An Outing To The Aquarium Of The Pacific
My friend Paloma and her son, Diego, came for a visit, so we took them to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. It is one of my five top places to take friends with children when they come to LA. Kids (and adults) love it so much.
(Places like this remind me of how different was my childhood from the one my kids are having. I was born and raised at the “end of the world,” one of the southern most cities of the American continent Punta Arenas, surrounded by beautiful landscapes and people, but not much access to the “world”. My kids, on the other hand, have access to almost everything the world has to offer, including an amazing, gorgeous, and informative aquarium with hundreds of sea creatures just 30 minutes away! They are spoiled. I know it.)
So, let’s talk about the Aquarium of the Pacific. It is not a HUGE aquarium, but it is big and you can easily spend 5-6 hours there if you enjoy the different events and special exhibitions they have. If you just want to see sea creatures, you can be done in 2 hours. It has two floors and an outdoor area.
My favorite things to look for are the aquariums inside the building with the Horses and Dragons. Sea horses have all the colors and shapes you can imagine. My kids’ favorite is the Shark Lagoon. The sharks and stingrays get fed a couple of times a day; which is a lot of fun to watch. The Lorikeet Forest is a highlight, too. You are allowed to feed the birds while they walk all over your arms and hair. Did I mention there is a baby penguin? And a tunnel that runs in the middle of a seal swimming pool? Yeap, lots to do, for sure.
Here are some photos:
Nemo!!! All kids know Nemo and love seeing it in the natural habitat. This is a shark egg. That right in the middle is a shark. Kids can see all the different stages of shark development inside an egg. Precious.
Look at these glowing colors. Just WOW! Don’t you think?
Jellyfishes are beautiful. So graceful and serene.
Yes, this is a sea horse, can you believe it? The Lorikeet Forest. More and more color.
Paloma and Diego. Love you both!
My only problem with the Aquarium is that is expensive. It is better to buy a family membership and use it many times through out year to make it worth it. Otherwise, you will pay $29.95 for adults and $17.95 for children every time you go there.
Tips for your visit
- Get there early to avoid crowds, especially on weekends.
- There is a restaurant where you can buy food and drinks. They have healthy options.
- There are some water games in the outside area. Some kids can get wet, so you might want to bring a change of clothes.
- It is hot outside during the summer, bring sunscreen!
Hope you like it!
100 Aquarium Way,
Long Beach, CA 90802
Open 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m – Every Day of the Year, Except Christmas Day (Dec. 25) and During the Grand Prix of Long Beach (April 15-17, 2016).
I love this post, Mila. Your jelly photos are fabulous…National Geographic-fabulous! Such Fun. I agree about the year membership…it is much cheaper in the long run and you can pop over whenever you like. 🙂
Thanks, Jeanne! I really appreciate the compliment.
That sounds like a great excursion! My son would love that, he is interested in fish and underwater life. Beautiful pictures, as always! Take care, Mila. ???
that is fun! Is there an aquarium near where you live?
No, not really any great aquariums, but we do have an incredible world class zoo that lets you see animals swimming under water (and everything from polar bears – they do important research there to help save the species- to llamas.) take care.
Stunning pictures! I think you’ve got a knack for underwater photography. Time to grab a waterproof camera and get some shots of the kids swimming?
Yes, I have thought about buying a waterproof camera or case… I also love diving.
fantastic photos Mila!
Wow is all I can say at each of your photo’s. Can’t even start to think this is favourite or that. They are all my favourite.
How wonderful to enjoy this experience with your little ones.
I am so happy you liked them. In reality, the light and setting is so perfect that it is almost impossible not to take a good photo. My friend was taking pictures with an iPhone and they looked great too.