Everything you need to know before going to the Aquarium of the Pacific in 2021

Things are slowly getting back to normal, or rather, the new normal. One of the things we missed greatly, was visiting The Aquarium of the Pacific. I was excited to learn that they were finally open and maintaining protocols for the safety of all guests and staff, their mask policy remains in place.

Their newest exhibit is called Coral Reefs: Nature’s Underwater Cities. There, you get to explore the beauty and diversity of coral reefs and their animal residents in their newly reimagined Tropical Pacific Gallery. This was one of Stacy’s favorite because of their Paint a Fish interactive exhibit!

Paint a Fish

With this new interactive exhibit in the Pacific Visions Art Gallery, digitally color a fish and send it to swim in a virtual coral reef projection.

Stacy got to be as creative as she wanted and then see her creation on the big screen projection!

Shark and Ray Touch Pool

The large touch pool in Shark Lagoon is now home to bamboo sharks, epaulette sharks, fiddler rays, and cownose rays.

Feed the Birds

Adopt an Animal

Adopt an animal & receive special benefits including an adoption certificate, event invitations, and animal updates.

Your animal adoption helps fund The Aquarium’s many education and conservation initiatives, animal rehabilitation work, and important animal breeding efforts.

Adopt a Sea Lion

For a limited time, when you adopt a sea lion you will receive a 5×7” art print created by Harpo! Additional levels of adoption include an opportunity to win Harpo’s original painting.

What you need to know before going:

– Make sure to plan your visit ahead and purchase your ticket ahead of time too! I’d suggest weeks in advance, they do well out fast! Everyone must have a timed ticket or online reservation before coming to the Aquarium.

– Bring your masks! All guests ages two and over are required to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth at all times. The Aquarium requires both vaccinated and unvaccinated guests and staff to wear a mask both indoors and outdoors.

– Numerous hand sanitizing stations are located throughout the Aquarium and near any touch area. Remember to use them after touching a surface.

– As per usual, visitors who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms such as sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, fever, or recent loss taste or smell are asked to visit another time.

– Aquarium staff will be constantly sanitizing all touched surfaces throughout the day.

– Shows, mascot appearances, and behind-the-scenes tours are temporarily suspended.

– Take a water bottle, touch less water bottle refill stations will be available.

– It is HOT this summer, wear sunblock!

– Pack a picnic or purchase from their food concession stands.

– Bring a light sweater, it gets chilly indoors!

– Wear comfortable shoes, there is tons of walking.

– If you park in the parking structure across the street, be sure to bring your ticket to get validation at your exit. It’s only for a few hours, be sure to pay before getting back into your car at the first floor of the structure.

– If you or your kids plan on touching the shark and rays, bring an extra change of clothes, sometimes they wave back and splash you completely!


LA Mami,

Julie Lopez

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