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Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Free admission

Situated on the shores of the Los Angeles Harbor, this family-friendly aquarium and research center educates visitors about the marine life of Southern California. Touch pools and viewing tanks showcase thousands of native species and diverse ecosystems, from giant kelp forests and deep Pacific waters to sandy beaches and mud flats.

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Tues-Fri 12-5pm Sat-Sun 10am-5pm
3720 Stephen M White Drive, Los Angeles, 90731

The basics

Visitors are free to explore on a self-guided aquarium tour. Most highlights are in the Susanne Lawrenz-Miller Exhibit Hall, where displays are designed around Southern California’s marine habitats. An interactive touch pool with starfish, urchins, and other tidal species is a favorite with kids. Adjacent buildings house an aquatic nursery, where marine biologists welcome visitors into their lab, and an Exploration Center with tactile displays, crawl-through tanks, and multisensory exhibits aimed at the younger set. 

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Things to know before you go

  • The aquarium is popular with nature lovers and families traveling with children.
  • Be sure to notice the building itself, designed by famed architect Frank Gehry.
  • Admission is based on a small suggested donation.
  • All exhibits are wheelchair accessible; special beach wheelchairs with thick wheels are available to use free of charge for easier access to the Cabrillo Beach Coastal Park.
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How to get there

The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is located in the Los Angeles neighborhood of San Pedro, right on Cabrillo Beach. Paid parking is available at the beach. 

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When to get there

The aquarium is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. If you’re planning to explore the tide pools at Cabrillo Beach Coastal Park after a visit, try to go during low tide to see the most marine life. Check daily tide tables on the aquarium website.

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Watch a Grunion Run

Each year between late March and early May (the exact date is determined by tidal and lunar cycles), the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium hosts the annual Grunion Fishtival. Visitors are invited to stay late and head to Cabrillo Beach with marine biologists to watch a natural grunion run—when scores of the silvery fish come ashore at high tide to lay eggs on the beach.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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