What: Aquarium of the Pacific
When: Fall 2013
Where: Long Beach, California
The buzz and chatter of the curious public greeted me as I entered the main lobby of the Aquarium of the Pacific. The Saturday swell of kids, volunteers, couples, and the like cued up to ohh and ahh over the marine life.
I think when you’re a local, you somehow tend to not take in what’s around you. For ages I’ve heard about the Aquarium of the Pacific, but have never managed to actually take an afternoon to explore what it has to offer.
Celebrating their 15th Anniversary, this non-profit organization has both indoor and outdoor exhibits. I’m pretty tactile by nature and loved that it was an environment that encouraged visitors to be hands on. Reach into one of the several touchpools and personally greet bat rays, sand sharks, and all sorts of other squishy rubbery skinned creatures!
The Auqarium had a good mix of exhibits that were both educational and entertaining. Room by room visitors would be chatty and wide-eyed while trying to snap photos of encased sea creatures of varying sizes and colors.
There is quite a bit to take in, especially when it’s crowded on a busy weekend. Do yourself a favor and stop by midweek… if possible. You’ll have free reign to casually peek into each station of each exhibit.
One exhibit I completely missed out on was the Ocean Science Center. Using NOAA’s Science on a Sphere technology, visitors can, “travel across the planet and learn about pressing issues that affect our ocean.” It seems to be similar to Griffith Park Observatory’s Planetarium, if your familiar with their shows. Ocean in Motion, one of the few shows on offer, seems particularly poignant and interesting. They seem to touch on dead zones, fisheries, ecosystems, and thoughts on preservation.
If you’d really like to dig in and get more of an experience, the Aquarium also offers behind the scenes tours (1 hour), audio tours, guest speakers, animal encounters, and seasonal boat excursions (45 minutes).
The Fine Print:
Address: 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone: (562) 590-3100.
Hours: 9 am – 6 pm
Admission: $25.95 Adult, $14.95 Kids, & $22.95 Senior for General Admission | 10% AAA Discount if you show card
Parking: $8 self park in adjacent structure
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