Thursday, July 11, 2013

My L.A. - Aquarium of the Pacific

With access to a car, I now can take my son places that we normally wouldn't be able to visit - like the Aquarium of the Pacific, in Long Beach.

This is a place to go if you have a child or are in love with aquatic animals. My 4yo LOVE the Aquarium of the Pacific. He has the map in his room, which he reads, daily.

But a warning in advance - it's expensive. $14.95 for children ages 3-11, and $25.95 for adults - it'll take a chunk out of your wallet. (and if your wallet looks like mine, this trip is a "special" treat - right there with Disneyland.) You can buy a family membership for $115, which makes it reasonable - and honestly, that's the best way to go. If you go 2x, you've paid it off. (Family memberships are the key to all things family)

That aside - this place is AWESOME! It's has a ton of touch tanks, and I'm not just talking sea stars here. There are shark, sting ray, and jelly fish touch tanks. There is an incredible shark tank with larger sharks:

like this Sandtiger Shark
There are sting rays so large... just SO FREAKING LARGE... you can't believe your eyes.

Posing penguins:

Creepy deep sea ocean creatures:

And even a cool octopus...

There are also seals, otters, tons of tanks separated by type of fish - tropical, deep sea, norther pacific, southern pacific. So there is something for everyone.

It's a great place to visit if you're on vacation - and if you order online you can get a package deal to see the aquarium and the Queen Mary, which is across the bay from the museum. There are also harbor rides. And if you live here, like I said - get a family package, which I plan on doing (hopefully) soon. Because my son is in LOVE with this place.

L.A. county is a BIG place, and that means we have TONS to see... And to be honest, I don't know where to go next? Should we visit Paramount Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains? Or the tide pools in Malibu?

What would you suggest?

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