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Today's Hours: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm


With so many opportunities to touch animals and interact with Aquarium staff, your field trip is sure to be a fun and educational opportunity.

Educator with children and sea turtle

Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific/Andrew Reitsma

happy child at touch tank

Discovery Labs

Ever wonder what a sea anemone feels like? Find out at one of the Aquarium’s Discovery Labs.

Students will get a hands-on experience of tidepool animals including sea stars, anemones, sea cucumbers, urchins and more at the North Pacific Touch Lab. At Shark Lagoon and the Ray Pool, students will feel both tropical and local species of sharks and rays. While at the Aquarium’s Discovery Labs, students will use the Aquarium’s two finger touch rule to safely and gently interact with our animals.

Diver and kids waving

Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific/Andrew Reitsma

Educational Shows

Learn more about our exhibits by attending an Educational Show.

Students will enjoy hearing SCUBA divers talk about the exhibits or mammalogists explain a training session. Shows are held throughout the day at Blue Cavern, Seals and Sea Lions, Sea Otters, and the Tropical Reef. Pick up a schedule from the Information Desk for show times and locations or plan ahead by downloading one here.

Sammy & Ray movie still

Credit: nWave Pictures

Ocean Theater

There are fascinating films about some of the Aquarium residents playing throughout the day at Ocean Theater.

While the 4-D movies are available for an additional charge, free movies are available to you and your students at various show times. Check the sign above the theater entrance for program listings and times.

Child at touchpool showing two finger touch of ray

Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific/Andrew Reitsma

Explorer’s Cove

Don’t forget to enjoy some time in Explorer’s Cove during your field trip.

Feed a lorikeet in Lorikeet Forest, touch a shark at Shark Lagoon, or take part in an informal children’s program at Marine Life Theater. Show times for MLT (Marine Life Theater) can be found on a Today at the Aquarium or on-line here .

Embossing Game Activity Coloring Book

Helpful Honda Aquarium Scavenger Hunt

Your students can claim a free coloring book while they explore the Aquarium and learn facts about our animals and exhibits.

Students can emboss their Aquarium Visitor Guide at all eight 20th Anniversary embossing stations located throughout the Aquarium. They’ll receive a free surprise by showing their completed guide at the Information Center thanks to the helpful SoCal Honda Dealers, while supplies last.

Field Trips to the Aquarium

Reservations & Info • (562) 590-3100, ext. 0

  • Provide opportunities to touch animals including sharks, sea stars, anemones, and more
  • Engage and excite students
  • Inspire awe in the Pacific Ocean and the animals that live there
  • Connect to classroom curriculum
  • Require advanced reservation