The Aquarium of the Pacific

Goldstar seems to have deals for the Aquarium of the Pacific pretty regularly so Rona, Harold, and I took advantage of the discounted weekday admission to visit on my birthday. Including processing, the price for one adult comes out to around $17, which is still close to $9 cheaper than if we bought our entry directly at the aquarium. Anyway, it’s been a long time since I’ve been to the Aquarium of the Pacific so I was kind of excited to go again. It really is a well-designed and well-maintained place and there are so many different kinds of animals and plants to look at!

Just as the name of the aquarium implies, the Aquarium of the Pacific showcases the various marine wildlife that is found along different habitats in the Pacific Ocean, including the tropical and near-Arctic regions. Besides the exhibits that focus on region, there are also those like the Shark Lagoon, Lorikeet Forest, and June Keyes Penguin Habitat that specifically look at certain types of animals. The Shark Lagoon is great because it has a touch pool with a few small sharks and a couple rays that you can touch. You can also interact with the lorikeets at the Lorikeet Forest, but they get all feisty if you don’t have nectar to give them.

That is one of the cool things about the aquarium though. It’s not just all fish. You can also find birds that live around the coast, Magellanic penguins, sea lions, sea otters, and sea turtles during your trip. There was even a section featuring poison dart frogs. But even if it was only limited to animals and plants that live in the water, there would still be a lot to see because the Pacific is just full of diversity, from its rock fish, weedy sea dragons, and giant sea crabs to its hydrocoral, clownfish, and moon jellies, the latter of which is actually one of my favorite things to photograph.

The Aquarium of the Pacific is open almost all year round from 9 AM to 6 PM and they also have a lot of different events that go on even into the evenings. Check out the website at www.aquariumofthepacific.com for more information!

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