I don’t frequently get to check out aquariums, but I have been lucky to get to Long Beach’s famous Aquarium of The Pacific afew times now & it is so much fun! The bulk of the sea creatures are indoors, while they have a wonderful section that is outdoors & kids, young & old, will have a blast at! Outside, you get the chanch to dip your hands in water to pet a jellyfish or stingray zooming past you, or…wait for it…even baby sharks!!! You also can see seals, otters & for a limited time, PENGUINS! Unfortunetly, they are behind glass. I was hoping we would be able to get even more up & close & personal but then again, what other chanch in SoCal will I have to see these adorable guys?!;-)
Afew helpful tidbits….it does not take more than afew hours to see all that the aquarium has to offer, & if you keep a check on their web-site, they often have great promotions; we got in at half price after 5pm on a Summer Sunday;-) Last summer they opened most of it up for free on Fridays, too. They have afew food stands as well as The Scuba Cafe & their gift shop does not disappoint…just maybe your wallet, fyi!;-) On the day we went, we parked at the parking structure & it was cash only, beware! If you’re familar with Long Beach, you might even consider parking your car in a neighborhood up the street off Ocean Blvd (BUT CHECK POSTED SIGNS ABOUT DOING SO!!) & hopping on their PassPort bus system; by checking out their web-site, you could even navigate how to ride within downtown for free (& save a dollar).
When you’re done, its such a great area in Downtown LB to explore; loads of restaurants & bars await as you take a stroll past Shoreline Village (Complete with a carosel & arcade if you have kiddos), boats, a lighthouse & the entire ambience Long Beach has to offer. Heres my day in pictures, & make sure to check out this link by clicking the button below to get more ideas for fun spots to go to in California from fellow blogger friends, enjoy! xo
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