Horses, Dragons and Vanishing Animals at the Aquarium of the Pacific
We attended as guests of the Aquarium.
The Aquarium of the Pacific recently launched two new exhibitions: Horses and Dragons and Vanishing Animals.
Horses and Dragons features approximately a dozen species of seahorses and seadragons and their relatives. These beautiful creatures are amazing to see up close and personal. The knowledgeable and friendly Aquarium staff can relay all sorts of interesting facts about these animals. One of our family’s favorites was learning that in most species of seahorses and sea dragons, the male carries the egg in a brood pouch. We thought this was such a fun fact, and as a mother of three I personally applaud these Daddies for enduring pregnancy!
Vanishing Animals is the Aquarium’s new exhibition focusing on the issue of ocean extinctions and how to prevent them. Recent research reveals that we are at a crucial point in our impact of the ocean environment; if we take action now, we can help to avoid mass extinctions and decrease changes to the ocean. Vanishing Animals explores this concept and includes several multimedia and interactive exhibits along with animals impacted by pollution, over-fishing and global warming. Some of the animals featured include: American alligators; fishes, newts, and salamanders native to local streams, corals; Atlantic cod; and cardinal tetras and discus fish.
Horses and Dragons and Vanishing Animals will be on display at the Aquarium from late May 2016 through March 2017.
Another fun addition the Aquarium has recently released is a new puppet show, Pacific Pals Live, featuring Piper the seahorse, located outside in the marine life theater.
The Aquarium of the Pacific is a great place to spend the day. Located no more than an hour from even the southern most areas of Orange County, it’s an easy day trip that kids of all ages and parents will love. Little ones can run free and seem captivated by how up close and personal they can get to the beautiful animals, even touching many of them in the touch pools. Older kids will be intrigued by all there is to learn in a hands on way.
The Aquarium is located close to the recently redone areas of downtown Long Beach and an easy walk to many restaurants and shops. There are several nice walking paths to enjoy views of the more scenic areas of the harbor.In our experience the Aquarium is less crowded later in the day, especially during weekdays in the school year as a large amount of the visitors seem to be on field trips and clear out after lunch. We’d recommend getting a late start to the day, enjoying an early lunch in the harbor, and then heading into the Aquarium for the afternoon.The Aquarium of the Pacific is located at 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802. It is open 9am–6pm every day of the year, except Christmas day and during the Grand Prix of Long Beach. General admission is $29.95 adult (12+), $26.95 senior (62+), $17.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age three and Aquarium members. To help plan your visit and for more information, visit the Aquarium of the Pacific.
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