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Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

3720 Stephen M. White Drive

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is an educational, recreational and research facility devoted to encouraging active public participation to promote knowledge and conservation of the marine life of Southern California. Resources: Physically accessible aquarium and exhibits, Virginia Reid Moore Marine Research Library for on site use (opening Summer 2005), teacher workshops, tours for school groups, lab/field-based workshops for school classes and families, public programs, outreach for schools, whale watch programs for schools and the public, summer classes for students, educator previsit materials. Membership in Friends of CMA includes discounts, special invitations, and quarterly publications.


Andrea Schoeny

Sunday, May 6, 2018
Visited with my friend and her young children. Loved the touch tank and the kids were so excited to gently interact with the animals. (The water is very cold, heads up.) Exhibits were informative, with some interactive tasks, though some of the tanks did not have signs. Exploration Lab was neat and we probably could have spent more time there. The Nursery was closed the day we were there, but I heard it was the best part. It's a suggested donation of $5/adult and $1/child, and even at twice that price, this basic (no-frills) aquarium is a GREAT way to spend a few hours!

deborah saks

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
A no-frills educational aquarium with a good assortment of shore and aquatic specimens. A favorite with everyone is the touch tank which opens periodically, with a docent explaining what is in the tank and who is available to answer any questions people have. There is also a an educational lab in a separate building, occasional lectures and movies are shown, and there are student volunteers available in the aquarium to demonstrate specific life processes for some of the sea creatures. The gift shop offers a wide range of gifts and mementos, some geared towards the many school children who visit, some geared toward tourists who want a simple reminder of their visit, and others for people who are genuinely artistic and appreciate fine things. There are even some beautiful educational charts and other items that would be quite useful to a teacher. The buyer does an excellent job of providing something for everyone. If you come on your own, and not as part of a tour group, you will have to pay for parking which is $1 per hour. Two hours will be sufficient to visit the aquarium, possibly even 1 hour if you are short on time. If you have the time and feel like taking a walk, the aquarium is right next to Cabrillo Beach, and next to the Cabrillo Marina, and fairly close to the entrance to the Los Angeles Harbor at San Pedro. A very nice walk is to take the Cabrillo Pier out to the end from where you can see the entrance to the harbor straight ahead, the marina on the left, breakwater on the right, and Cabrillo Beach on the right as well. It gives excellent views of cargo ships coming in and out of the harbor, a lighthouse at the entrance to the harbor, working oil platforms in the distance, and pleasure boaters of all kinds. An occasional whale has been spotted in the harbor, lots of pelicans fly around and sea gulls pigeons and other birds are often seen.


Thursday, June 7, 2018
So, I went with my daughter's school field trip to Cabrillo. There was learning right on the beach, so awesome. We also hatched Grunions which was so cool. All the kids loved this but I dont know if this is part of a regular visit. This was part of the STEMS program which is new here. The librarian had a read aloud, it was so pleasant.

David Ueno

Monday, June 11, 2018
A really neat yet really small aquarium. Not the aquarium to go to to see many big aquatic ocean animals but definitely worth the look around. Pretty cheap given the species of the fish they have. A really neat experience to at least stop by and check out.

Erin N

Friday, June 1, 2018
The Grunion Run is a fascinating experience. This is also a relaxed place for a nice day trip. A free trolley goes around the area and you can see naval vessels and eat good fish, and of course come back and learn at the aquarium. It has a nice touch tank and is great for all ages.

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