This hidden gem is a fantastic experience for young children when you want to do something just a little different, with numerous aquariums, an exploration center, several main exhibits and a tidepool touch tank. There is much more to do and see than just looking at fish, as kids will be entertained by a crawl-in aquarium, a discovery center when they can create artwork, and interactive exhibits that help them learn about different habitats.
The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is very much a learning environment, offering classes and programs for individuals, families, schools and other community groups that include whale watching and outdoor learning workshops right on the beach. There are also many tours available year-round led by the knowledgeable staff that are great for students of all ages.
The aquarium has a rich history since it first opened in 1935, and with a suggested donation of $5 for adults and $1 for children, it’s a great way to spend an afternoon. The hours are Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekends.
Check out the aquarium’s Facebook page for plenty of photos as well as updates on events, classes and programs, or the numerous reviews on Yelp, where it has earned 4.5 (out of five) stars.
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
3720 Stephen M. White Drive
San Pedro, CA 90731