Aquarium Open Grand Prix Weekend, But Not Business As Usual – Gazette Newspapers

One of the most picturesque spots on the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach course is the circle around the dolphin fountain in front of the Aquarium of the Pacific.

That stretch, with cars slowed to 15 miles an hour to navigate the turn, appears multiple times in any visual coverage of the race, and often shows the aquarium in the background. That might be great exposure, but for aquarium visitors, not so much.

The aquarium stays open throughout race weekend, but moves its parking and entrances to the back of the building, on the south side of the property. The temporary entrance is through Pier Point Landing, where deep sea fishing charters normally organize.

For parking near the aquarium, take the 710 Freeway south and exit at Broadway. Turn right at Magnolia Avenue and go past Ocean Boulevard. Take the first off-ramp to the right toward Catalina Landing (don’t drive over the bridge).

There will be attendants to direct people to the nearest open parking. The charge will be $10. There will be a shuttle to the entrance, and walking paths.

All of the aquarium exhibits will be open, and all the movies in the Ocean Theater will be free over the weekend.

But aquarium officials are blunt about the experience on the weekend. The release announcing the changes says:

“However, due to the layout of the racetrack, we recommend planning your visit around these dates to avoid detours and delays.”

—Harry Saltzgaver


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