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Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

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Address: 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3120
Phone Number: +1 310-393-6149
12:30 - 17:00
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Tue - Fri 14:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 12:30 - 17:00
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Nice little attraction.

Well priced, the small attraction off the Santa Monica pier gave the kids a little lesson in the ocean. A chance to feed some starfish and check out the sharks.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 October 2016
Gavin S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Well priced, the small attraction off the Santa Monica pier gave the kids a little lesson in the ocean. A chance to feed some starfish and check out the sharks.

Thank Gavin S
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

We decided to visit this aquarium - we thought the entrance fee of $5 per person was sufficiently cheap that it didn't matter if there wasn't a lot to see. It is very small and there aren't many things to see. However, we enjoyed our short visit there. Children will enjoy the touching pools (which are closely supervised).

Thank GerMar60
Santa Monica, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Lots of things to see and learn and it's small so not overwhelming. Kids can touch the animals and see that they are pretty cool.

Thank Terri D
Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Conveniently located but small - not a lot to see but probably more appealing to young kids than adults.

Thank RonWamberal
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

I should have come here first to read the reviews. I walked in took one spin around the place and was finished in 5 minutes. I found the place to be very run down and dirty. Would not recommend this and definitely not worth the money.

Thank Melissa W
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

If you walk in the door to the register, that's pretty much it! Good way to kill 15mins but didn't find it that interesting. the people are lovely and can spin a good yarn if your looking to kill some more time.

Thank Y4896BWmattp
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

This is a nice little aquarium under the pier. The fee is donation based. I have taken my 2 kids there a few times and they always enjoy themselves. They have a fun touch pool and coloring activities and puppets to play with too.

Thank Happyowl97
New York City
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

Tiny, rundown little facility with wonderful, friendly staff. Can go through the whole thing in 10 minutes. Only really worth it if you go with small kids.

Thank NewYorkTraveler7
west hills, ca
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

so much too see also its very exciting for kids my kids had a great time and not expensive at all i loved it

Thank 57sault
Clovis, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Drove over 5hrs only to find that every shop on the pier is closed until 10-10:30am. We did get to park on the pier was great till it was time to leave. We arrived about 7am couldn't find a single place open for coffee or breakfast then eventually found a typical McDonald's (which we didn't want). We enjoyed the peacefulness... More 

Thank Martha B

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Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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