Aquarium of the Pacific Hosts New Urban Ocean Festival

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In Southern California, more than 20 million people live within 50 miles of the Pacific Ocean. The Aquarium of the Pacific will explore and celebrate Southern California’s Urban Ocean with a new weekend festival that looks at human and wildlife uses of this amazing part of the world ocean. The event will include an art contest and exhibit, mural painting, poetry readings, music, food, and educational activities. There will also be a Poetry and Photography Boat Cruise on Saturday, September 11, 2010, and the Urban Ocean Boat Cruise on Sunday, September 12, 2010, for an additional cost. Each cruise will last approximately two to two and a half hours and will depart from dock #2, which is next to the Aquarium.

The Urban Ocean Festival is Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 11 & 12, 2010, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802.

  • Saturday, Sept. 11, 4 p.m. Poetry & Photography Boat Cruise
  • Sunday, Sept. 12, 1 p.m. Urban Ocean Boat Cruise

Cost: Festival included with general Aquarium admission.

General admission is $24.95 for adults (12+), $21.95 for seniors (62+), $12.95 for children (3-11), and free for children under 3 and Aquarium members. Festival food sold separately.

Weekend Boat Cruise and Aquarium/festival admission: $39.95 adult (12+) and $15 child.

For additional information or to purchase tickets call 562-590-3100 or visit the Aquarium of the Pacific website.

Board a double-deck yacht and explore one of the most distinctive sections of our coastline and experience the wonders of the Southern California Urban Ocean. In this place of high intensity, massive ships from around the world slip past whales on their way to the nation’s two biggest ports. Here windsurfers and sailboats glide by sea lions and offshore oil islands. Guided by commentary from an informed Aquarium educator and an experienced boat captain, you will see plump seals lounging along the breakwater, pelicans and gulls pursuing commercial fishing boats looking for a snack, and sea lions competing with one another by the docks for the catch of the day. Learn what makes the Southern California Urban Ocean one of the most amazing segments of the entire World Ocean, a focal point of intense interaction between humans and the sea that can be experienced nowhere else. The Poetry and Photography edition of this cruise will feature poems to this theme and enhanced opportunities for photographers to take photos of these vistas.

The Aquarium of the Pacific, a nonprofit institution, is dedicated to instilling a sense of wonder, respect, and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants, and ecosystems. Home to more than 11,000 animals, the Aquarium features the new Molina Animal Care Center with bilingual interactive exhibits, the BP Sea Otter Habitat, the Lorikeet Forest aviary, and Shark Lagoon. The Aquarium is open daily from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. A world of discovery awaits.

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