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Monterey Bay Aquarium

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886 Cannery Row at David Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940-1085
+1 831-648-4800
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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 inspire conservation of the oceans.
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  • Very good20%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
886 Cannery Row at David Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940-1085
+1 831-648-4800
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Monterrey's main attraction. Not to be missed. Very well organised and staffed. Wonderful experience. Directly on the water with great views of the bay and ocean. Lots of outside space. Proximity with ocean outside gives great context to the exhibits within and is pretty unique...More

Thank BigSur707
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Definitely one of best places for kids very young or old in California. We took our young son for birthday and it was great. They gave him a button that said it was his birthday! The nursing room upstairs is well done, and the kids...More

Thank micheb3
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My wife and I recently visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium with friends. We were in Monterey on a cruise vacation. We enjoyed our visit. The aquarium is designed well and is very clean. There are many great exhibits and lots of sea creatures to view....More

Thank jmacch
Reviewed 3 days ago

We love the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The exhibits are beautiful, educational, and fun!!! The staff are very knowledgeable and the presentations incredible!!! Thank you and I would encourage everyone to visit.

Thank staceyjk
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My toddlers really enjoyed their visit. I loved that the aquarium catered to all ages. They had a play area for my 9-month old to explore and also right across the way a spot for my little ones to play! There was so much to...More

Thank Reyna V
Reviewed 4 days ago

This was our second visit, the first time was over 20 years ago shortly after it was open to the public. We were pleased to see all the new exhibits and the enhanced visitors experience. The price of admission was quite high but it was...More

Thank FunOnly
Reviewed 4 days ago

We were fortunate enough to attend a private event at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The exhibits were amazing. There were some interesting historical exhibits on the bay and canneries, but the unusual exhibits such as sea otters and jellyfish were really great.

Thank George B
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the best that I have visited. Based on an individual's interest for knowing more about marine life, folks might spend 3+ hours here. Kids would definitely love it. Would definitely like to visit again.

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I was shocked at the admission price of $50 for one adult. If you want to get a AAA discount you have to do it before hand through the AAA office or by mail. I have been to this aquarium twice in two years on...More

Thank Outdoorpartner
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I have been coming to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for over 30 years now - since I was just a little kid - and it never fails to awe, inspire, and transport you. The exhibits are amazing, with three HUGE tanks and a multitude of...More

Thank NomeMan
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30 August 2017|
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Response from Nadav S | Reviewed this property |
The Shark tour is nice but I would not say that this is the main attraction
14 August 2017|
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Response from MzScorpio1978 | Reviewed this property |
I used AAA. Here are the prices if you have a membership. Monterey Bay Aquarium Monterey Bay Aquarium AAA Member Pricing: Adult Member price $44.95 ($5.00 off), Child (ages 3-12) $26.95 ($3.00 off), Students/Seniors $35.95... More
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14 August 2017|
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Response from MontereyBayAquarium | Property representative |
It really depends. Some people spend hours and hours here soaking in all the exhibits and talking with volunteers. Others are in and out like they are late for an appointment. It is probably wise to give yourself about 2... More