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On a recent trip to California, I had the pleasure of visiting the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Now celebrating its 15th anniversary, the aquarium is chock full of fun and exciting creatures and interactive exhibits. Stop by the Loirkeet Forest (an outdoor aviary) to feed the various birds with a cup of nectar — but watch out, they’re known to land on your head. The 10,000-square-foot Shark Lagoon is really cool, too, where you can actually pet some of the sharks (including freshwater sawfish, sand tiger and zebra) and even set up a two-hour feeding experience in the tank.
On May 24, the aquarium will unveil its newest exhibit, Ocean Exploration. Here you can check out live video footage from ocean explorers and scientists, learn about famous explorers (Jacques Cousteau and Bob Ballard) and watch three films covering topics such as deep-sea animals, a history of ocean exploration and newly discovered species. For kids and adults alike, this should be a must-see for anyone traveling to Orange County.