If you’re planning a trip to Los Angeles, there are a handful of iconic places to put on your itinerary. Locations such as the Hollywood sign, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the Griffith Observatory are world-famous and must-see destinations for any visitor.
Another one of these places is the Santa Monica Pier. Between the Ferris wheel, breathtaking scenery, and shops, the Pier is a haven for tourists who visit from around the world. If you’re looking to make your trip extra special, be sure to visit on a Sunday, where you can experience Shark Sundays at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium.
Shark Sundays, A Family-Friendly Event
Each week, the aquarium hosts visitors for this special event, held from 3:30 – 4:00 pm. Aquarium employees will talk guests through an information-filled presentation and share interesting details about the aquarium’s resident horn and swell sharks.
You’ll learn about their feeding habits as they swim around the tank with their noses out of the water and their mouths open. Since this is a regularly held event, the sharks are accustomed to being fed at this time and anticipate their meal, which guests can watch them eat. If you’re close enough to the tank, you might even get a little splash of seawater – so come prepared!
You’ll also learn why sharks are critically important to our oceans and our ecosystem, with a special focus on their habitats and related environmental issues. The aquarium is run by Heal the Bay, an environmental nonprofit that focuses on conservation and education.
Shark Sundays are a great event for the whole family. Kids will love watching the sharks cruise around the tank, and adults will walk away with interesting tidbits about these fascinating underwater creatures. In addition to the show and presentation, kids can also make a fun shark craft to take home.
Individual admission is just $5 for adults, with kids under 12 granted free entry. The aquarium is located underneath the Santa Monica Pier and its mission is to protect the living creatures who call the Santa Monica Bay home.
Other Aquarium Exhibits
While you’re at the aquarium, make sure to check out the other highlights as well, such as the touch tanks, tidal surge, sea jellyfish, and kelp forest. They have more than 100 animal species on exhibit and host daily educational programs for the public. If you’re visiting Los Angeles for a longer period of time, you can also check out their week-long children’s science camps, held in April during spring break and at various times during the summer.
If you’re visiting Los Angeles and are in need of a place to stay near the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, be sure to check out the Century Park Hotel. We are well-located in West Los Angeles, close to many of Southern California’s top tourist attractions, studios, universities, and world-class shopping.
Our hotel has family-friendly amenities, including complimentary continental breakfast and discounts on local attractions. We also have a variety of family suite accommodations, with beds and sleeper sofas spread out across multi-level floorplans.