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Aquarium of the Pacific

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The Aquarium of the Pacific's mission is to instill a sense of wonder, respect, and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants, and ecosystems.


Our vision is to create an aquarium dedicated to conserving and building Natural Capital (Nature and Nature's services) by building Social Capital (the interactions between and among peoples).

About Us:

The Aquarium of the Pacific is the fourth most-attended aquarium in the nation. It displays over 11,000 animals in more than 50 exhibits that represent the diversity of the Pacific Ocean. Each year more than 1.5 million people visit the Aquarium. Beyond its world-class animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists. Through these programs and a variety of multimedia experiences, the Aquarium provides opportunities to delve deeper into ocean science and learn more about our planet. The Aquarium of the Pacific has redefined the modern aquarium. It is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and a place where important topics facing our planet and our ocean are explored by scientists, policy-makers and stakeholders in the search for sustainable solutions.

The Aquarium features a NOAA Science on a Sphere, which exhibits imagery and real-time ocean and weather data on a six-foot diameter globe. It also presents daily shows covering topics such as sea level rise and marine ecosystems. Throughout the year, the Aquarium features art exhibits, performing arts shows, and cultural festivals as a way to engage new audiences and make science accessible.


G.W. Barker

Sunday, July 1, 2018
I. Love. This place. It is well put together. I could stay for hours watching the individual tanks. The tide pool showcases and the individualized ones are great. They even had an exhibit from NC and it made me feel good to see some of where I’m from. It does get crowded and there will always be those people that won’t mind manners. So you have to deal with crowds. The food is good. Sharks are awesome. The pool where you can touch sharks is great and I love looking at the medical area and the fish they have to keep separated. It is expensive, the parking is crazy. But not as crazy as the traffic in the area. After this you can walk the boardwalk!

K Sosa

Monday, July 9, 2018
We had a great time. We had the greatest tour guides ever. They took us behind the scenes and saw the scuba divers jump in the aquarium tanks to feed the sea creatures. All scuba divers are volunteers and very friendly. You must walk the entire aquarium and have your kids collect the stamps in their books for a reward. The sea lion show was awesome. The penguin exhibit is beautiful. These animals are so cute and must see. Beautiful aquarium, very clean, informative, relaxing and awesome volunteer staff. A place to return again and again.

Eric Violante

Thursday, June 28, 2018
My kids love this Place! Always liking forward to the next trip. Can always see new things every time you go. The touch pols are great, even for adults. They have a food court that has a bunch of choices. The only complaints about the food side is 1. They can not change any thing at all (wouldn't add more cheese to nacho fries or cook them crispy for me) because there is no button to charge for it! 2. A bit on the pricey side for fast finger food. Other then that, great place to visit. Check into the annual pass may save you some money in the long run.

Lauren Gatlin

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Fun Fun Fun! We have a family membership and it has been totally worth it! Cafe Scuba has many delicious options. Prices at the gift shop are reasonable. Parking packages are available for members and even if you stay for 2 hours, it's still a deal. The facility has always been spotless and I'm excited for the addition they are currently doing.

Adnan Karim

Thursday, June 28, 2018
This aquarium is much bigger with more things to see and learn about. We had a lovely day there and we really enjoyed our time at Aquarium of the Pacific. I truly feel everyone can enjoy it. You can touch a star fish, learn about different frogs, see interesting sea horse, touch some sting ray / sharks, enjoy a couple of many different type of fish or feed some nectar to some beautiful colored birds. There are a lot of different species like fishes, frog, bird, jellyfish, sea horse, penguins, sea star etc. that you can see here. Overall, it is an awesome place to learn about sea life and how to save their environment.

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