Aquarium at Night

A nighttime crowd gathers at the shark lagoon

You may have admired the beautiful sea creatures at Aquarium of the Pacific during the day time, but have you experienced the aquarium at night? The aquarium has a whole different look and feel – and when you’re seeing the fish at night, you start to feel like you’re a little closer to being right there in the ocean with them.

Moon jellies, under the moon

Happily, the aquarium has plenty of opportunities for you to check out the fish after normal hours. The “Late Nights” series offers discounted admission from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm approximately twice per week through April (and then weekly on Sunday nights beginning in June). The entire aquarium is open except for the lorikeet forest on those nights. Adults can get in for $14.95 and children for $13.95. You can view the whole late night schedule here.

A giant stingray in the shark lagoon, under the stars

On Shark Lagoon nights (Friday nights), the shark lagoon (only) is open for free from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Standing face-to-face with the sharks while you’re both in the dark is both thrilling and fascinating – or possibly creepy, depending on how you feel about sharks swimming right toward you in the dark. You can view the Shark Lagoon night schedule here.

The aquarium also offers plenty of special events with late-night festivities. Last week we had a chance to visit Noche de Estrellas, a party featuring Latin music and food. Upcoming nighttime events include Aquatic Academy courses and documentary screenings. For a full list of events and festivals – both day and night – visit the Aquarium’s events page.

Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA. (562) 590-3100. Parking is $8.

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