Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Featured Event

Family Sandcastle Building Day
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 23

Relive your favorite memories and create new ones during Cabrillo Marine Aquarium's Family Sandcastle Day! This event is free and open to everyone. All you need to bring is your best sandcastle building tools, a little shovel and bucket, and your castle creativity to this fun beach event. The sand on Cabrillo Beach will be thoroughly wet down to prepare for sand construction; the rest is up to you!

All castle styles are welcome: moats, draw bridges, spires, windows, turrets; let your imagination run wild, but most importantly, have a great time at the beach with family and loved ones. Don't forget to bring your camera to capture Kodak moments and your sandcastle handiwork.

If you don't have beach building tools on hand, stop by the Gift Shop for supplies. While you're here visit the Aquarium exhibit hall, which features 37 tanks containing the largest collection of Southern California marine life in the world and a touch tank that provides up-close encounters with local marine life.


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Galloping Snails & Other Fishy Tales (Grades 1-2)  Arrow
Watch snails gallop and other fascinating seashore animal behavior through shoreline exploration and laboratory activities. Make ocean art, sea storybooks and other projects as records of your...

Member Price: $77, Non-Member Price: $85

Monday, August 01, 2016 • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Marine Sci Hi (Grades 10-12)  Arrow
Combine marine biology with art as we do laboratory and field research in our daily trips to Cabrilo Beach Coastal Park! Using the observational techniques and works of Muir, Rickets and Audubon...

Member Price: $77, Non-Member Price: $85

Monday, August 01, 2016 • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Discovery Lecture Series
presented by AltaSea and Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
The amazing underwater world of blue and humpback whales: new tags provide insights into their lives and the threats they face

By John Calambokidis, Research Biologist, Cascadia Research


Friday, August 05, 2016 • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Cabrillo Art Corner  Arrow
Have fun doing arts and crafts the first Saturday of the month. Each Cabrillo Art Corner will feature a unique ocean-themed project that jump starts your creativity, engages your senses and relaxes...

Saturday, August 06, 2016 • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM


Beach Cleanup  Arrow
On the first Saturday of each month, join CMA Educators and volunteers in a beach cleanup, clearing the shore of marine debris. Meet at the steps in front of the auditorium.

Groups are required to...

Saturday, August 06, 2016 • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Shark Week 2016  Arrow
Shark Week returns to CMA and features special shark crafts and activities each day!

Daily Activities (12noon to 4pm)

Exploration Center
Check-out amazing Shark specimens like real shark...

Sunday, August 07, 2016 • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM