Aquarium100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA(562) 590-3100
Adam Field reviewed 5 months ago
- We live pretty near the aquarium, and I kept saying I needed to actually check it out sometime. Finally did, last weekend. I wasn't expecting that much - I'd heard it was pretty small, and I grew up visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which is quite famous, not to mention huge. So my expectations were pretty low. I will say: it definitely exceeded my expectations. Yes, it is definitely not nearly as large as the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and yes, it was just as overrun with kids on Saturday afternoon as I'd heard it might be, but I still had a lot of fun. Their touching tanks beats the pants off the touch tanks I grew up with, you got a much better view of the mammals, and to be honest, it wasn't *that* small - they fit a lot of tanks into the available space. Just makes me sad that tourists go to the aquarium and see all the crappy chain restaurants around it, and must get the impression that downtown Long Beach is nothing but crappy chain restaurants. I feel like camping outside the aquarium with a sign saying "Tourists! Do you want food that's actually interesting? Walk a couple blocks up Pine to the North!"