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    Re: Aquarium of the Pacific Trip 3-10 - Fish, Jellies and Spider

    Awesome photos, I haven't been there in a year or two but I like it. My only disappointment was the shark tank, do they still have it? They only had like 3 sharks in it lol.

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    Re: Aquarium of the Pacific Trip 3-10 - Fish, Jellies and Spider

    Quote Originally Posted by claribella View Post
    Overall, I give the Aquarium an ok rating. It was $17 to get in and my boy was free (3 is the cut off age).
    For perhaps next time...just a few miles away across the Vincent Thomas Bridge that takes you from Long Beach to the seaside and port town of San Pedro...is a little local hidden gem: The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

    It's smaller than the AOP in Long Beach, but I think that's what makes it great. It's much more up-close and personal. They actually have just about everything AOP has to view and learn about...just on a smaller scale.

    Where they really shine is their Ocean Outreach and Exploration and Discovery Center which is really nice and perfect for kids to learn more after they've visited the main aquarium. All sorts of interactive displays and hands-on lab stuff. And they can watch and talk to the technicians. There's also a great library. It's quite an operation.

    Best part is the price. FREE. Although they do ask for a donation of $5 adults/$1 children to be dropped in the slot. But there is no requirement that you do so. Parking is free non-summer weekdays. Weekends it's only a $1.00 an hour (max $7.00)

    They put on great special events too, like during grunion runs and such...usually always free.

    From the aquarium, you can walk right over to a specially marked path and visit the tide pools along the shore beneath the cliffs of Point Fermin. Very nice and also free. There's a nice beach park with facilities, fire pits, pier, and park if you want to make a day of it.

    FYI...the shot near the end of Disney's Soarin Over California of you dropping down right over a beach and out into the ocean, with the cliffs on the right and all the surfers in the water...that's this very spot! Cabrillo Beach.

    It really is a great little hidden treasure here in Los Angeles, that a lot of Angelenos don't even realize is there and so close.

    Also, just a short drive up the hill from that you've got the Point Fermin Lighthouse Park, which is also very nice, and the Korean Friendship Bell overlook, and the Fort MacArthur Museum and old WWII underground gun batteries. Lot's of fun "field trip" stuff to do in the area, without hardly touching your wallet.

    Last edited by Opus1guy; 03-12-2007 at 03:27 PM.

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    Re: Aquarium of the Pacific Trip 3-10 - Fish, Jellies and Spider

    wow thanks Opus...I'll remember that!

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    Re: Aquarium of the Pacific Trip 3-10 - Fish, Jellies and Spider

    thanks for the pics, i always love the jelly fishy's

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    Re: Aquarium of the Pacific Trip 3-10 - Fish, Jellies and Spider

    Quote Originally Posted by ksejr1 View Post
    thanks for the pics, i always love the jelly fishy's
    First...girl I MISS YOU!

    Second, thanks..next time you come with me!

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    Re: Aquarium of the Pacific Trip 3-10 - Fish, Jellies and Spider

    Great pictures Clara!!! I'll have to take the kids there someday soon!

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    Re: Aquarium of the Pacific Trip 3-10 - Fish, Jellies and Spider

    Nice pics! I love going to aquariums and looking at the sea life. Thanks for sharing

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    Re: Aquarium of the Pacific Trip 3-10 - Fish, Jellies and Spider

    Quote Originally Posted by CrystalCastle View Post
    Great pictures Clara!!! I'll have to take the kids there someday soon!
    Oh the kids would love it. My kid was just wide eyed the whole time!

    Quote Originally Posted by Band_of_Gypsies View Post
    Nice pics! I love going to aquariums and looking at the sea life. Thanks for sharing
    Yeah for aquatic life!

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