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Aquarium of the Pacific: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Admission

1. Aquarium of the Pacific: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Admission

Take a journey of discovery at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Discover sunny Southern California and Baja, the frigid waters of the Northern Pacific, and the colorful reefs of the Tropical Pacific. Come face-to-face with the ocean’s ultimate predators in Shark Lagoon, hand-feed colorful lorikeet birds, and watch the Magellanic penguins. Discover Pacific Visions where you explore underwater realms and future possibilities. The centerpiece, Honda Pacific Visions Theater, features an 8-minute film with multisensory effects. The massive 180-degree curved screen and floor projection disc encompass the viewers’ full range of vision, creating a uniquely immersive experience. The theater experience is included in admission.

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Newport Beach: 2-Hour Whale Watching Tour

2. Newport Beach: 2-Hour Whale Watching Tour

On these year-round cruises off Newport Beach, many whale varieties are regularly seen including the giant blue whale (summer and fall), finback whale, grey whale (winter and spring), minke whale, and humpback whale. Several types of dolphin, seals, and all sorts of other marine life are typically spotted on the excursions as well. The cruises depart from Newport Harbor, located in the heart of Orange County, which is just a short drive from both Los Angeles and San Diego. Each cruise is a unique experience as you may never know what you might encounter. A recent cruise encountered a pod of more than 30 killer whales, including adults and their young, making for a whale watching adventure of a lifetime. The cruises enjoy a 96 percent success rate viewing whales and/or dolphin.

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Los Angeles: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 40+ Attractions

3. Los Angeles: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 40+ Attractions

The Los Angeles All-Inclusive Pass is the only multi-attraction pass that gets you into over 40 top attractions in the city for one low price. Save up to 45% off retail prices on admission and pay nothing at the gate. In addition, when you buy a 3-, 5- or 7-day pass, you also get a ticket to Universal Studios Hollywood. Visit The Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, Aquarium of the Pacific, Dolby Theatre, Madame Tussauds Hollywood, and many more of the best things to do in L.A., Hollywood, and beyond. There’s no need to decide in advance what you want to see, and you can take up to 2 weeks from when you first use the pass to use the remaining days on your pass. The free digital guide helps you decide what to do, where to go, how to get there, and even includes the best times to visit. The 3-, 5-, and 7-day All-Inclusive passes also include free admission to Universal Studios Hollywood as an added bonus. Activities, attractions, and tours included with the Los Angeles All-Inclusive Pass: Theme Parks: • Universal Studios Hollywood Ticket (3+ day passes only) • Knott's Berry Farm • Six Flags Magic Mountain • LEGOLAND California (choice between San Diego Zoo or LEGOLAND) Outdoors: • Pacific Park - Santa Monica Pier • Whale Watching in San Pedro or Long Beach • Catalina Flyer (Ferry to Catalina Island) • Harbor Breeze Whale Watching Tour - Long Beach • Perry's Beach Cafe and Rentals - Mountain Bike or Roller-Skates (All Day) • Hollywood Hike by Bikes & Hikes (10:30 AM only) • Celebrity Bike Tour by Bikes & Hikes LA (choice between self-guided or guided tour) • Whale Watching & Dolphin Cruises - Newport Landing• Harbor Cruise in Long Beach or San Pedro Guided Tours: • Big Bus Los Angeles 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off Tour • Big Bus Celebrity Lifestyle and Homes Tour • Dolby Theater Guided Tour • Sony Pictures Studio Tour • Starline Tours: Malibu Celebrity Homes Tour • Food, Arts, Culture DTLA Walking Tour • Hollywood Behind-the-Scenes Tour by Red Line Tours Family-Friendly: • Madame Tussauds Hollywood • Aquarium of the Pacific • TCL Chinese Theater - Tour or Movie and a drink (choice between TCL Chinese Theater or Hollywood Museum) • Santa Monica Pier Aquarium • LA Zoo and Botanical Gardens • California Science Center IMAX Movie • San Diego Zoo (choice between San Diego Zoo or LEGOLAND) • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles • K1 Speed Indoor Karting Museums and Entertainment: • Hollywood Museum (choice between TCL Chinese Theater or Hollywood Museum) • GRAMMY Museum • Battleship IOWA Museum • La Brea Tar Pits and Museum • Autry Museum of the American West • Museum of Latin American Art • Cabrillo Maritime Museum • Huntington Library and Gardens • Los Angeles, A Journey Through Time in Film • South Coast Shop & Dine Package • Shanti Hot Yoga • LA Galaxy Soccer Game Ticket

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Los Angeles: Aquarium of the Pacific Annual Membership

4. Los Angeles: Aquarium of the Pacific Annual Membership

Discover the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach and enjoy the advantages of an Annual Membership Card. The cards are available in the following formats: Family Membership: all member benefits for up to two named cardholders, plus all children (17 years or younger) living in the same householdDual Membership: all member benefits for two named cardholders living in the same household The Annual Membership card will allow you to explore the 500 exhibits inside the aquarium exhibitions at your own pace and admire 12,000 animals representing the major regions of the Pacific Ocean. Marvel at the beauty and diversity of coral reefs and their animal residents, reefs in Pacific Visions through a new show in the Honda Pacific Visions Theater, and an interactive exhibit in the art gallery. Come face-to-face with the ocean’s ultimate predators in Shark Lagoon, hand-feed colorful lorikeet birds, and watch the Magellanic penguins. Discover Pacific Visions, where you explore underwater realms and future possibilities.

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What people are saying about Newport Beach

You never know if you will see a whale or not, and we didn’t, but we came across a “mega pod” of over 1,000 dolphins, which was totally awesome. They were riding our bow wave, sometime as many as 8 or 10 at a time, as we stood literally four feet above them looking down over the bow. And they were jumping out of the water all around us. It was the coolest thing we saw while we were in California.

It is amazing. For those who book online, remember to check in at the store to get a paper ticket as that's required to get onboard.

everythings was ok. Host was kind and very knowleadgable.May be drinks are litle bit too expensive. Beside everything was fine.

Easy to use. A lot of options and no issues when using app.

Excellent no need to wait for my ticket without line