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Families at the Aquarium

The Aquarium of the Pacific is a fun and educational experience for families.

In addition to our 11,000 animal exhibits with numerous opportunities for up-close encounters, we offer Harbor Tours, a 4D film experience, family festivals, a variety of children’s educational programs, birthday parties, summer and winter camps, sleepovers, and more.

Aquarium Hours

9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. | DAILY

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Open every day of the year, except Christmas Day and during the weekend of the Grand Prix of Long Beach (April 17, 18, and 19, 2015).

Watershed Exhibit Hours

9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. |

1:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. |

Please note the weekday hours of the Watersheds: Pathways to the Pacific exhibit

Why Do We Explore?


November 1, 2014 8:00 AM—4:00 PM

Why Do We Explore?

Meet Okeanos Explorer - a ship dedicated to Ocean Exploration! Through this workshop, teachers will be introduced to deep sea exploration, Okeanos voyages, standard-based lesson plans, on-line resources, and more. Each participant receives a $50 stipend for attending the full day session.

Autumn Festival


November 8, 2014 9:00 AM—5:00 PM

Autumn Festival

Delve into the arts, cuisines, cultures, and marine environments of Asia during the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Autumn Festival.

Explore the sound-based world of whales

Whales: Voices in the Sea

Discover the sounds of humpback, sperm, gray, blue, beaked, and Northern right whales in this online version of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s exhibit Whales: Voices in the Sea. Listen to each whale call, watch videos on the whales, learn about conservation issues, and see interviews with scientists.

Johnsons Sea Cucumber

Online Learning Center


Johnsons Sea Cucumber

Johnsons’ sea cucumber is not among the deep sea cucumbers that are able to swim to find prey. This species relies on particles of food falling from the surface as marine snow and prey it can find in the seafloor sediment. “Swimming” is limited to flexing its muscular body, inching along the seafloor on its tube feet.

This sea cucumber is an echinoderm. It is related to sea stars, sea urchins, and sand dollars. Little is known about the life cycle. However, scientists are beginning to learn more as they explore the depths of the ocean and have begun to learn more as a result of manned submersibles and ROVs.


Aquarium/Battleship IOWA Combo