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“Just Okay”

Aquarium of the Pacific
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$29.95*
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Aquarium of the Pacific General Admission
Ranked #1 of 84 things to do in Long Beach
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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
San Dimas, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Just Okay”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

We found the Aquarium of the Pacific to be just okay. We had planned to spend the day at the aquarium, but found it took no more than 3 hours to see it all. What they have is nice, but honestly it's just a big aquarium. If you interested in visiting an aquarium type place, I prefer Sea World in San Diego. Sea World has some nice aquariums as well as other activities, so you really can spend the day there. As others have noted, the ticket prices are quite high, but luckily for us, we had a half price coupon. As a result, it cost the four of us $50 to get into the aquarium. Had I paid full price I would have been extremely disappointed. Before you go, shop around, and get a discount coupon, because it's not worth the full price of admission.

Visited January 2013
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Elkton, Oregon
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“Good Aquarium”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

Good aquarium to visit. Good diversity, wide ranging exhibits. They actually have some very rare fish there, which are not labelled. Not that I would know--my son Jared is the enthusiast and was able to point them out. Easy parking, and suprisingly not too crowded for the last Sunday of Christmas break.

Visited January 2013
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Riverside, California
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“Kids and adults will want to spend hours here!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

As you walk in you are greated by a plexiglass wall 30 feet high that has an amazing aquarium behind it. The main fish in this first tank are tuna, and they are huge! Plenty of interactive exhibits, you can reach into some tanks and touch all types of plants and animals. They actually have decent food here too!

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Reno, Nevada
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“Terrible value for your dollar”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

Visited aquarium first time after Christmas. Ticket prices ridiculously high to enter. Plenty of available shows listed on pamphlet but not enough room to comfortably visit ANY of them. This facility should seriously consider attendance capacity instead of being greedy with ticket sales. Shark lagoon looked like it could have been interesting exhibit but family unable to weed through extremely overcrowded and small viewing areas. Came back to shark lagoon after feeding time and hoped to get a better look, but were still unable to see any living attractions. Seemed like facility was focused on multiple petting exhibits more than actual aquarium tanks. Bathrooms dirty and didn't even attempt to eat or spend more money while inside. This aquarium is a terrible value for the entrance price. DO NOT VISIT HERE.

Visited December 2012
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Anaheim, California
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“Pet a Friendly Sea Creature”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

The Aquarium of the Pacific is a first class, quality nature study in sea life. Thoroughly educational on all aspects of oceanic flora and fauna, you can't beat the entertaining videos. Kids can pet sharks and rays and feed the lorikeets too. A real treat!

Visited March 2012
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