Los Angeles County is full of fun places to visit with the family, including aquariums! Explore these great spots and discover the wonders underneath the sea.
Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach is home to more than 11,000 ocean animals (made up of nearly 500 species), making it the largest aquarium in the county. Walk through each of these three stories to see 32 separate exhibits, featuring sea horses, sharks, jellyfish, penguins, fish and even some lorikeet birds. The little ones will love learning about the ocean they live near through interactive exhibits, including feeding the lorikeets and touching some sea life in the touch tank!
Head over to the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro to view ocean wildlife that lives in Southern California. There are over 40 individual tanks showing off the array of animals close by and interactive tunnels that mimic the environments the sea life lives in. The aquarium is situated along the beach, so take some blankets and beach gear to make a full day out of your adventure.
Discover the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium directly below the Santa Monica Pier carousal, just a short drive from our homes in Playa Vista. This space holds 100 different species that all live within the Santa Monica Bay. Tuesday through Sunday the aquarium hosts a daily event where guests can interact with the animals and learn all about the waters just beyond the pier. Events include feeding the sea stars, looking for sand crabs, taking an up-close look at sea life through a microscope, story time and feeding the sharks.
Spend time at the California Science Center to see a 188,000-gallon tank full of sharks, eels, seabass, rays, rockfish, lobsters, anemones and more. Located in the Ecosystems hall within this science museum, this tank has a walk-through tunnel so you can watch the sea life all around you. A separate exhibit in the museum highlights the deep ocean through interactive displays like controlling an ROV robot. The center is free of charge and is a quick day trip from Cameo in Whittier.
Before you head out, stop by new homes in Los Angeles County and discover family-friendly residences. We’ll be expecting you!