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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.


Sashi Michele

Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018
It was a very fun experience! I didn't even know this place existed until another mom told me about it. It was very interactive and there was a lot of great information by staff and volunteers presenting at the museum. It's located right by the beach which is perfect for a beach day of exploration. The kids had a great time and were able to see many different animals. The museum is donation based and that's awesome ( be sure to give bc it is how this place keeps its doors open) There are many hands on activities and up close encounters that teach the kids about the Marine life and environment of the Pacific coast. I wish more funding was available to give more live to the facilities but they're doing a great job working with what they have. You have to pay for parking but there's plenty of it. We we'll certainly be back and share with others about the aquarium.

Erin Sinnokrak

Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018
A gem of an aquarium, tucked away at the tip of San Pedro. Free admission (donations gladly accepted), passionate volunteers. The displays and tanks are focused on local fish and wildlife. The education center has microscopes and science-oriented experiences for school aged kids, while preschoolers can play in their puppet theater/dress up station and craft areas. Check the times for the touch tank; it closes periodically to give the animals a chance to recover. Love this aquarium!

Mohammed Azam Hussain

Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018
Great hands-on aquarium for kids (and pretty interesting for adults too). Lots of fish, crustaceans, and other sea creatures for kids to check out. The touch tank opens up every hour which features a tide pool stocked with starfish, sea urchins and amemones that kids can touch along with leopard sharks and a moray eel that they can't touch. The Exploration center has tons of shells and specimens that they can touch as well - my kids loved feeling shark teeth and looking at scales under the microscope. It sounds crazy but we could hardly pull them away to go back to the beach (which is conveniently located right across the parking lot!).

sandi dorsa

Friday, June 15, 2018
A great place to go, see and interact with the staff and volunteers. Miss Norma and Miss Judy are such gracious ladies. My granddaughter, Sky got to help Miss Judy with the tide pool. Thank you Miss Judy for allowing Sky to help. She comes to spend each summer from Alabama. A memorable day for us. A big thank you to my friend to make the day happen. You know who you are.

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.

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