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Aquarium of the Pacific

Discover the undersea secrets that lurk beneath the waves of the Pacific Ocean at this Long Beach favourite.

The Aquarium of the Pacific on the Long Beach coast is so vast that its interior could accommodate three football pitches. Its three storeys are designed to showcase life below the surface of the Pacific, the largest body of water in the world. Displays are themed within three geographical areas: Southern California and Baja, the Northern Pacific and the Tropical Pacific.

The aquarium is home to almost 500 species and more than 11,000 animals, from colourful tropical fish and sea cucumbers to graceful rays and jellyfish. Get within touching distance of sharks that live in the temperate waters off the Californian coast, and watch close-ups of penguins diving through the icy waters of their northerly home from the relative comfort of the Penguin Habitat’s specially designed “crawl-in” spaces. Feeding time for these amusing characters is always a popular attraction.

Wander around at your own pace to marvel at a world which is usually off-limits to humans. For an even closer look, take a behind-the-scenes tour, which offers a bird’s-eye view of one of the aquarium’s star attractions, the huge Tropical Reef, and a chance to feed the fish. The tour also explains more about the work of the aquarium and its pioneering programme of animal care.

Undersea creatures are not the only residents; the aquarium also houses many tropical birds in Lorikeet Forest, a 300-square-metre outdoor aviary. It’s easy to become mesmerised by the bright plumage of over 100 lorikeets as they swoop through the air. These friendly birds will even land on your hands or shoulders to sip nectar; buy a tub from the aviary entrance to see them enjoy their favourite food at astonishingly close quarters.

The Aquarium of the Pacific is in Long Beach, 40 kilometres south of central Los Angeles. Pay parking is provided nearby. The aquarium is open every day except Christmas Day; check the website for opening times.


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1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Harbor, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of RMS Queen Mary and Long Beach Cruise Terminal. Aquarium of the Pacific and Pike at Rainbow Harbor are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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    Hyatt Regency Long Beach

    Hyatt Regency Long Beach

    200 S Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Long Beach hotel is located on the boardwalk, just steps away from Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center and Pike at Rainbow Harbor. Aquarium of the Pacific and Shoreline Village are also within 10 minutes.

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      Hyatt Centric The Pike Long Beach

      Hyatt Centric The Pike Long Beach

      285 Bay Street, Long Beach, CA
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Harbor, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pike at Rainbow Harbor and Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. Aquarium of the Pacific and Shoreline Village are also within 15 minutes.

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        The Westin Long Beach

        333 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Long Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, Pike at Rainbow Harbor and City Place Shopping Center. One World Trade Center and Aquarium of the Pacific are also within 15 minutes.

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          Hotel Maya - a Doubletree by Hilton Hotel

          700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach, CA
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Harbor, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of RMS Queen Mary and Aquarium of the Pacific. Long Beach Cruise Terminal and Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center are also within 1 mile (2 km).

            Hilton Long Beach Hotel £163
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            Hilton Long Beach Hotel

            701 West Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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              Hotel Royal £88
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              Hotel Royal

              431 E. Broadway, Long Beach, CA
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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                Residence Inn by Marriott Downtown Long Beach £166
                Residence Inn by Marriott Downtown Long Beach

                Residence Inn by Marriott Downtown Long Beach

                600 Queensway Drive, Long Beach, CA
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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