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Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

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Both children and adults will enjoy viewing sea creatures of the Pacific in their natural habitats here.
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3720 Stephen M White Dr, san pedro, california, USA, Los Angeles, CA 90731-7012
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Reviewed November 12, 2018

This aquarium has lots to see from fish tanks to touch tanks to beautiful (?) jellyfish. That is not all Habitats Hall shows though for there are exhibits showing the natural habitat of other species of the surrounding area. There are wildlife exhibits, bird displays,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed July 3, 2018

This was a perfect place to go not only for the wedding but wedding on the beach!! Two events at the same time no one can complain!!!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank terridavidson82
Reviewed June 27, 2018

Well its free admission so can't complain too much, the interior is a little run down and smells fishy but the creatures are well maintained and look happy. You can see some interesting Jellyfish and even seahorses. Its worth a stop with young ones if...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Ashley S
Reviewed April 16, 2018

Unlike famous aquariums in Chicago and Monterey, Cabrillo is run on donations and caters to kids and school field trips. Beware, on any given day more than 300 kids could be around. Once you pay your $5 donation, you will enjoy quite an extension collection...More

Date of experience: April 2018
3  Thank Larry G
Reviewed April 8, 2018

I have been going to this museum ever since I was a child, I really like going here, a nice place to stroll and relax. Some of the old whale bones are the same ones when I was a kid. They also have a small...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank esethebomb
Reviewed March 30, 2018

Very informative exhibits with a great combination of detail and live animals. This was a great couple of hours checking out live developing shark embryo, lots of jellyfish, sea horses, star fish, and the list goes on. Loved this place!

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank ChuckC545
Reviewed March 24, 2018

We had never been to this aquarium before (had been to many others) which is on the small side, but oh so perfect! We planned this cub scout activity (in conjunction to the Pt Fermin Lighthouse) over a year ago and had a PERFECT day....More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Billie R
Reviewed February 17, 2018 via mobile

We drove out from the desert on a Friday to explore this free museum with no real expectations, ended up having a thoroughly enjoyable day with my 3 and 6 yr old. The aquarium is on the small side but there are so many displays...More

Date of experience: February 2018
2  Thank Alison C
Reviewed February 10, 2018 via mobile

A free entrance , though they recommend $5/adult and $1/child. Our 3 yr old grandson loved the exhibits. We spent about an hour there and were never bored. Not a large commercial aquarium, but a value alternative. You can also go to Cabrillo Beach across...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank LouisVal
Reviewed January 29, 2018

This little place was enjoyable and educational, we gave a $5 donation per adult and spent 4 very enjoyable hours here.

Date of experience: January 2018
2  Thank Lisa C
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Traveling to MB in April (3 Replies)
Hi, We will be staying with friends in Manhattan Beach the first week of April. I plan to go to the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro. I see on the map that several beach towns are a short drive from San Pedro: Long Beach, Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, etc... I was wondering if any of those towns are worth a stroll and maybe lunch. I am not interested in actually going on the beach- we will do our beaching in MB where we have access to all our gear- but I do like a nice...More
March 06, 2012|
Response fromMachThree|
If you have the time, on the way to San Pedro be sure to drive through Palos Verdes on the road called "Palos Verdes Drive" - this has great, great views of the coast and a lot of posh homes to boot. Also, have you checked into the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach? Its a worthy alternative to the Cabrillo Aquarium.
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Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (9 Replies)
Will be getting off a cruise (San Pedro) early on Jan 25th (Sunday) and flight from LAX doesn't leave until ~4PM. I guess we will be "booted off" ship by 10 AM. We don't want to sit at LAX for that many hours, but don't want to go the trouble or expense to rent a car either. I notice people have mentioned aquariums. I found the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium of San Pedro listed. It is open at 10 AM on Sundays. Price is $5 p/p. I haven't called to see if they will hold luggage while we tour. What...More
October 08, 2014|
Response fromchinita415|
The aquarium folks talk about is the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. From the San Pedro port, I think taxi is the best way to get there. They are used to cruise passengers from those coming off the boats in Long Beach. From LB to LAX - shared shuttle or taxi. Neither are cheap unfortunately. If you don't get another response here, go to Cruise Critic and look under Port of Call- California Coastal. Your situation is very common and there should be ideas there as well.
Aquariums in L.A. Area (1 Replies)
My family is planning to be in the L.A. area and would like to visit an aquarium. I think the one in Long Beach is too pricey so we are considering the one in Santa Monica or the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro. Which would you recommend?
January 03, 2006|