SUMMER FAMILY FUN: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

By Jo Anne Disney
August 22, 2013 • 356 views

The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is located on the shore at Cabrillo Beach. It is between Point Fermin and the Port of Los Angeles. This small aquarium is “a non-profit public aquarium/museum dedicated to promoting knowledge and conservation of the marine life in Southern California through free and low-cost educational, recreational, and research programs.” The facility is part of the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. It is located at 3720 Stephen M. White Drive in San Pedro.

Never heard about the aquarium?  Well many school-aged children know about the aquarium because they visit it on field trips. The nice thing about Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is that because it is on a smaller scale, the volunteers and students that work there take their time to answer questions you may have and explain the exhibits.

Admission to the aquarium is free, although they suggest a donation of $5.00 for adults and $1.00 for children and seniors. The aquarium is open Tuesday though Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is closed on Mondays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Groups that would like to visit the aquarium are required to make reservations.

Also, at the aquarium you will find a gift shop that has not only marine books but mementos and marine related treasures. If it is from the sea, it’s there. And the sales from this store help the aquarium offer low cost educational programs. The gift shop is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10-:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

After the tour of the aquarium and exhibits, it’s time for visitors to enjoy the scenery. The park and beach are absolutely immaculate. You will find gulls enjoying the area that is surrounded by fine white sand. There are several tables under great shade trees setting the scene for a perfect place to have a family picnic. They even have small BBQ’s.

The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is a hidden treasure that most people aren’t aware of. Children and adults alike can learn amazing things about our oceans and about the many kinds of sea creatures living below. Don’t’ forget to check out the jellyfish and the starfish! They are amazing.

So the next time you are looking for something to do, pack a picnic lunch and visit the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. Parking at the beach is $1.00 per hour, $9.00 maximum. For more information call (310) 548-7562 or visit

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