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Crescent City, California: Ocean World Aquarium

Modest sea life and watery wildlife attraction with naturally lit tanks and live shark petting. Started in 1964 as Undersea Gardens. Photo-op shark and seal statues in the parking lot.

Ocean World

304 Highway 101 South, Crescent City, CA
Redwood Hwy, just southeast of town, north of Elk Valley Rd.
Daily Mem. Day weekend-Sept. 4th 9-9; Winter 9-5. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $12.95, 3-11 $8.95
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Ocean World.

Ocean World

The nice aquarium folks at Ocean World sent us this insight: "Our hours are seasonal because our aquatic exhibit is lighted with natural lighting and changes as the seasons change." Before visiting you can call or check their website at to confirm times they are open.

The sea lion statue at the entrance is always visible.

[ Team, 07/20/2019]

Shark Petting sign up.

Ocean World Aquarium

In the thick of redwood forest attractions, Ocean World reminds us that we are also driving along the coast of an entire ocean. The venerable aquarium has plenty to offer, but we only had time to run around and note the free stuff: two big sea lion statues at the parking lot entrance, a surfing photo op, a couple of sharks dangling on chains, a gift shop catering to pirates. The "Shark Petting" must be popular; interested visitors sign up in advance, under the dead-eyed stare of a maneater chomping a human arm.

[ Team, 09/03/2016]
Ocean World - Pose with Shark

CA's north coast equivalent to Sea World features some wildlife attractions such as otters, and small sharks. Also has a giant shark that visitors can take pictures in and around.

[Forrest Damrow, 06/10/2010]

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