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Monterey Bay Aquarium

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Address: 886 Cannery Row at David Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940-1085
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+1 831-648-4888
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09:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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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Awesome Aquarium

I was reluctant to visit this aquarium, having been to many great aquariums in the country but I was told it was a must see. Since the weather was chilly and rainy, it was the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Short Hills, New Jersey, United States
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Short Hills, New Jersey, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I was reluctant to visit this aquarium, having been to many great aquariums in the country but I was told it was a must see. Since the weather was chilly and rainy, it was the perfect activity to do. I'm almost glad we had less than optimal CA weather because I might have missed out on seeing this special aquarium.... More 

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Farmington, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Not cheap at $50/adult, but it's truly in a league of its own. We visited on a weekday morning and found the crowd to be manageable. We had no problem getting close to the fantastic exhibits. I imagine it's packed on a weekend.

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San Francisco, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Be sure to not miss the special exhibits in the other building (accessible only by going up the stairs to the second floor, then down to the first floor of the other building) They now have a Baja California exhibit and- even better- "Tentacles" which was really different and interesting.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Because the entrance fee is $49.95 for an adult, we chose not to visit when we were in Monterey in December. I had been there about 25 years ago when the entrance fee was about $20 and thought it was not worth the price of admission then. Sorry, I know they do amazing things for the environment, but if they... More 

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Arroyo Grande, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A must visit if you're in Monterey! The exhibits are very well done--not only fun to see but educational!

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Fairfield, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is not just for children...although we saw a lot of school groups there, we were a group of seniors and we found more than enough to enjoy and fill the time we spent there. The sea others (get there when they feed them) and penguins were a highlight of our trip. Plan on spending an entire day there to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Wow, had a great time here. Buy your tickets from your phone and avoid the lineup. Lots to see and do, at your own pace.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This aquarium is certainly worth seeing. They do a lot of important conservation and education work here. Displays are Marvelous, especially the Open Ocean exhibit.

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Roseville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What a wonderful way to have fun and enjoy nature in such gorgeous surroundings. It really is the perfect way to spend a day with so many great exhibits.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have actually visited this aquarium a few times, each visit a few years apart. And every time it has been amazing. Even my wife who isn't normally an aquarium fan loved this place. Absolute MUST SEE attraction if you are in the area.

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