Cabrillo Marine Aquarium has the largest collection of Southern California marine life on display in the word with an outdoor touching tank, a teaching laboratory, auditorium, research lab, and gift shop. Can you believe that you can see all this for free? Yes, you read correctly! I said free! Of course it operated on a suggested donations of $5 for adults and $1 for children and seniors. The price is not bad for what you get to see inside! You will get to see incredible marine life such as jellyfishes, sea horses, starfishes, and many more. They do not have large sea mammals, but they do have a whale room where they have skeletal display of all whales. They also have a shark room where they also have skeletal display of how big sharks are. This is a great place for students who are studying for marine biology. I loved this aquarium that I go once a year. It has a lot of resting areas. It may look small, but it has it large collection of marine life.
When you go to the aquarium, do not forget to attend their outdoor touching tank. Be sure to check the schedule for their touching tank since it varies by day. You can touch sea urchins, sea anemones, starfishes, etc. It is very nice and definitely worth your donation.
The aquarium is open Tuesday through Sunday, Monday closed. Tuesday to Friday from 12noon to 5 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Parking is $1 per hour ($9 max).
After visiting the aquarium, there are so much you can go see. The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is located on the shore at Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro. You may do a picnic or go in the water at the Cabrillo Beach Coastal Park.
I took my grandma to this aquarium. She cannot walk for long periods of time, but this aquarium was perfect because it had seatings where she could rest. She loved the touching tank. She enjoy our small trip to the aquarium. After our visit, we did a picnic at the park nearby and we enjoyed the beach park view. It was relaxing. A perfect date with my grandmother and my boyfriend.
Other places near Carbillo Marine Aquarium:
Port of Los Angeles, Banning Museum, Los Angeles Maritime Museum, Drum Barracks and Civil War Museum, Point Fermin Lighthouse, and Catalina Island.
*Do not forget to have cash before you head over to the aquarium! (For your donations)
Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Drive San Pedro, CA 90731