Lions area.
Aquarium of the Pacific houses over 12,000 sea animals displayed by area of origin. There are two extra charge attractions: a Fish Story 3D and Monsters of the Abyss 3-D.
Lorikeet Forest is free but charges a few dollars for a small cup of nectar to feed the birds. It is well worth the money for the nectar cup. The little birds will end up sitting on your arms and even on your head. As you can see there are plenty of activities to keep a family busy for at least a half day inside the aquarium.
Dining Options Aquarium of the Pacific
There is a small snack shop inside the Aquarium however if you’re hungry there are many more options along the Rainbow Harbor boardwalk. Don’t spend your food money inside the aquarium they are way too many choices just outside the front door.
Some of the restaurants nearby the aquarium include Famous Dave’s BBQ, Bubba Gump Shrimp, Gladstones 4 Fish and Islands burgers.
Nearby Long Beach Aquarium attractions include whale watching, harbor cruises and a shuttle to the Queen Mary can all be found along the boardwalk.
Aquarium of the Pacific is one of the most affordable attractions in Southern California. A family of four can visit the aquarium for less than the price of one ticket to Disneyland California.
Additional Ways To Save
- Costco & Ralphs Market sometimes offer a discount on Aquarium of the Pacific tickets. Check your local store for details.
- Use your AAA Auto Club card at the ticket booth and get a 10% discount.
- Become an Aquarium member and get free admission for one year. This is a great deal if you live close to Long Beach.
- Host a Birthday Party at the Aquarium and you and you’re guests get admission to the Aquarium before and after the party.
Ticket booth price Kids ticket $17.95 each – Adult $29.95.
Plan on spending a half day at Aquarium of the Pacific. We suggest that you arrive early or late afternoon. You will be able to breeze through the exhibits up get up close to without fighting a crowd.
Where is Aquarium of the Pacific
Aquarium of the Pacific is located at Rainbow Harbor, oceanfront in downtown Long Beach.
Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802. Long Beach Aquarium hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily except Christmas day and during the Long Beach Grand Prix.