Aquarium of the Pacific Field Trip


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Come and join us on Friday, September 10th for a field trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, led by Bill & Leslie Sutton.  This should be a fun filled day with lots to see and do.  The Aquarium is open from 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. every day.  To avoid some of the morning commute traffic, we will meet at 10:00 A.M. at the fountain just outside the main entrance to the building for a group photo and some hints on how to get the best photos.  Admission to the Aquarium is $24.95 per person for adults however, if you order your tickets on line at www.aquariumofpacific.org you will get a $5 discount off of the adult admission price so the price of your ticket will be $19.95 (which is cheaper than their senior price of $21.95 for people who are 62+).  In addition to their numerous exhibits, the Aquarium has various tour packages such as a behind the scenes tour and a harbor tour available at extra cost.  For a full description of their tour packages and pricing visit their website or inquire at the front gate.

The Aquarium is located at:  100 Aquarium Way in Long Beach (Approx 94 miles from Lancaster, and about 1hr 45min driving time (up to 2 hrs 50 min in traffic)).  If you have any questions, or need additional directions, the Aquarium can be reached at (562) 590-3100.  To get to their parking facilities:

From the 710 Freeway - follow direction signs to the Aquarium.  The entrance to Aquarium parking is on the right on Shoreline just before the roller coaster bridge at Aquarium Way.  When the Aquarium lot is full, you will be directed to The Pike parking structure.  The entrance is on Chestnut and Shoreline, just across the street from the Aquarium's main lot.  Parking is $8 per vehicle with an Aquarium of the Pacific ticket stub.  V.I.P. parking is available for ordering online at the Aquarium’s website for $11 plus a 98¢ online fee.

For lunch at the Aquarium, Café Scuba serves a tasty selection of sandwiches, salads, and grilled entrees.  The Bamboo Bistro offers yummy pizza, hot dogs, cold beer, and refreshments.  The Coffee Cart in the Great Hall serves coffee, cappuccinos, sodas, and snacks and the Harbor Terrace is open seasonally for sandwiches, salads, and other items.

It is recommended that you bring lenses that range from approximately 30mm to 200mm (based upon personal preference), with lenses in the 50mm to 100mm range probably working best.  Because of the glass viewing areas, you will not be able use your flash effectively.  Also, a rubber lens hood would be useful (to get close to glass and eliminate reflections).  Know how to set a high ISO and Auto White Balance on your camera.  Don’t forget your camera manual.

NOTE: TRIPODS ARE NOT ALLOWED AT THE AQUARIUM.

 

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