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.
Join us as the Aquarium of the Pacific celebrates its 25th Anniversary with new exhibits, events, and programs highlighting the remarkable natural world right outside our door. Journey through a re-imagined Southern California Gallery highlighting fascinating local animals and marine habitats. Discover colorful reefs, kelp forests, and sea grass beds as you meet a pod of lobsters, an octopus, deepwater fish, and more.
General admission to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach
Learn all about the marine life of the Pacific Ocean, the planet’s largest ocean
Travel from the waters of Alaska to California to Micronesia
See seals, sea lions, otters, sharks, tropical fish, sea stars, an octopus and more
4D movie and entrance to Pacific Visions
Children under the age of 3 are free
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Optional aquarium activities such as purchasing nectar to feed the lorikeets
Behind the Scenes Tours and Harbor Cruises may be purchased at the Information Desk upon arrival
What To Expect
Aquarium of the Pacific
Admission Ticket Included
Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
Wheelchair and stroller accessible
Wheelchairs available at the Information Desk
Visitors Guides available in English and Spanish
Map Translations available at Information Desk in: Cambodian Chinese French German Italian Japanese Korean Russian Vietnamese
Service animals allowed
Near public transportation
Transportation is wheelchair accessible
Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
Convenient parking available for $8 with Aquarium validation.
Tickets are valid for a year from purchase date. TO CHANGE YOUR DATE OR TIME OF VISIT go the the Aquarium's website to create a new free reservation. Your tickets will scan on your new date and/or time.
Most travelers can participate
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:What are the opening hours of the Aquarium of the Pacific?
A:The Aquarium is open every day except Dec. 25th. Hours are 9 am to 6 pm Mon-Thur and 9 am to 8 pm Fri-Sun.
Q:What is the address of the Aquarium of the Pacific?
A:The Aquarium of the Pacific is located at 100 Aquarium Way Long Beach, CA 90802.
Q:Is there parking available at the Aquarium of the Pacific?
A:The parking structure for the Aquarium is steps away on the water side of Shoreline Drive between Chestnut Place and Aquarium Way. The fee is $8.00 for the day with Aquarium validation.
Q:Can I take public transportation to the Aquarium of the Pacific?
A:The Aquarium is located half a mile from the Transit Mall in downtown Long Beach which makes for a 10 minute downhill walk to the Aquarium from the Blue line and major bus lines. Alternatively, you may take Long Beach Transit’s FREE Passport bus.
Q:How can I get from the Transit Mall to the Aquarium?
A:From the Transit Mall at Pine and 1st St, head South on Pine Ave. (towards the water) Turn right at The Paseo. Turn left at Aquarium Way.
Q:Are food/drink available in the Aquarium?
A:Café Scuba, serving a variety of sandwiches, salads, burgers, pizza, and more, provides a relaxed atmosphere overlooking the Seals & Sea Lions exhibit. (Food/drink are not included in admission.)
Q:Are there vegetarian options available at the Aquarium?
A:Yes, there are vegetarian options available at Café Scuba.
Q:Can I participate in animal encounters in the Aquarium of the Pacific?
A:Animal Encounters with Sharks & Rays, Seals & Sea Lions, Penguins, or Feathered Friends are available for an add'l fee. Encounters require a 48-hour advance reservation. Please call the Aquarium at the phone number on your ticket for more details.
Q:Can I participate in feeding the animals at the Aquarium of the Pacific?
A:Yes - You can feed brine shrimp to the Moon Jellys or feed nectar to the Lorikeets in the Lorikeet Forest. There is a nominal fee for each feeding experience.
Q:Is the Aquarium of the Pacific handicap accessible?
A:The Aquarium of the Pacific and its exhibits are wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are available for check out free of charge at the Information Desk.
Definitely go in the morning before the crowds get there
I needed a wheelchair, and there was no charge for the use.
For us 2 adults no kids, it was ok. We expected more.
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
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Time with my son
SALLY_P, May 2023
Spending time with my son.
He likes to spend time at the aquarium. It was the first chance I had in a while he had an absolute Blast.
Day at the aquarium
Discjo_D, May 2023
The SoCal exhibit part was awesome.
The shark tank and outdoor part was way cool too!
Please provide paper straws for the smoothies.
david_b, May 2023
Good aquarium. My kid liked it. Parking was easy. Good for kids. Go early. It got crowded as the day went on.
Value for money....
Rose_J, May 2023
Value for money. Educational and very thought provoking. Memorable
A great place for children and adults.
Ward_M, May 2023
Easy to find venue and parking was easy. Had fun looking at the sea life. Ther were interactive
areas for touching and viewing up close. Educational guides throughout.
Fun in Long each
James_H, May 2023
It was a fun day with the grandkids. Its been years since we last visited the Aquarium. Even the food was good.
Soanataake_A, Apr 2023
My kids excitement about the sea life it was worth everything seeing my kids enjoy their time and for a great pricing thank you Viator
1. The video crashed...
oscar_v, Apr 2023
1. The video crashed (upon entering aquarium), it took waaaaay too long to refresh the computer. The lights came on and everyone left the theater. No apology or explanation was given.
2. Too many exhibits closed
If possible go during the week
Jolene_H, Apr 2023
The touch tanks are great, but be prepared to stand in line if you go on a weekend. We went on a Saturday, and it was VERY busy!!!
Staff & location are amazing
Nem_B, Apr 2023
Staff were so welcoming and friendly! Location was clean and well organized. We loved watching the turtles, learning more about the ocean and fish, and just spending time together :)
Very nice for a family...
Jocelin_P, Apr 2023
Very nice for a family outing . Very family friendly and kids loved it ! Will go again ! Very worth it
GLADYS_G, Apr 2023
Since we got, there was no line every place was clean and well organized, my niece has the most wonderful adventure touching starfish, baby shark, etc.
Great day at the aquarium
Melissa_M, Mar 2023
Ticketing system made easy. Reservation system kept the crowds to a minimum. Enjoyed our day at the aquarium.
My son and his Girlfriend...
Arleth_C, Mar 2023
My son and his Girlfriend had a great time and no problem getting in after i emailed him the tickets.
Abel_C, Mar 2023
It was our first experience at the Long Beach Aquarium but it was excellent!! thank you 🙏 It was our first experience at the Long Beach Aquarium but it was excellent!! thank you 🙏 for the work that each one of you does so that we can have an unforgettable trip.
At Least The Ice Cream Truck Was Good
Casey_D, Mar 2023
A very bland and commercialized aquarium without much to offer. They seemed more focused on selling merchandise and food than maintenance upkeep or diversity in animals. You would think that a major metropolis would have a much more enjoyable aquarium. Save your $
Everything was exciting....
Maxine_W, Mar 2023
Everything was exciting. I really missed my favorite the Penguins. Tickets were quick and convenient not waiting in line. Truly an enjoyable experience.
Aquarium great - Viator customer support TRASH
Liliana_C, Mar 2023
The aquarium was a great experience for my family. My experience with the customer support from Viator was complete trash! I will never do business with them again. I would suggest that everyone look into buying tickets directly from the business if that is possible.
Michael_M, Feb 2023
While in Long Beach for a cruise we had a day to ourselves and spent some time at the port. Fish and coral were great
Imaginary trip No help
Jenna_G, Feb 2023
We didn’t make the trip because our family got caught in snow. I tried to contact staff from the aquarium or edit the reservation but neither was successful. We definitely want to go next time.
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