Aquarium of the Pacific to reopen this weekend

After a roughly 3-month closure due to coronavirus, the Aquarium of the Pacific will reopen this weekend, with member previews on Friday and Saturday before opening to the public on Sunday at 9 a.m.

To address safety concerns during the coronavirus pandemic, the Aquarium is limiting the number of visitors and will require advance timed reservations that you can make on its website.

Additionally, visitors over age 2 are required to wear face coverings, and staff will give temperature checks to everyone. Group sizes are limited to 6 people. Additional safety protocols, as well as the temporary closures of some aquarium attractions, can be found here.

The aquarium’s reopening will include the debut of a new exhibition, “Coral Reefs: Nature’s Underwater Cities,” which features new animals and exhibits where visitors can learn more about the importance of coral reefs and how to protect them.

A green sea turtle, flashlight fish that glow and clownfish are among the more than a dozen new animal species that are highlighted.

Member preview days are from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. The public hours on Sunday are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

General admission is $34.95 for people 12 and over; $29.95 for seniors 65 and over; $24.95 for children; and free for children under age 3 and Aquarium members.

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Tim Grobaty is a columnist and opinions editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his newspaper career at the Press-Telegram in 1976 as a copy boy and moved on to feature writer, music critic, TV critic, copy editor and daily columnist. He’s the author of several books, including I’m Dyin’ Here, and he lives in Long Beach.