Penguins, Jellys and Sharks at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Disclosure: I was provided tickets for me and my family to attend the Aquarium of the Pacific to help facilitate this review. We had a fun time and of course, all opinions are my own. 

There is so much fun stuff to do in Southern California and The Aquarium of the Pacific is definitely one of the coolest places to check out. We visited recently for the first time since my girls were just babies and we had a great time. When you plan on visiting an Aquarium, I'm sure you think about seeing awesome rare fish and sea life, but the Aquarium of the Pacific offers so much more than that. Where else can you learn about California's water conservation efforts, fish that live in the deepest of oceans, how whale blubber feels
They have a few friends out near the cafe that come out for pictures at different times throughout the day. This is Mr. Whale and he is pretty cute! 
One of the most awesome features that the Aquarium of the Pacific offers is Shark Lagoon. The Shark Lagoon features more than 150 different sharks. Some of which you can touch and some you can't, but either way you are really up close to a variety of species. You can touch some of the smaller sharks and then walk over to an area to view some of the bigger sharks. It's pretty amazing! 
You know how some kids are hesitant or scared to touch unfamiliar things? Well, Lexie is not that kid. Look at that face! She is so ready to jump in and touch those Sharks and Rays. 
When else in your life can you say you touched these amazing creatures of the sea? Well, Lacey did hold a shark that one time I ran away from home and left my husband in charge, but that was a whole different story. Anyway, we are all about making memories, and the girls are still talking about touching sharks at the aquarium. 
This may not be the best picture, but I love it! The Seals and Sea Lions are by far my favorite and they are so playful and so much fun to watch. The Aquarium of the Pacific offers two ways to watch them, from up above and down below. When watching from up above you can see them climb up on the rocks and swim above the water and from the view down below, you can watch them swim, twirl under water and dive deep. These amazing creatures have so much character, I could watch them all day long! 
I just want to jump in and swim with them! I think that should be a new attraction, I bet it's therapeutic. 
Jellyfish are usually kinda terrifying, nobody wants to be stung. But at the Aquarium of the Pacific you can touch them! They are actually kinda cute up close, and they feel like, well, Jelly! I did have to remind my little one to only use two fingers, and not to touch their under bellies, but other than that, this is really cool! All of their hands-on exhibits are probably the best part for kids (and husbands). My kids and husband were pretty equally excited about getting to touch fun stuff. 
The new June Keyes Penguin Habitat allows visitors to get an up-close view of more than a dozen Magellanic Penguins. How amazing is that? Penguins in Southern California!
There are some things we missed this time, that we hope to check out the next time we visit, like the Lorikeet forest and maybe one of their 4D films. I really wanted to feed the Lorikeets and get amazing pictures, but my girls were not cooperating at the time.

We had such a great time visiting the Aquarium of the Pacific. There is so much to do and see, before you visit, you should check out their calendar of events, and make sure to check their site for great deals, they offer a great deal on a ticket combo for the Los Angeles Zoo and the Aquarium of the Pacific. You can also find combos with whale watching and harbor cruises.

Thanks for reading! 
Have you been to the Aquarium of the Pacific? What was your favorite exhibit?