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“Excellent for young children” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Aquarium of the Pacific

Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
562 590 3100
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$29*
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Ranked #3 of 34 Attractions in Long Beach
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Owner description: Take a journey of discovery through the world’s largest ocean at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Ontario's Near North, Canada
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“Excellent for young children”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

We went here for a visit with our two kids-- a 17 year old and a 20 year old. We had hoped to get to the Monterey Aquarium but chose this one as we were spending most of our time in the L.A. area. From my perspective, Chicago's Shedd Aquarium is among the top 3 in the United States. I would not rank this one as high, but would highly recommend it for young children. The Pacific has lots for kids to see up close and to touch. Tots can put their hands on sharks and rays. They can see over 14,000 live creatures throughout the facility.

A few suggestions: Arrive early and go right to the parking garage as it's the only practical place to park your car. Bring your AAA card if you have one. You'll save 10% on your tickets. Since it costs over $100 for four adults, the savings are worth it. Also, check the schedule for the live demonstrations and feedings. The young kids love them!

Visited December 2012
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“Fantastic Family Adventure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Great place for the entire family. Plan the spend the entire day here, there is so much to see. If it is raining your safe indoors. If not, go outside and pet the sharks, or feed the lorikeets. The new penguin exhibit, outside near the sharks hold at least a dozen cute little guys that are fun to watch. My son loves watching the sea lions and seals swim and play. Your inside a tube with glass on both sides and they can swim under and around you so you don't know where they will pop up. The divers are one of my son's favorite attractions. And if you arrive early enough, you can see them feed the fish in the large tank. The whale also puts on a show in the lobby. The lights dim and a slide show talks about endangered ocean species. The whale sounds announce the show. The otters are also fun to watch, weather they are on their backs outside the water, or in the water playing, they are lively and very cute. The cafeteria is pretty good--not great--but the Market salad is very simple, clean and nutritious, without lots of calories. The pizza slices are so big my son and his cousin (4 yo and 2 yo) split one slice.

Visited December 2012
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“If in even looks like rain head here!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

Went here to fill a hour or so and stayed for 4. It is a great place with kids. The touching tanks were really cool. Sharks and manta rays the kids could touch. The displays inside were also well lit and interesting. The area has some other stuff (Queen Mary) but the Aquarium was plenty and we grabbed a bite and went back to La. Check it out.

Visited December 2012
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Redlands, California
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“Rainy day @ the Aquarium”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

All the shows were cancelled...you think they would give you something to make up for that. Nope. Walked around and kids enjoyed the sharks and birds the most. Don't eat at Scuba Cafe, yuk for the tables and meh for the food. Service is sucky. Beautiful aquariums and many sea creatures to watch. Would go again in the summer though.

Visited December 2012
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“"Marine life that thrives in the Pacific"”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Viewing marine life in near natural habitat is very relaxing and educational. I enjoy aquariums and the Aquarium of the Pacific was a real surprise. The show stoppers are the penguins, sea otters, and the petting pools for the youngsters. Other exhibits of interest include the varieties of jellyfish, tropical fish, sea urchins, starfish, sharks, and other large fish. Some unusual tanks of sea horses and other marine life add more to your experience. Compared to other aquariums, this one ranks below Monterrey in northern California (favorite) and the Shedd in Chicago. Admission rather pricey as well, so look for coupons if taking the family. Can also couple this with visits to other attractions in Long Beach, like the QE2. Note that climate change is a topic of persuasion, a little over the top in most cases. Worth the visit if in the area.

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