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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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+1 831-648-4800
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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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Good, but overpriced

My wife and I had heard the Monterey bay Aquarium was the best in the world. We therefore had high expectations, and with the admission prices being much higher compared to... read more

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My wife and I had heard the Monterey bay Aquarium was the best in the world. We therefore had high expectations, and with the admission prices being much higher compared to similar places in the U.K. it had a tough job delivering. Overall it was a very enjoyable attraction. The staff members were really knowledgable, interactive and the shows were... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

There are many fascinating exhibits--especially the otters. It is not cheap, and they get a bit preachy at times, but the marine life on display is really good. Kids will get tired quickly, but you can get your hands stamped and come back later in the day.

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A great place for kids!! Beautiful Aquarium with all kinds of aquatic organisms, not limited to fish! There are Otters, Dolphins, Jelly Fish and a huge variety of water organisms. There is a guided tour of whale feeding which was very educative and interesting to the kids! There is a video theatre too, where programs on aquatic life are aired... More 

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Thank Prathap P
Monterey, California
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Fabulous exhibits of marine life organized with lots of variety and creative thought. You won't be bored here! One of their objectives is to educate their visitors about the oceans, especially Monterey Bay. They do get a little preachy at times, but if you overlook that you will have a good time.

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Columbus, Ohio
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Fascinating exhibits in a very well done facility. Staff are super helpful. We had one of the staff approach us as soon as we entered to ask if we needed any advice or assistance. He gave us a full rundown of the exhibits, talks, feeding times, his favorites, and the best way to maximize our time. Allow at least 3... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I love aquariums and have been to several around the country. I had such high hopes for this one knowing how legendary it is. Big let down. For the very high price, the aquarium gets an average rating. I'd bump it to 3.5 because we saw 3 feedings in an afternoon. Those were fascinating and redeemed an otherwise ok experience.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great aquarium facility. Much to see for people of all ages. Very educational. Plan to spend the day.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Four generations of family members made a trip here for the day. I had been once before, but it was 25 years ago, so I was excited to see it again. It did not disappoint. We all had a wonderful time. We caught one of the feeding shows that the kids loved. We ate in the cafe with no complaints... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great aquarium with really enthusiastic and knowledgable staff. They clearly do a lot of great conservation work as well which helps justify the admission fee.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Ive been going to the aquarium for many years and it is something I would suggest on doing if you visit Monerey. Kids as well as adults get such a thrill on being up and close to the hidden world beneath the sea. so much to see and learn ,great place for the family to spend the day together.

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