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Families at the Aquarium

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

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).

Special Exhibit Hours

The following exhibits may be closed until 1:30 p.m. on select weekdays for school programs. Call for specific hours.

Member Sunday Funday


November 23, 2014 10:00 AM—1:00 PM

Member Sunday Funday

Join us for Member Sunday Fundays this November! We’re offering FREE opportunities for members to visit the Aquarium classrooms every Sunday in November from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Holiday Treats for the Animals


December 6, 2014 9:00 AM—5:00 PM

Holiday Treats for the Animals

In celebration of the holiday season, Santa diver will be delivering an ocean of gifts to the Aquarium of the Pacific’s penguins, sea otters, seals, sea lions, birds, fish, and other animals.

Our Watersheds: Pathway to the Pacific

Our Watersheds Online Exhibit

Explore what is featured in the exhibit at the Aquarium, and plant a virtual native garden.


Online Learning Center



Buffleheads, migratory birds, are North America’s smallest diving duck. Although small in body size, the relatively large head of these ducks is the source of their common name which is derived from ‘buffalo head’. These very energetic, fast-flying birds spend time in fresh, brackish, and salty waters.


Aquarium/Battleship IOWA Combo