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Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

3720 Stephen White Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90731 (Harbor)
310 548 7562
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Ranked #43 of 382 attractions in Los Angeles
Type: Aquariums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Both children and adults will enjoy viewing sea creatures of the Pacific in their natural habitats here.
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Signal Hill, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Set right next to a very pleasant beach and tide pool, this aquarium is not the most flashy attraction, but easily does a wonderful job in educating visitors on marine wildlife. Parking is $1 an hour, but admittance is free (they encourage donations) and I believe most of the employees are volunteers. These volunteers are very cheery and extremely helpful.... More

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San Francisco
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Thank you, Trip Advisor, for the good reviews that convinced us to visit the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. Kids will enjoy this place. The touch tank tide pool is a highlight, and there are quite a few exhibits that our nephews (ages 8 and 5) enjoyed. They were thrilled to see the leopard sharks and the eel on the other side... More

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Aurora, Illinois
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

This aquarium has... only $5 suggested donation admission. Touch Tank Tide Pool where you can touch urchins, sea stars, and anemone giant lobsters, and many other marine animals, a fish nursery, marine museum section, and a cute little gift shop. Parking is just a dollar an hour and it is located in San Pedro near a great beach.

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Bozeman, Montana
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

The aquarium is nice with many fishes and other sea creatures; It takes 1-2 hours to see it depending on how much details you want to look at. There was no entrance fee but you could donate to feed fish. The aquarium is located near the beach where you can visit the aquarium, prepare a barbeque and spend afternoon swimming... More

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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41 reviews 41 reviews
26 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

We came here in March. I wanted to go somewhere different after visiting the Long Beach aquarium last year so we decided on the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. This place was really good and it proves that it is not the size of the attraction that is important but the quality. This place was educational and being able to spend time... More

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Houston, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Spent a few hours at this impressive little aquarium. We have visited lots of aquarium around the USA and this one is small but so educational. My kids (10, 9, 7 years old) all loved it and wanted to stay longer. They have 2 sides to visit and make sure you do since they are both totally different and both... More

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Burbank, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

There are displays here that will awe you even if you've visited larger aquariums. You pay for parking and a donation is suggested. There are tide pools there so check the tide schedule and visit the museum beforehand to know what to look for.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Our group of 10 (ages 5 to 70+) were blown away by this aquarium. We've been to lots of aquariums and this was our favorite. While it's not at all fancy, the exhibits are really interesting and it's clear that the animals are well-cared for. We saw things there that other aquariums don't have. The requested donation of $5/adult $1/kid... More

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Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is a fantastic place especially if you have kids and money is tight. It's FREE!! It's right off the beach so when your done you can go play in the sand. There are a lot of hands on exhibits and a tide pool.

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Cerritos, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
24 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

We visited here last weekend with a 4 year-old and a 7 year-old. They had a delightful time. They really enjoyed the touch tank and the jellyfish exhibits. They suggest a donation, but the facility is free- what a treat! They also have an awesome summer program for older kids. And you are right at the beach.

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