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Aquarium of the Pacific

Take a journey of discovery through the world's largest ocean at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Meet more than 12,500 animals as you explore Southern California and Baja, the North Pacific, and the Tropical Pacific.

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Dedicated to the world's most diverse and largest body of water, the Aquarium of the Pacific has spectacular galleries and exhibits. Visitors can explore the waters off Baja and Southern California as well as the sultry Tropical Pacific and the icy Northern Pacific realms. Over 12,000 marine animals from almost 500 different species live in this premier facility.


  • Open areas are as follows:

  • Harbor Terrace including Moon Jellies Touchpool

  • Shark Lagoon including Touchpools

  • Lorikeet Forest

  • Our Water Future

  • Southern California Steelhead Story

  • Molina Animal Care Center

  • June Keyes Penguin Habitat

  • Ray Habitat Touchpool

  • Seals and Sea lions

  • Shorebird Sanctuary

The Aquarium of the Pacific is open featuring its popular outdoor exhibits, including the Harbor Terrace (featuring the Moon Jelly Touch Lab and archerfish and mudskipper exhibits), Shark Lagoon (including touch pools), Lorikeet Forest, the Our Water Future exhibit, Southern California Steelhead Story, Molina Animal Care Center, June Keyes Penguin Habitat, the Ray Touch Pool (open for touch), Shorebird Sanctuary, and the Seals and Sea Lions Habitat. The outdoor gift store and indoor Pacific Collections gift store are open and food service is available. Indoor areas will be temporarily closed. Shows, mascot appearances, animal meet-and-greets, and behind-the-scenes tours have temporarily suspended to prevent gatherings. Please check back for updates on re-openings.

During this period, admission is reduced. Keeping guests and staff safe is the Aquarium's top priority. The Aquarium is limiting the number of visitors, requiring advance timed reservations, managing traffic flow to ensure social distancing, requiring face coverings for everyone age 2 and older and temperature checks for everyone, providing numerous hand-sanitizing stations, sanitizing surfaces constantly, and much more.

COVID-19 Safety Procedures: Everyone aged two and over must wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth for entry to the Aquarium and at all times, except when eating. Those who do not have a face covering will have an option to purchase one. Those who do not follow this policy will be asked to leave. If you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a mask, please inform the staff member checking you in. --All visitors will have their temperature checked before entry. Those with a temperature of 100.4F and above and those in their party will not be allowed to enter.--The maximum party size is six to enter and travel within the Aquarium.--All family units will be required to maintain a minimum distance of six feet at all times from staff and other visitors. Adults will be responsible for ensuring their children follow this rule.--Everyone must follow all posted signs and directions from the numerous staff stationed throughout the Aquarium regarding social distancing, traffic flow, closed areas, and other safety protocols.--We are not able to store guest items at this time.--There will be no Aquarium Re-entry.--Numerous hand sanitizing stations will be located throughout the Aquarium and near any touch area. We ask that everyone use them after touching a surface.--Elevators will be limited to one family per use.

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Aquarium of the Pacific

Operating Times:

Open 9am-6pm Monday-Friday; open 9am-8pm on Saturday-Sunday (closed Christmas Day).

Reservation Notes:

Reservations are required. Select date and time for confirmation.


self guided

Booth Location:

Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

Nearest Intersection:

Aquarium Way and Shoreline Drive W.


The parking structure for the Aquarium is on the water side of Shoreline Drive, between Chestnut Place and Aquarium Way. Parking is $6 for Aquarium guests, in both the Aquarium and Pike parking structures when you show an Aquarium ticket stub. Additional parking: When the Aquarium lot is full, you will be directed to The Pike parking structure. The entrance is on Chestnut and Shoreline, just across the street from the Aquarium's main lot.

Age Requirements:

Age: 3-11 years old. Under 3 free.


Aquarium admission includes all the galleries, hands-on labs, and presentations as noted on the daily handout. The Aquarium of the Pacific provides wheelchairs free of charge. The Aquarium is most crowded on the weekends, during the holiday season and during the summer. If you do decide to visit on a Saturday or Sunday, beat the crowds by coming earlier (between 9:00 am and 10:00 am). During more popular summer periods and holidays when higher attendance is anticipated, the Aquarium of the Pacific utilizes a timed ticketing system, which allows each guest a special time to enter the facility.