“ Long Beach, Los Angeles. „
This is a really fascinating insight into the sealife that can be found on the west coast of the USA. You probably never realised it was so diverse!
The aquarium is very good value for money and a really enjoyable half day out, which is great if you have smaller children as it's not too much for them to take in or walk around.
The Aquarium is in Long Beach, Los angeles and is fairly easy to get to, problems arose for us though as there was a lot of construction work going on around the area.
Like any other aquarium, it is what you make of it. It is fairly large (about three times the size of Blue Planet aquarium in Ellesmere port for people that know that). There is a huge selection of aquatic life ranging from starfish to beluga whales (the little white ones). The layout is the normal snaking route round all the tanks, the lighting is very good and catches most of the fish in the lighting conditions they would be found in the wild. There is a wealth of information on every conceivable aspect of these creatures lives, but sometimes you can suffer from a bit of information overload, and then have to head for the cafe........
What can I say about the cafe?....dissapointing would be a good start. People say that British food is bland, but I would honestly prefer to eat British rail sandwiches than eat in there again, I do not really think I need to elaborate.....
The real highlight for me were the atlantic seals, they really brought out the kid in me and are extremely intelligent. They have a large pool, with viewing windows under the water line. I was at one of the viewing window when one of these playful creatures came to see me. I put my finger on the window and moved it in a large circle. The seal kept it's nose against the window and followed my finger, turning over in the water as it did so. This absolutely enthralled the kids around, and also their parents!
The staff are really knowledgable, helpful and approchable. There are hands on demonstrations in feely tanks and you can watch the sealions being fed.
Parking is more than adequate and easily accessiable for the aquarium.
The gift shop also carries a great range of items from silly to educational.
We went just as the school terms had started after summer thinking that this would mean that there would not be so many people there....we were wrong, apparently school trips start very early on in the term in LA, so we were swamped. This wasn't really a problem as it is always good seeing kids taking an interest in their surroundings.
All in all, it was a fun day out, and I thoroughly enjoyed it (especially if you like seals!)