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Yes, The Penguins Are Worth The Schlep

Checking out the Aquarium’s newest exhibit

We don’t undrestand people who don’t like penguins. That said, there are only thirteen of the lovable birds on display at the new June Keyes Penguin Habitat exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific—and Long Beach isn’t exactly a stone’s throw. Still, we think  the $1.5 million exhibit is worth the schlep, and here’s why: the permanent exhibit, which opened this past Thursday, houses four rescued Magellanic penguins (and nine relocated ones) in a sweet 3,000 square-foot habitat with plenty of room for them to swim, sunbathe, and snuggle in seemingly natural fashion. There’s a faux beach, a nesting area, and a giant swimming pool—plus interactive educational elements, an IMAX-ish show, and plenty of penguin paraphernalia to bring home. But the best part is definitely the crawl-in space, where kids get the feeling the birds are swimming around them. Super freaking cool.  

Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach
562.590.3100; aquariumofpacific.org
Tickets: $24.95 for adults, $13.95 kids, $21.95 grandparents
Hours: 9am-6pm, daily