Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Featured Event

Family Sandcastle Building Day
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Relive your favorite memories and create new ones during Cabrillo Marine Aquarium's Family Sandcastle Day on Saturday, July 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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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Native Garden Workday / Beach Cleanup  Arrow
Join CMA Educators and volunteers in maintaining the Cabrillo Native Garden and learn more about its plant and animal inhabitants. Also, join other volunteers in a beach cleanup clearing the shore of...

Sunday, July 05, 2015 • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Crab Shells & Native Tales (Grades 3-4)  Arrow
Observe animal behavior as you hold hermit crabs, go crab fishing, feed barnacles and more! Discover the marvelous mud at the salt marsh and how native peoples have used the ocean. Two sessions are...

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

Monday, July 06, 2015 • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Salt Marsh Open House  Arrow
Join CMA Educators to learn about the Salinas de San Pedro wetlands habitat at Cabrillo Beach by using binoculars and microscopes to observe live animals. Visitors can view the birds of the marsh,...

Sunday, July 12, 2015 • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM


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, July 13, 2015 • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Marine Sci Hi (Grades 9-12)  Arrow
Learn oceanography, marine biology and field research methods with our daily trips to the Cabrillo Beach Coastal Park. Students will investigate the rocky intertidal, sandy beach, mudflat and local...

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

Monday, July 13, 2015 • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Meet the Grunion  Arrow
Watch the silvery fish come up on the beach to spawn! Learn about the interesting mating rituals and growth of this curious fish. The Aquarium opens at 8 pm and an auditorium program begins at 9,...

Friday, July 17, 2015 • 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM