The Aquarium of the Pacific is the fourth most-attended aquarium in the nation and just a quick day trip from Huntington Beach. It displays about 12,000 animals and more than 100 exhibits that celebrate the planet's largest and most diverse body of water, the Pacific Ocean. Its galleries represent the frigid waters of the Northern Pacific, the temperate Southern California/Baja region, and the warm coral reefs and lagoons of the Tropical Pacific.
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.
In 2019 the Aquarium opened its first major expansion since its founding, the new Pacific Visions wing. Pacific Visions is a 29,000-square-foot, two-story, sustainable structure. This new building houses a state-of-the-art immersive theater, an art gallery, and a culmination gallery with interactives, game tables, and live animal exhibits. Through Pacific Visions, visitors can explore the most pressing environmental issues of our time and alternative pathways to designing a more sustainable future.
The centerpiece of Pacific Visions, the Honda Pacific Visions Theater, features an 8 minute film with multisensory effects to enhance the show, including seat rumblers, wind, fog, and scents. The massive 180-degree curved screen and floor projection disc encompass the viewers’ full range of vision, creating a uniquely immersive experience. The theater experience is included in admission and no reservations are necessary.
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A note from Aquarium of the Pacific (7/27/2020): The Aquarium is continuing to feature outdoor areas only. We will keep you updated when our indoor areas will reopen. Please update your listings accordingly. Our outdoor areas include the Harbor Terrace, Shark Lagoon, Lorikeet Forest, Our Water Future, Steelhead Story, Molina Animal Care Center, June Keyes Penguin Habitat, Ray Habitat, Shorebird Sanctuary, and Seals and Sea Lions Habitat. The Moon Jelly, Shark Lagoon, and Ray Touch areas will also be open for touching. The gift store and some food service will be available as well. For those that have purchased discounted tickets and have a reservation to visit, you will be able to enjoy our outdoor areas at your reserved date and time and will receive an additional ticket to return at a later time within the next year when you arrive at the Aquarium. Any tickets purchased are valid for a year from purchase date. You can choose to visit when the indoor areas open and make a new visit time and date via this link: pacific.to/reserve. We thank you very much for your understanding during this unprecedented time. The Aquarium is a non-profit institution, and we look forward to being fully open again soon so we can continue to instill a sense of wonder and discovery for the Pacific Ocean and its inhabitants.