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Aquarium of the Pacific Tours and Activities

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Aquarium of the Pacific
One of Long Beach’s top attractions, the Aquarium of the Pacific is home to at least 11,000 aquatic animals across more than 50 exhibits that reflect the marine life of the Pacific Ocean. The nonprofit organization is the largest aquarium in Southern California and one of the most visited in the United States.
 
The Basics
At the aquarium you’ll meet a wide variety of fish and marine animals, from seahorses and starfish to turtles, seals, sharks, and even an octopus. Galleries and habitats include the Tropical Pacific, Northern Pacific, and Southern California and Baja, while additional exhibits such as Our Water Future educate the public about conservation.

With its waterfront location near Shoreline Village, the Aquarium of the Pacific is easy to visit during a day of sightseeing in Long Beach and Los Angeles. Purchase a skip-the-line ticket to save time, or opt for an LA sightseeing card if you’re planning to visit more attractions in the area.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The aquarium is ideal for animal lovers and families with children.
  • There is an on-site café for snacks and light meals.
  • The complex is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers; guests can borrow wheelchairs for no fee.

How to Get There
The Aquarium of the Pacific is located on Aquarium Way at Long Beach’s Rainbow Harbor. It’s a 10-minute walk from the downtown Transit Mall, and the city’s Passport bus line stops outside. If you’re driving, there is paid parking in the aquarium’s parking structure.

When to Get There
The aquarium is open from 9am to 6pm every day of the year. It’s the busiest on weekends and in summer, so if you’re visiting during one of those times, go in the morning to avoid the crowds. On weekdays, school groups often visit until the early afternoon. Check the aquarium’s online calendar for annual events such as Shark Lagoon Nights and a children’s festival.

Aquarium Experiences
In addition to the exhibits, the aquarium offers a variety of activities that provide a more in-depth look at the animals and the facility. For additional fees, you can take a behind-the-scenes tour (guests must be at least 7 years old), participate in an animal encounter with penguins or sea lions, or even head out to sea on a dolphin- and whale-watching cruise.
Address: 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
Admission: Varies
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5 Tours and Activities to Experience Aquarium of the Pacific

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Skip the Ticketing Line: Aquarium of the Pacific General Admission Ticket

Skip the Ticketing Line: Aquarium of the Pacific General Admission Ticket

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Visit sharks, penguins and puffins with admission to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, and explore 19 wildlife habitats from every corner of the world’s largest ocean. Slip beneath a full-sized model of a blue whale, and catch the eye of a fierce leopard shark. Travel from a Sea of Cortez kelp forest to the ice-crusted waters off Northern Japan; watch sea horses play in a tropical lagoon, pet a shark in a kid-friendly touch tank and listen to the eerie melodies of an undersea whale song. Keeping our guests and staff safe is our top priority. We are limiting the number of visitors, requiring advance timed reservations, and managing traffic flow to ensure social distancing, requiring face coverings and temperature checks, providing numerous hand-sanitizing stations, and much more.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$36.95
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$36.95
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Private Helicopter Tour over Long Beach and Los Angeles

Private Helicopter Tour over Long Beach and Los Angeles

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See the L.A. coast from the sky with an exciting, 15-minute tour from Long Beach on a private helicopter. Swoop above the iconic Queen Mary ocean liner and hover over downtown Long Beach, see the imposing Battleship Iowa that's moored in the city's bustling port. Enjoy seaward views of Catalina Island and the curving Pacific coastline before touching back to earth at the Long Beach helipad.
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  • 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$110.00
Price varies by group size
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$110.00
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Long Beach Sailing Charter and Tour

Long Beach Sailing Charter and Tour

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Experience the vast Pacific Ocean on a private sailboat charter. Bring your own food and drinks, play your favorite tunes, and relax. This adventure includes a USCG Certified Captain who has mastered the art of hospitality. Chances of seeing some sleep seals are high and we have a handful of amenities like pillows, blankets, binoculars, and a Yeti cooler, and table to make sure you have everything you need. Jolly Sailing LB was founded in 2018 to provide the Long Beach area with more access to ocean experiences. Capt. Max Jolly races Lido 14's and Catalina 37' sailboats regularly and was a crew member on the first-place vessel, in the Newport to Ensenada race in 2015. Max earned both his Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Leisure and Recreation Studies. Jolly Sailing's number one priority is safety. We also pride ourselves on providing superb customer service.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$399.00
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Long Beach Self-Guided Audio Tour

Long Beach Self-Guided Audio Tour

This self-guided audio tour of Long Beach lets you explore on your own schedule without skimping on the high-quality information you get with a guide. Major Long Beach attractions like Shoreline Village, Aquarium of the Pacific, and the Museum of Latin American Art are included and mapped out for you on your phone, so you can start, stop, and skip around to curate the tour to what you most want to see.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$15.29
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Guided Whale Watching Tour from Long Beach

Guided Whale Watching Tour from Long Beach

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We are the top destination for whale watching in Long Beach and Los Angeles. Our custom built high speed vessels can cover waters north to Santa Monica and south to Newport Beach for maximum range coverage resulting in maximum marine life sighting success. Our fleet of state of the art vessels adhere to strict safety codes and regulations, ensuring you and your friends and family enjoy a wonderful experience out on the water. All whale watching excursions embark under the guidance of highly trained captains not only equipped to man your boat, but also to provide informative narration of the wildlife you might encounter. Marine life we encounter includes: Gray Whales (November-April), Blue Whales (may-November), and year-round we can see Humpback Whales, Fin Whales, Minke Whales, Orcas, Dolphins, Sea Lions, Harbor Seals, rare Marine Birds, and much more!
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$35.00
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