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“Cabrillo Aquarium”

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
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Owner description: Both children and adults will enjoy viewing sea creatures of the Pacific in their natural habitats here.
Reviewed August 1, 2014

This little place is really cool, and it's all done by donations, so it's just really neat that they keep it going just to preserve the history of the sealife.

4  Thank Donna H
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Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

this is an awesome museum and aquarium. It includes live animals as well as fossils. Perfect for visiting as an educational outing. Not too big nor boring. It allows kids to touch several animals and it has a fun hands on learning area with displays, theater,experiments etc. I had a hard time getting my kids to leave. It is in front of the beach with a nice picnic area and playground where we spent the afternoon. A great place to visit leisurely,stroller friendly.

4  Thank mar m
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Reviewed July 19, 2014

There's not much reason to go to San Pedro unless you're embarking on a cruise, but the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is a pleasant diversion. They've made the most of a relatively small space, and it's very clean and easy to navigate. Staff are friendly and knowledgeable, and the admission price makes it a real bargain: technically free, but a suggested donation of $5 for adults and $1 for children and seniors (compared to the $15-$60 range at the Long Beach Aquarium). Even the gift shop prices are reasonable! Cabrillo offers lots of educational activities for kids and grown-ups, and off-site they conduct research and a periodic census of marine life in the area. There's even a working laboratory that's open to the public.

2  Thank VagabondKatt
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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. The displays are educational and enjoyable for kids and adults. My family and I really like the touch pool. Once your done learning, you can go enjoy the tide pool and beach!

Throw in a picnic, and it's a great way to spend a day!

5  Thank MrTibbs84
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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 (non-touch) area of the tank. The $5 suggested donation for admission is very reasonable. We spent about a couple of hours and that seemed fine for a visit.

The main building has the touch tank and the other tank exhibits, which grab the kids’ attention. The buildings on the other side of the aquarium have more of research focus, and they’ve set up several things to engage kids with microscopes at their height level, etc.

All of the staff were friendly and helpful including suggesting a nearby place for lunch.
Parking is easy, inexpensive and plentiful.

Definitely worth a visit.

5  Thank Cagarciasf
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