We recently headed down to Long Beach to explore the Aquarium of the Pacific. Have you been, lately? It’s been awhile since our last visit and we noticed changes are happening…for the better. If you’ve never been, now’s a great time because the aquarium is celebrating its 20 year anniversary! Scroll down to read my tips to help make your visit more memorable.
Aquarium of the Pacific Family Visit Guide
What to Pack
Since you’ll be spending at least 3 hours at the Aquarium, I highly suggest bringing a stroller. It just makes life easier to avoid carrying around necessities like:
- Reusable Water Bottles
- Camera (no tripod allowed)
- Diaper Changing Necessities
A good portion of the Aquarium is outdoors, and there’s splash pads! So you’re gonna wanna pack:
- Extra Clothes
There’s stroller parking throughout the facility – which is helpful on crowded days. Just remember to take your valuables with you!
Grab a Visitors Guide
The Aquarium has over 50 exhibits representing the diverse habitats of the Pacific Ocean! Its an amazing experience for the whole family to enjoy and did I mention you can touch & feed some of the animals! Here are some of our favorites:
Lorikeet Forest – You can purchase a cup of nectar to feed the Lorikeets! I
Ray Touch Pool – This is my favorite Aquarium experience, the rays literally come to you to say, HI! There’s also two feeding opportunities that shouldn’t be missed.
Shark Lagoon – There’s over 150 sharks in the exhibit and you can touch some of them at the Shark & Ray Touch Pool.
The Aquarium also offers VIP experiences with sea otters, penguins, sharks, and more.
Marine Life Theater
My kids LOVE live shows and they really enjoyed eating ice cream during a Marine Life Theater show. The outdoor amphitheater is located across Shark Lagoon, giving families a nice break to take from all the exploring. Educational shows include story time, sing-alongs, and you can meet an animal!
For more information, visit aquariumofpacific.org.