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2020 Holiday Gift Guide

The Aquarium has many gift options for the holidays that also help the ocean and support our animal care, education, and conservation programs.

Harbor Seal lounging in green kids pool

Aquarium of the Pacific/Robin Riggs

Looking for holiday gift ideas that also help the ocean and support the Aquarium of the Pacific? The Aquarium has many unique options to choose from, and dollars spent with the Aquarium support its animal care, conservation, and education programs and help the institution grow and recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gifts Ideas to Choose From

Aquarium view from the Harbor

© Tom Bonner 2019

Buy Aquarium Tickets

Give the gift of a day at the Aquarium. Purchase admission tickets online or call (562) 590-3100.

Closeup of man in mask with sea lion

Aquarium of the Pacific/Madeline Barger

Book an Animal Encounter

Animal Encounters are an unforgettable way to experience and interact with marine life one-on-one. Sit next to a penguin as it waddles around outside of the June Keyes Penguin Habitat during a Penguin Encounter. During the Shark and Ray Encounter, participants will help provide the bamboo sharks with their morning meal, then step into one of the touch pools in Shark Lagoon to interact with the rays. Book a Seal and Sea Lion Encounter to meet one of these impressive animals inside the habitat.

Make reservations online or call the Aquarium at (562) 590-3100 .

Cameo screen capture of sea lion.

Send a Cameo

Send a personalized holiday greeting from an Aquarium animal or Santa Diver using Cameo. Choose from the penguins, sea otters, seals and sea lions, and Santa Diver to send a custom greeting to a loved one.

Get all the Cameo details.

betty the sea otter close-up

Adopt an Animal

You can show how much you care about your loved ones and marine life by adopting an animal. Your gift will include an adoption certificate, animal updates, and more. That’s not all, Adopt an Animal proceeds fund the Aquarium’s conservation initiatives and animal rehabilitation work so that you can ensure a better world for your favorite animals. Be sure to complete your adoption by December 15 to ensure delivery by December 25.

Mother and daughter in tunnel looking at penguin

Aquarium of the Pacific/Andrew Reitsma

Give the Gift of Membership

A gift of membership to the Aquarium of the Pacific provides twelve months of unlimited free admission so you can visit your favorite animals as often as you wish. Members also receive exclusive benefits, valuable discounts, and more. Plus, membership helps support top-notch care for the Aquarium’s animals and supports our important educational and conservation programs.

Pacific Collections Gift Store product displays

Aquarium of the Pacific/Andrew Reitsma

Shop the Pacific Collections Gift Store

The Aquarium’s Pacific Collections gift store has something for everyone on your list, with a wide selection of gifts, books, souvenirs, and artwork. Along with plush animals, apparel, and decorative items that represent the Aquarium’s animals and exhibits, Pacific Collections also stocks jewelry, housewares, and toys that celebrate the ocean and marine life. Earth-friendly items in the gift shop include toys and artwork made with recycled materials and reusable beverage containers, straws, and utensils.

Pacific Collections is currently open and accessible from the outdoor Harbor Terrace. A variety of gifts are also available for purchase at Pacific Treasures in Shark Lagoon. Items can also be ordered by phone by calling (562) 951-1732.

Check out a selection of items currently in stock.

Lionfish outstretched

Robin Riggs/Aquarium of the Pacific

Make a Donation in Tribute to a Friend or Family Member

Your contribution is a special way to celebrate the accomplishments in the life of a friend or loved one by honoring a milestone such as a birthday, anniversary, wedding, or graduation or simply to thank someone while supporting your Aquarium.

penguin looking into burrow

Support the Aquarium While You Shop

As you complete your holiday shopping on Amazon, consider supporting the Aquarium by shopping on AmazonSmile and selecting the Aquarium of the Pacific as your charity of choice. At no extra cost to you, Amazon will donate a small portion of your purchase to our non-profit organization.

For set-up instructions, visit the Aquarium’s AmazonSmile page.

gatz the penguin looking at camera

Robin Riggs

Take Your Family Holiday Photo with a Penguin

On Tuesday, December 1, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., families can come to the Aquarium to take their holiday photo with a penguin. The Aquarium will set up a photo spot outdoors with holiday décor and one of our penguins in the mobile penguin cart. Reservations will be made in five-minute increments, allowing each family to pose and take a photo using their own camera or phone with a tripod provided. All participants age two and older must wear a mask or face covering. Does not include admission. All exhibits and galleries will be closed. The cost is $25 per family. To reserve your time slot call (562) 590-3100.

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