Formerly known as the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, the Aquarium of the Pacific occupies five acres of Long Beach, California's Rainbow Harbor, facing the famous Queen Mary Hotel and Attraction. Aquarium employees and volunteers work not only to entertain and educate the public about marine life, but also participate in environmental conservation and endangered species breeding activities. The structure of the Aquarium's main building was designed by Kajima International to mimic the cresting and crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean against which the facility rests.
Whales: Voices in the Sea explores the sounds made by whales of every size and latitude, and won the 2005 MUSE Silver Award from the American Association of Museums Media and Technology Committee for "Interpretation and Education in Science". Lorikeet Forest is a 3,200-square-foot aviary outside of the Aquarium proper, featuring more than a hundred of the lively coastal Australian birds. The BP Sea Otter Habitat emulates the charming creatures' natural habitat with painstaking attention to environmental detail and lighting.
Prices for admission to the Aquarium itself, or bundled with Gray Whale Watch cruises, Behind-The-Scenes Tours, Harbor Tours, Queen Mary Admission, and other features, range from $19.95 to $48.95, and can be foundhere.
Best time to visit
Weekends, holidays, and summertime are when the Aquarium receives its heaviest "traffic," and visiting during morning hours on weekends, or later afternoons on weekdays, is recommended for a less crowded atmosphere.
Near by POI
The Aquarium's front lawn now features a 4,700-square-foot Earth-Friendly Garden, which was unveiled in early 2010.