Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Young girl holding starfish by the touch tank at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Several saltwater aquariums display Southern California sea creatures, including sharks, eels, octopi and crabs as they would appear in nature. Visitors can touch live animals in the tide pool “touch tank” (photo) and learn about the marine environment from modern, interactive exhibits, daily slide presentations and special events. Various weekend walks and children’s programs are available. Suggested donation of $5 for adults and $1 for children and seniors.

The aquarium is an educational and research facility which provides rich and varied opportunities to see and learn about the fascinating marine environment of southern California. With multiple aquariums, touch tanks, and fascinating exhibits of local marine life and displays that tell the history of California’s gray whales, visitors get close-up view of our amazing underwater world. You won’t want to miss the grunion come on shore to spawn by the light of a new or full moon. Experience one of mother natures unique events as the females are washed ashore, half bury themselves in the sand tale first and wait for the next wave to bring the males to them, then they make a mad dash back to the ocean.

Hours: 12 noon to 5 pm, Wednesday through Sunday.

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
3720 Stephen M White Drive
San Pedro, CA 90731