Explore Our History
Watch the opening day parade.
Watch the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Fireworks light the night sky for our grand opening.
October 20, 1984A daylong celebration culminates seven years of dreaming, planning and construction as the Aquarium opens its doors. First-day attendance is 10,681 and the line stretches most of the length of Cannery Row. Passes to re-enter are quickly replaced with hand stamps after enterprising souls begin taking them and selling them far down the line. Admission prices on opening day are $7 general, $5 student and senior, and $3 for children.
What A Party!The celebration includes a parade of marching bands, school floats, mermaids and dancing jellies, 38 entries in all, stretching the length of Cannery Row. Offshore, an aquatic parade consists of a Coast Guard cutter, a Navy ship, several research vessels, the local fishing fleet, and a colorful flotilla of small craft, windsurfers and kayaks. Telegrams arrive from President Reagan and Governor Deukmejian. The festivities end with a fireworks display that night.