Insider’s Guide to the Aquarium of the Pacific

Dive into the depths of the world’s largest ocean as you explore and learn about the underwater ecosystems and aquatic animal life on view at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Aquarium Fun Facts

  • The Aquarium of the Pacific opened on June 20, 1998
  • The Aquarium of the Pacific is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that employs over 300 employees and over 1,500 volunteers who dedicate over 160,000 hours each year
  • The largest tank inside the aquarium is the 350,000-gallon Tropical Reef habitat inside the Tropical Pacific Gallery
  • The Shark Lagoon is home to over 150 sharks and rays
  • The aquarium’s architectural design was inspired by the waves of the Pacific Ocean
  • The Aquarium of the Pacific has been honored with multiple awards for their sustainable practices and initiatives including the 2015 Cool Planet Award from The Climate Registry and Southern California Edison
  • Conservation and educational initiatives include programs for endangered marine animals, citizen science programs, a sustainable seafood program and the housing of unreleasable mammals and birds

Aquarium Experiences & Exhibits

Immerse yourself in the underwater world of coral reefs in the Tropical Pacific Gallery and observe the dazzling colors and rich diversity of these underwater metropolises. Continue your journey under the sea by admiring the beauty and grace of jellyfish without the fear of getting stung by these majestic invertebrates.

Learn more about local wildlife at the 18-exhibit Southern California/Baja Gallery, featuring the 142,000-gallon, three-story Honda Blue Cavern that houses species from just off the shores of nearby Catalina Island. Your journey along the Baja coast includes views of colorful kelp and fish — including California’s state fish, the garibaldi — at the Amber Forest, and a stop at the 211,000-gallon seal and sea lion habitat.

Brace yourself for daring, up-close encounters with some of the ocean’s most revered predators at the Shark Lagoon, which includes a touch pool for hands-on studies of select sharks and rays. Don’t leave the aquarium without visiting the Lorikeet Forest — a 5,400-square-foot aviary that is home to over 100 colorful lorikeets, whom you can feed nectar as they perch themselves on your hand, arm, shoulder or head.

Animal Encounters

Festivals & Community Events

Weddings & Special Events

In addition to being one of Long Beach’s top attractions, the Aquarium of the Pacific is also one of the city’s top event venues, perfect for weddings, corporate gatherings and special events. Host your nautical nuptials in one of several distinct underwater areas, such as the Shark Lagoon, Upper Level Galleries, or beneath a replica blue whale in the Great Hall. Hold educational workshops, meetings or team retreats inside the Watershed classroom, or wow your colleagues with an after hours reception alongside some of the wonders of the Pacific Ocean. Attendees of catered Aquarium events can savor a menu of chef-driven, sustainably-sourced small plates and entreés with, of course, plenty of seafood to choose from.

For more information about hosting special events at the Aquarium of the Pacific, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Aquarium of the Pacific?

The Aquarium of the Pacific is located in the heart of downtown Long Beach at 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802.

How much are tickets to the Aquarium of the Pacific?

Prices for admission to the Aquarium of the Pacific vary by age and are subject to change throughout the year. For the latest pricing information, please visit the Aquarium's official website.

What is there to do near the Aquarium of the Pacific?

The Aquarium is conveniently located near multiple hotels and is within walking distance to nearby shopping, dining and entertainment options found at The Pike Outlets and Shoreline Village.

How big is the Aquarium of the Pacific?

The Aquarium of the Pacific encompasses 360,000-square-feet, making it California’s largest aquarium.

How do I get to the Aquarium of the Pacific?

The Aquarium of the Pacific is located at 100 Aquarium Way on Rainbow Harbor, along the Los Angeles River and next to Shoreline Aquatic Park. Those arriving by car can find parking on the water side of Shoreline Drive, between Chestnut and Aquarium Way. Parking fees are $8.00 per day with validation from the aquarium.

The nearest stop for those traveling via Long Beach’s convenient public transit system can be found just a half mile from Transit Mall in Downtown Long Beach — a 10-minute downhill walk from the Blue line and major bus lines. From Transit Mall:

  • Head South on Pine Ave. (towards the water)
  • Turn right at The Paseo
  • Turn left at Aquarium Way

Visitors can also take advantage of Long Beach Transit’s FREE Passport Bus, which allows boarding at multiple stops along Pine Avenue, with arrivals every 8-12 minutes. The Passport Bus also features service to and from Downtown Long Beach and The Queen Mary.

What animals are at the Aquarium of the Pacific?

The Aquarium of the Pacific is home to over 11,000 animals, encompassing 500 different species. A few of the types of animals you can view at the aquarium include fish, eels, anemones, coral, sea otters, jellyfish, diving birds, giant crabs, and over 150 sharks and rays.

How much is parking at the Aquarium of the Pacific?

All day parking is $8.00 with aquarium validation.

How long does it take to get through the Aquarium of the Pacific?

It takes the average visitor about 3 hours to explore the Aquarium of the Pacific, but any visit can be extended by attending shows, special events or educational activities hosted throughout the day.

Can you take food into the Aquarium of the Pacific?

No outside food or beverages are allowed inside the Aquarium of the Pacific. Located inside the Aquarium and overlooking the seal and sea lion exhibit, Café Scuba serves snacks, sandwiches and other menu items sure to please all ages, including a selection of plant-based, sustainable menu items. Other aquarium dining options include the Bamboo Bistro and the Blue Whale Café coffee cart.