- $30 for a one-year family membership (a $60 value)
- Free aquarium admission
- Free aquarium parking for up to 12 visits
- Free subscription to the Tidelines newsletter and calendar invitations to members-only events
- 20% discount at the CMA gift shop
- Discounts on all aquarium workshops, excursions, education programs, and more
- Free use of Virginia Reid Moore Marine Research Library with Wi-Fi access
- Free or discounted entry to more than 150 participating AZA-approved zoos, museums, and aquariums
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
A giant forest stretches across most of California—but its impossible to hike there. Submerged just off of the state's rocky coast, large kelp forests make a home to diverse animal and plant life. Moray eels, leopard sharks, and giant sea bass all swim beneath the water, while sea otters splash at the surface. That's just one of the habitats on display inside the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.
The 21,000-square-foot aquarium showcases Southern California's rich marine life, making it the largest aquarium of its kind in the world. The Susanne Lawrenz-Miller Exhibit Hall charts a journey through different regions, from the open ocean, to the mudflats, to the sandy shores. Other areas present a more immersive experience. The tide pool lets visitors touch a starfish, while the exploration center gives them a worm's-eye view of organisms that live in the mud. The aquarium is also situated right next to Cabrillo Beach, where guests can see animals in their natural habitat.
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium wants to keep all of these creatures around for the long term. Case and point: the aquarium houses a research library and an aquatic nursery, where the team raises young sea animals and trains young scientists.