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Aquarium of the Pacific

Immerse yourself in the world under the sea and come nose to nose with sharks, eels and the giant Pacific octopus.

Soak up knowledge about life in the deep with a marine marvel dedicated to ocean life from the Pacific, the planet’s largest body of water.

This shore-side attraction in Long Beach is so huge that three football fields could fit inside its expansive three-story interior. The vast exhibition space recreates three principle areas of the Pacific Ocean: the temperate waters of Southern California and Baja, the icy Northern Pacific and the Tropical Pacific.

There’s a lot going on beneath the surface. You’ll mist up the aquarium glass as you get up close to admire the beautiful shapes and colors of more than 11,000 ocean animals representing nearly 500 species. You can watch them eat at feeding time and even feel a few in the various touching pools. Make closer acquaintances with jellyfish (the non-stinging varieties), sea cucumbers, rays and other sea creatures. You can even dip your fingers in the Shark Lagoon to “pet” some of the sharks.

A behind-the-scenes tour offers those who want to acquire deeper knowledge of the aquarium’s inhabitants a chance to venture above the largest exhibit, Tropical Reef, and feed the fish. You’ll also go into non-public areas of the building to see and learn about how the aquarium is maintained, from water filtration to animal care.

Within Lorikeet Forest, a gaggle of colorful tropical birds caters to landlubbers at the aquarium. This 3,200-square-foot (300-square-meter) outdoor aviary houses more than 100 lorikeets from five subspecies. Purchase a tub of nectar at the aviary’s entrance and watch the birds fly to your hands, arms and shoulders to sip their favorite food.

In the Penguin Habitat, “crawl-in” spaces let you see these flightless birds above and below the water.

Long Beach is situated is 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of downtown Los Angeles. There is paid parking nearby. The aquarium is open every day except Christmas Day and over a weekend in April for the Grand Prix of Long Beach.


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The Westin Long Beach NT$4,143
The Westin Long Beach

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. 1st Street Station is only a 3-minute walk and Downtown Long Beach Station is 6 minutes.

    Courtyard by Marriott Long Beach Downtown NT$3,971
    Courtyard by Marriott Long Beach Downtown

    Courtyard by Marriott Long Beach Downtown

    500 E 1st St, Long Beach, CA
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Long Beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of 4th Street Retro Row and Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. Aquarium of the Pacific and Shoreline Village are also within 1 mi (2 km). 1st Street Station is only a 5-minute walk and Downtown Long Beach Station is 9 minutes.

      Hotel Maya - a Doubletree by Hilton Hotel NT$5,571
      Hotel Maya - a Doubletree by Hilton Hotel

      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 mi (2 km). Downtown Long Beach Station is 21 minutes by foot and 1st Street Station is 26 minutes.

        Residence Inn by Marriott Downtown Long Beach NT$5,400
        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

          Located in Harbor, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of California State University-Office of the Chancellor, RMS Queen Mary, and Aquarium of the Pacific. Long Beach Cruise Terminal and Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center are also within 1 mi (2 km). Downtown Long Beach Station is 24 minutes by foot and 1st Street Station is 29 minutes.

          Hyatt Centric The Pike Long Beach NT$3,618
          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. Downtown Long Beach Station is 8 minutes by foot and 1st Street Station is 11 minutes.

            Renaissance Long Beach Hotel NT$4,543
            Renaissance Long Beach Hotel

            Renaissance Long Beach Hotel

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

              Located in Downtown Long Beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, Aquarium of the Pacific, and Shoreline Village. RMS Queen Mary and Long Beach Cruise Terminal are also within 2 mi (3 km). Downtown Long Beach Station and 1st Street Station are within a 5-minute walk.

              Hilton Long Beach Hotel NT$2,970
              Hilton Long Beach Hotel

              Hilton Long Beach Hotel

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

                Located in Downtown Long Beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of One World Trade Center, Aquarium of the Pacific, and Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. RMS Queen Mary and Long Beach Cruise Terminal are also within 2 mi (3 km). Downtown Long Beach Station is 10 minutes by foot and 1st Street Station is 15 minutes.

                Hyatt Regency Long Beach
                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 from Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center and Pike at Rainbow Harbor. Aquarium of the Pacific and Shoreline Village are also within 10 minutes. Downtown Long Beach Station is 7 minutes by foot and 1st Street Station is 9 minutes.