Tuesday’s Tip: The best free aquarium around: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium


Did you know that we have an aquarium in San Pedro that is not only a pretty fun and informative place to visit, but also FREE? I’ve written before about our visit to the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and how much fun we had as a family. It is such a great place that I really wanted to feature it again today, especially since I think it would be the perfect place to visit for Spring Break.

The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is a smaller aquarium that is adjacent to Cabrillo Beach Coastal Park and the Port of Los Angeles. It is a truly hidden gem. We visited last year on the 4th of July weekend and pretty much had the place to ourselves.

The aquarium is home to three main exhibit area, a nursery (that was a huge hit with the kiddos), a play and craft area for the kiddos and a new animal care center. Some exhibits are interactive and the kiddos(and adults) will learn about our local marine life and what we can do to protect our local sealife.

We had a great time on our last visit and only spent $7 for an afternoon of fun and learning. .Admission to the aquarium is FREE but donations are suggested. The suggested donation is $5 for adults and $1 for children or seniors. We had an incredible couple of hours for only a little more than $5. Parking is a $1 an hour – make sure to take cash with you.

To read about our review head here.

For their official website head here.

What: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Where:3720 Stephen M White Drive
San Pedro , CA 90731

The Cabrillo Aquarium is open Tue- Sun. The hours of operation are 12-5 Tue- Fri and 10am to 5pm on the weekends.


One comment

  1. Jean says:

    I totally agree. We had fun at the aquarium, including the touch tank, and then had fun on the beach and the beach’s playgroung. We’ll be back again and again.

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