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Monterey Bay Aquarium

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Address: 886 Cannery Row at David Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940-1085
Phone Number:
+1 831-648-4800
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Located at the ocean's edge, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a window to...

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 inspire conservation of the oceans.

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Great collection of all things sea! Very busy, but really enjoyed it and will go back!

We visited the aquarium on Easter Sunday, and it was very busy. Despite the crowds, we were blown away by the sea life collection - the sheer size of the tanks (one holds a... read more

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We visited the aquarium on Easter Sunday, and it was very busy. Despite the crowds, we were blown away by the sea life collection - the sheer size of the tanks (one holds a hammer head shark and tuna!) is worth the visit. There's also a great touch area for small children to get interactive and various smaller tanks that... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Best. Very Crowded at the end. Get here when it opens. We wanted to stay longer but too many people, but this is definitely the best aquarium we've been to, ever!

Thank Bob F
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We made a family trip to visit the aquarium on Thursday 20, it was a wonderful experience for kids and adults. The aquarium has a large variety of fauna and very interesting exhibits including Baja (Viva Baja). In the outside resting area, you can watch birds, sea otters and, if you are lucky, some tale splashing from whales (get binoculars)... More 

Thank cjfernandez55
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It was a busy weekend so there were more families there. The cost was high $99 for 2 Adults 29.95 for kids with kids 2 and under are free. I loved the Shark Presentation about Great White Sharks. The food was okay with little kids I think they need more little kid food the Macaroni and Cheese was too Gourmet... More 

Thank Shantelle S
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Of all the aquariums i've been to, this is my absolute favorite. They have an amazing jellyfish collection which i love to watching so many events going on during the day: talks about manta rays, sharks, diving show (pretty cool), and much more. It's my favorite aquarium, every other one feels the same to me, but this one is special.... More 

Thank Thaisa S
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

There are too many awesome comments to be made about this location! It is perfect for all ages and a real mistake to skip. Activities and information for all ages with a message about the important tool we all play in making our world a better place. If you only have time for one thing, do this!

Thank Sandra V
Knoxville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

First of all, let me preface this by saying I've wanted to see this location for many years for a myriad of reasons. I was NOT disappointed. The sheer variety of exhibits kept the tour exciting. There are encounters outside as well as inside the aquarium. We even saw seals in the ocean! I highly recommend that you visit given... More 

Thank mmflatt
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My family and I recently visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium during our vacation. We were very excited only to be disappointed. It wasn't as big as we thought it'd be, and there's wasn't a lot to do. We walked around the whole aquarium in an hour and a half. Great for families with children, not so much adults.

Thank Sweetanddandy
San Jose
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

During the day, you'll find this place packed with kids of all ages. Me and my 4 year old went on her field trip and boy we he 2 hours and barely got to see everything. Definitely want to plan to be here a few hours to take full advantage. If you are a local, check with your public library... More 

Thank Marissa N
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I went with my older sister and we saw amazing sea animals! Sea Turtles, Sharks, any type of fish you can think of, definitely the best aquarium i've ever been too. after aquarium went walking outside by all the restaurants and at nearby and walked the streets. Because we were students we got a student discount!

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