Aquarium of the Pacific
“The Aquarium of the Pacific, a nonprofit institution, celebrates our planet’s largest and most diverse body of water: the Pacific Ocean.”
Home to more than 11,000 animals, the Aquarium explores the waters of Southern California and Baja and the Northern and Tropical Pacific. A world of discovery awaits people of all ages, backgrounds, and interests. The Aquarium of the Pacific’s mission is to instill a sense of wonder, respect, and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants, and ecosystems.
Once you step into the aquarium, visitors are taken on a journey through the three main regions of the vast Pacific Ocean: the temperate waters of Southern California and Baja; the icy Northern Pacific, off the coasts of Alaska, Russia, and Japan; and the warm Tropical Pacific, featuring the colorful coral reefs of Palau. Sea lions, sea otters, and diving birds are among the incredible animals found in these expansive galleries, and an animal-touch Discovery Lab is featured in the Northern Pacific gallery. Guests can also encounter the Aquarium’s interactive Shark Lagoon and Lorikeet Forest as well as the Molina Animal Care Center, the Ocean Science Center, and much more. In its Ocean Theater, the Aquarium offers educational films and its Guest Speaker Series, featuring leading experts, filmmakers, scientists, and authors who specialize in ocean and environmental topics. The Aquarium’s Learning Center offers a diverse array of programs for children and young adults. It also offers adult courses with leading environmental experts through its Aquatic Academy, which can be taken for college education unit.
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How to get to the Aquarium of the Pacific without a car?
The Aquarium of the Pacific 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.
Here are some walking directions from the Transit Mall at Pine and 1st Street:
- Head South on Pine Ave. (towards the water)
- Turn right at The Paseo
- Turn left at Aquarium Way
Long Beach Transit offers the FREE Passport Bus that serves downtown Long Beach, the Aquarium of the Pacific, and the Queen Mary. From downtown Long Beach to the Aquarium, you can board at many stops along Pine Avenue, with the northwest corner bus stop of Pine at Ocean Blvd. being very popular. The Passport has frequent arrivals every 8-12 minutes depending on the day and time.