A Day at The Aquarium of The Pacific!

I don’t frequently get to check out aquariums, but I have been lucky to get to Long Beach’s famous Aquarium of The Pacific afew times now & it is so much fun! The bulk of the sea creatures are indoors, while they have a wonderful section that is outdoors & kids, young & old, will have a blast at! Outside, you get the chanch to dip your hands in water to pet a jellyfish or stingray zooming past you, or…wait for it…even baby sharks!!! You also can see seals, otters & for a limited time, PENGUINS! Unfortunetly, they are behind glass. I was hoping we would be able to get even more up & close & personal but then again, what other chanch in SoCal will I have to see these adorable guys?!;-)

Afew helpful tidbits….it does not take more than afew hours to see all that the aquarium has to offer, & if you keep a check on their web-site, they often have great promotions; we got in at half price after 5pm on a Summer Sunday;-) Last summer they opened most of it up for free on Fridays, too. They have afew food stands as well as The Scuba Cafe & their gift shop does not disappoint…just maybe your wallet, fyi!;-) On the day we went, we parked at the parking structure & it was cash only, beware! If you’re familar with Long Beach, you might even consider parking your car in a neighborhood up the street off Ocean Blvd (BUT CHECK POSTED SIGNS ABOUT DOING SO!!) & hopping on their PassPort bus system; by checking out their web-site, you could even navigate how to ride within downtown for free (& save a dollar).
When you’re done, its such a great area in Downtown LB to explore; loads of restaurants & bars await as you take a stroll past Shoreline Village (Complete with a carosel & arcade if you have kiddos), boats, a lighthouse & the entire ambience Long Beach has to offer. Heres my day in pictures, & make sure to check out this link by clicking the button below to get more ideas for fun spots to go to in California from fellow blogger friends, enjoy! xo


(Have you ever seen a duck with a blue beak?!)

(March of the penguins!)

(Gotta admit…Mr. Puffin really captured my heart!)

(Aren’t the jellyfish magical?!)

(*All photography copyrighted & taken by Along Comes Mary & Holly Ridout. Please contact me BEFORE using in your own media. Thank you!)



  1. Maribel Reyes

    July 11, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    I love this! I knew about the free Friday evenings last year. We visited my sister and were supposed to go, but with kids our plans changed. Hopefully we can make it this summer . Thank you for all the tips! the cash only parking structure that is very important. Thank you again! 😉

    1. Along Comes Mary

      July 11, 2012 at 10:04 pm

      No problem! Definitely check out what Sundays they’re doing the $15 admission after 5; they might have an on-going discount for children if you show your AAA card, too;-)

  2. beverlydiehl

    July 12, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Hey Mary – your link isn’t working, you want it to point HERE: http://alongcomesmary.wordpress.com/2012/07/11/a-day-at-the-aquarium-of-the-pacific/

    Instead of just to your site. Not sure how you fix it, but am sure there is a way.

    Once I tracked it/you down. loved the pics. The Aquarium is a GREAT place to visit, even if you don’t have kids.

    1. Along Comes Mary

      July 13, 2012 at 3:59 am

      Hi Beverly! Good to hear from you & thanks for this heads up; when I tested it a trillion times before publishing, it seemed to work??:/ I will look into this.

      & yes! The times I have been to the LB aquarium, its been with out of town friends, none of us have kids yet we LOVE it;-)

  3. jamiegall1930

    July 17, 2012 at 5:28 am

    I have to get there to check out the Penguins =)

  4. horsingaroundinla

    September 4, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    You know how much I love the aquarium!!! Us JEM girls must go together soon. I used to volunteer there when the Aquarium first opened back in 1998!! Brings back so many fun memories. hehehe 😉

    1. Along Comes Mary

      September 4, 2012 at 8:23 pm

      Ask J about her time with the aquarium;) LOL!

      1. horsingaroundinla

        September 4, 2012 at 10:14 pm

        LOL Oh boy.. I can only imgaine!! 😉 hehe

      2. horsingaroundinla

        September 4, 2012 at 10:15 pm

        LOL Oh boy.. I can only imagine!! 😉 hehe

  5. nevaeh110

    September 26, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    i am going to go diving at the aquarium of the pasiffic
    p.s. i am a girl and i am 9 years old!

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