The Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific


The Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific

100 Aquarium Way

Long Beach, California 90802

(562) 590-3100

Written by Scott Messmore

Visitors to Los Angeles might want to visit the sites and attractions of nearby Long Beach during their stay. One of the great attractions, along with the Queen Mary, is the Aquarium of the Pacific, a huge collection of fish, sea mammals and plant life from around the great Pacific Ocean. With water tanks ranging from 5,000 to 350,000 gallons, the Aquarium of the Pacific could fit three entire football fields inside. Containing more than 10,000 fish and mammals that live in the Pacific Ocean, the Aquarium of the Pacific is divided into three sections: the Northern Pacific, the Tropical Pacific and Southern California and the Baja peninsula. Visitors walk through huge aquariums teeming with fish and underwater vegetation in each of the three areas.

Giant Spider Crabs, Coral Reefs and Sea Rays

Seals, sea lions, sea turtles, sea rays and a kelp forest surround visitors as they journey through the Southern California and Baja areas. Journeying to the far reaches of the Tropical Pacific exhibits, live coral reefs and coral lagoons highlight the multitudes of life in the Central Pacific regions of Micronesia. The forbidding depths of the Bering Straits, the Sea of Japan and the Northern Pacific await travelers with deep diving fish and giant spider crabs. The Aquarium of the Pacific also has educational seminars, in and out of the water, to teach marine conservation and protection. The Aquarium of the Pacific also functions as a safe haven for injured sea lions and seals. Many exhibits have underwater tour guides equipped with microphones to talk to the crowd and point out each tank's features.

Hours of Operation and Location

The Aquarium of the Pacific is open daily, except for Christmas Day and the Grand Prix of Long Beach. The Aquarium hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. A restaurant and gift shop are located on premises. The Aquarium of the Pacific is located at 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, Ca., next to Rainbow Harbor across the water from the Queen Mary. Tickets to the Aquarium of the Pacific is $18.95 for general admission, $14.95 for seniors, $10.95 for children three to 11 years old. Tickets have specific times to prevent overcrowding inside the Aquarium. Call for information on group rates of 20 or more. City parking is just next to the Aquarium for $6 per day. Drivers with tickets to the Aquarium get a dollar off the parking price. To drive from Los Angeles, follow Freeway 405 south to Freeway 710 south and just follow the traffic signs to Long Beach and the aquarium. Visitors from Los Angeles can take the Metro Blue Line to downtown Long Beach. Once inside Long Beach, a shuttle bus can take you to the Aquarium. For Metro Blue Line information call 1-800-COMMUTE. The unique Aquabus water taxi can take visitors across the Rainbow Harbor to tour the Queen Mary and shop at the Shoreline Village. For more information call 1-800-995-4386.

For more information or to order tickets over the telephone, call the Aquarium of the Pacific at 562-590-3100.

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