Long Beach’s Aquarium of the Pacific showcases animals from the Pacific Ocean, housing over some 500 species from the SoCal, Baja, and Tropical Pacific regions. In addition to numerous types of fish, guests will also see seahorses, turtles, sea lions, otters, and penguins. There’s also an area full of colorful Lorikeet birds. Visits can be followed by a stroll in Shoreline Aquatic Park.
Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA, USA, +1 562 590 3100
The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro showcases marine life from Southern California, with key areas including an exhibit hall, aquatic nursery, and research library. Guests can also come for the seasonal “grunion run,” which is when the small fish arrive at high tide to fertilize and bury their eggs in the sand. Admission is reasonable: a $5 suggested donation for adults and a $1 donation for children.
Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences houses nearly 40,000 animals representing 900 species. Of note is a swamp habitat where Claude, an albino alligator, lives. Nearby, visitors will also find the Kimball Natural History Museum, an impressive rainforest exhibit, and the Morrison Planetarium.
Steinhart Aquarium, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 379 8000