Is it possible to bring everything that lives in the Pacific Ocean into a colossal aquarium to allow everyone to experience marine life up close and personal? The answer is no, but no other attraction in the world gives you a better understanding of what thrives under the surface of the Pacific Ocean than the Aquarium of the Pacific.
About Aquarium of the Pacific
Located on Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach, California, Aquarium of the Pacific is a public access attraction that sits on five acres. More than 1.5 visitors per year witness marine life at a facility staffing 900 people, of which 650 are volunteers. As an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Aquarium of the Pacific is part of a tourist destination that includes Shoreline Village and the Long Beach Convention Center. Large breaking waves of the Pacific Ocean inspired the architects who designed the facility. World-renowned Kajima International developed Aquarium of the Pacific in collaboration with the Los Angeles office of Hellmuth, Obata, & Kassanbaum.
The extensive educational tools presented by Aquarium of the Pacific include breeding and conservation programs established for protecting endangered marine animals and the ecosystems sustaining marine life. Private donations and publicly funded campaigns allow the aquarium to provide shelter for seals, sea lions, and sea otters. Visitors learn about beach and habitat cleanups, which form the foundation for the implementation of a wide variety of eco-friendly initiatives. Aquarium of the Pacific teaches visitors about the ecosystem damaging threats of water pollution, over-harvesting of diminishing marine species, and habitat destruction caused by commercial exploitation of ocean resources.
Events and Exhibits
We encourage guests of Holiday Inn Burbank to access the Aquarium of the Pacific website to learn about the cultural events scheduled throughout the year. Enjoy the Festival of Human Abilities in January, the African Heritage Festival in February, the Pacific Islander Festival during summer, and the Moompetam Festival during autumn.
The facility presents a collection of more than 11,000 animals covering about 500 different species that live in the Pacific Ocean. Exhibits range in capacity from 5,000 to 350,000 gallons of the saltwater brought into the facility from the Pacific Ocean. Visitors not only get the rare opportunity to see the inhabitants of the Pacific Ocean, but also the seascapes the inhabitants call home. Three permanent galleries highlight the exhibits at Aquarium of the Pacific: sunny Baja and Southern California, ice cold Northern Pacific waters, and beautiful reefs from the tropical South Pacific.
Baja and Southern California Exhibit
The Baja and Southern California exhibit features the dominant species that roam the region adjacent to greater Los Angeles all the way down to the tip of the Baja Peninsula. When you walk into the Baja and Southern California Gallery, you see the massive 142,000-gallon Blue Cavern exhibit, which is home to marine life living near the coast of Catalina Island. The Amber Forest exhibit recreates the kelp forest, which species such as scorpion fish call home. Make sure to put the wildly popular Seal and Sea lion habitat exhibit on your must-see list, as well as Shorebird Sanctuary and Ray Touch Pool.
Located at 100 Aquarium Way in Long Beach, CA, Aquarium of the Pacific opens at 6am and closes at 6pm every day of the year, except on state and federal holidays. General admission runs $29.95 for adults and $17.95 for children between the ages of 3 and 11. Holiday Inn Burbank guests reach Aquarium of the Pacific by taking Interstate 5 south until it meets Interstate 710, which continues directly south into the heart of Long Beach, California.