The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California features over 12,000 animals. It is a very busy place. The exhibits meander indoors and out with the favorites being the Shark Lagoon and the Lorikeet forest. I enjoyed the Whale film projected on the walls in the main hall.
Touch tanks are popular and folks lined up for the opportunities. Animal shows and feedings were a hit too. It's fun to watch the divers hand feed in the tanks.
The aquarium is basically divided into three sections representing Northern, Southern and tropical Pacific regions. Construction is in progress to make the Aquarium even better and my visit was wonderful. Don't miss "Monsters of the Abyss" in 3D. It's creepy.