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Visit Local Institutions

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, San Pedro, CA
Approximately 10 minutes from Long Beach

While you're in town for the AZA Mid-Year Meeting, break away for a visit to Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, just two short bridges away on the Los Angeles side of the harbor. Since 1935, Cabrillo has been THE place to learn about Southern California marine life and is recognized internationally for its education programs that make marine science fun and approachable for all. Admission is free. Aquarium hours are Wednesday-Saturday from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.


California Science Center, Los Angeles, CA
Approximately 25 miles from Long Beach

Embark on a journey of science learning and fun for everyone as you explore a variety of interactive exhibits in our galleries like Ecosystems featuring live animals in living habitats, including a 188,000-gallon kelp forest tank. Make your visit out-of-this-world by seeing Space Shuttle Endeavour in the Samuel Oschin Pavilion. View the orbiter up close and discover the science behind this amazing vehicle. Complete your all-day science adventure by watching an IMAX film. Our seven-story screen brings to life worlds as small as an atom and as vast as the universe in stunning IMAX with Laser. Admission to permanent exhibits is FREE. (Excludes IMAX and special paid exhibitions). Open 7 days a week.


Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles, CA
Approximately 1 hour from Long Beach

Spend a day in Los Angeles exploring the Los Angeles Zoo. The tour will include highlights of the collection with animal feedings and keeper talks and a special private presentation at the Angela Collier World of Birds Theater featuring California Condor, Hope. Lunch will be provided and snacks/light meals on the bus ride to and from the facilities.

Los Angeles Zoo is hosting a Pre-Conference Tour on Tuesday, April 19. Additional $75 fee is required. Fee includes transportation and lunch.
Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara, CA
Approximately 2 hours from Long Beach

The Santa Barbara Zoo is thrilled to welcome attendees of the 2022 AZA Mid-Year Meeting! We hope you will join us for a Post-Conference Tour of our picturesque zoo, nestled between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Highlights of the excursion include behind-the-scenes tours of select animal spaces, animal training demonstrations, team-building challenges, and educational program insights. At feeding time, relax on our iconic hilltop for a complimentary catered lunch with Santa Barbara flair, including local wine, beer, and soft drinks. Come get a taste of life on California’s Central Coast!

Santa Barbara Zoo is hosting a Post-Conference Tour on Monday, April 25. Additional $70 fee is required. Fee includes transportation and meals.
The Living Desert, Palm Springs, CA
Approximately 2 hours from Long Beach

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, set amidst the oasis of the Southern California desert and surrounded by incredible mountain views, is known for sharing the world’s desert wildlife and wild places. Your pre-conference visit to The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens will feature exclusive behind-the-scenes experiences and open house tours, including the new, four-acre Rhino Savanna – home to black rhinos, springbok, waterbuck, pelicans, and more. Your day will also include an inside look at the 2021 AZA Exhibit Award Significant Achievement winner- Australian Adventures and the opportunity to experience our newest event, Glow in the Park, featuring over 60 traditional Chinese lanterns.

The Living Desert is hosting a Pre-Conference Tour on Tuesday, April 19. Additional $75 fee is required. Fee includes transportation and meals.
San Diego Zoo, San Diego, CA
Approximately 2 hours from Long Beach

The San Diego Zoo is a 100-acrewildlife park and home to over 12,000 rare and endangered animals, representing more than 650 species and subspecies. The Zoo is also an accredited botanical garden, caring for more than 700,000 individual plants. Come, visit and see how we’ve grown the past 105 years and how we are saving wildlife worldwide.
 
Exclusive for our AZA Partners:
  • Join us for a post AZA Mid-Year Meeting visit April 25-May 1, 2022.  
  • Admission waived when presenting your Mid-Year Meeting badge at any Zoo ticket window for you and your guests.
  • Parking included at the San Diego Zoo
  • 50% off most Zoo tours (excludes Animals in Action and Exclusive VIP Experience) with advanced reservation
  • 25% off food and beverage at participating locations (excludes alcohol).

San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Escondido, CA
Approximately 2 hours from Long Beach

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park immerses you in an active safari experience where herds of animals roam natural habitats in this 1,800-acre reserve. Celebrating nearly 50-years educating and delighting guests, find yourself traveling by cart, safari truck, or by foot to explore, learn and see how we care for wildlife here and around the world.
 
Exclusive for our AZA Partners:
  • Join us for a post AZA Mid-Year Meeting visit April 25-May 1, 2022.
  • Admission waived when presenting your Mid-Year Meeting badge at any Safari Park ticket window for you and your guests.
  • General parking fee waived for one vehicle when presenting your Mid-Year Meeting badge at parking lot entrance
  • 50% off most Safari Park safaris (excludes Roar & Snore and Ultimate Safaris) with advanced reservation
  • 25% off food and beverage at participating locations (excludes alcohol).


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