Manhattan Beach - Roundhouse Aquarium
Roundhouse Aqaurium Location - The Roundhouse Aquarium is located at the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier. It is open to the public free of charge with a suggested donation of $2 per person or $5 per family. The aquarium is open Monday-Friday 3pm-sunset and Saturday and Sunday 10am-sunset. There is also a cafe in front to get a drink or bite to eat.
They offer a free Sea Story Time every Sunday at 11:30am where books are read about different animals and marine topics and includes making a cool craft. They also will schedule Birthday Sea Parties for kids ages 3 and up. They have 2 themes to select from for the party: Dolphin theme or Shark theme. There is also a program called Sleep with the Sharks where you can sign up for and pay to spend the Friday night with the Roundhouse sharks and learn about their behavior, anatomy, eating habits, and more.
The Aquarium entrance is on the south side of the structure at the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier. There are tanks with rays, fish, and even a Moray Eel. They have many exhibits to educate the public about the animals and their behaviors, eating habits, and more. There is an upstairs area in the aquarium with reading material, more fish tanks, additional exhibits, and tables and chairs for some of the younger aquarium visitors. The tank with the rays used to be a touch tank, but now it is a viewing tank with a sign warning visitors not to touch the fish to keep them from getting sick.
The Roundhouse Aqarium also offers Summer Camp and classes for kids to educate them about the marine life in the aquarium, ocean pollution and its effects, beach exploration, and an opportunity to interact with the animals. The programs include field trips about Marine Science and Environmental Education and Tidepool Studies. The programs are great for scouts or schools. The programs do require a fee or may be covered by a grant, if you are a school that qualifies for one.
The Roundhouse Aquarium is a great educational resource about the Southern California Beaches and their ecology and marine life.