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Monterey Bay Aquarium: Tours & Tickets

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Located at the ocean's edge, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a window to marine life -- for dive masters and non-swimmers alike. It's home to sea otters, penguins, sharks, jellies and thousands of other marine animals and plants. Its mission is to...more
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940-1085
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Reviewed today

My first time. Spent the day there. Kids everywhere, but you're a kid, too, experiencing the diversity and beauty of sea life. Exhibits are thoughtfully put together, docents are extremely helpful and informative. We are a senior couple, no children with us, but could see...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed today via mobile

One of the main reasons for my visit to Monterey. Such an amazing place. Lots of nice friendly staff around to answer your questions. Lots of rehabilitation work happening. Beautiful views out to sea. Everything is displayed well and lots of interactive exhibits. We spent...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank jcooperh88
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Amazing venue and, if you only ever do one aquarium in your life, this is the one. We did it at the weekend in October and it was very busy with people obstructing views, pushing people out of the way, treading on your toes (on...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank poroger
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We are a family of five, aged 38 / 34 / 14 / 10 / 7. All of us enjoyed this place. It was first week of spring break and was very busy. I would advise getting there early to avoid the crowds.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Stevowallace
Reviewed 2 days ago

This facility is well laid out and holds some amazing exhibits. Feeding time with the penguins and with the sea otters should not be missed. We were amazed at how beautiful things like jellyfish and cuttlefish can be. Very much worth a visit.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank TauntonBob
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited in October 2019. The aquarium is excellent with lots of interesting and informative displays. We really enjoyed the Sea otter feeding in the afternoon. We ate in the cafeteria which was very good quality and reasonably priced. The whole aquarium is very modern...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank paulwoodland
Reviewed 3 days ago

We hadn't been to the Aquarium in 10+ years. Truly world class. Well-staffed, multiple opportunities to view feedings (we saw the penguin & large tank feeding; latter was via a scuba diver). Not cheap, but you can get a 10% AAA discount (the tickets are...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank SeekingVines
Reviewed 4 days ago

Must see. After sticker shock of price per person wears off you will definitely know its worth it once inside! One of the best designed aquariums I've ever visited!

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank JRGtraveling
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is an absolute must. Fabulous exhibits of sea otters, penguins, sea rays you can touch and various fish in the big kelp forest tank. Great educatational programs in the auditorium. There are a lot of school children there and they love this place so...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Sam S
Reviewed 4 days ago

With doubt a must. So many fascinating things to see. Not cheap but worth every penny, I was taken aback.

Date of experience: October 2019
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1 October 2019|
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Response from Donnac2009 | Reviewed this property |
Booking online is the easiest way to get tickets. Otherwise you will be waiting in line. We got there at 10 and they line was long and moved pretty quick.
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19 July 2019|
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Response from Jake S |
When we brought tickets in advance they were for specific dates. We were advised locally (on the Monterey Peninsula) to be at the Aquarium when it opened (9:30) because it got crowded FAST. There was a modest line already by... More
7 May 2019|
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Response from Niah707 | Reviewed this property |
Hi. I think we took the 101South to 156 West to 1South from San Francisco to Monterey. If you've never driven on the left side of the road, some find it a challenge switching (I can't do the reverse but my spouse can... More