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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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USD 49.95*
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Monterey Bay Aquarium Admission
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USD 99.00*
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Monterey & Carmel Explorer with optional Aquarium
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USD 680.00*
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Private Full-Day Trip Up Pacific Coast Highway with Pickup
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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.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good20%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 9:30 am - 7:00 pm
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
886 Cannery Row at David Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940-1085
886 Cannery Row at David Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940-1085
+1 831-648-4800
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Reviewed yesterday

This is such a different type of aquarium. World Class inside and the same on the outside. The inside exhibits showed all the sea life in the Monterey Bay. Especially beautiful was the jelly fish exhibit. The otters were entertaining and the penguins delightful. Would...More

Thank Helen B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Consistently one of the top 10 aquariums in America, it lived up to that billing immediately as you walk in. The setting is beautiful, and not only can you see wildlife inside, but outside we saw seals, a jellyfish, and a whale! Touch pool was...More

Thank Rob K
Reviewed 3 days ago

While this place is pretty darn amazing, it is way expensive, especially for people with young chillins.

Thank Alzor S
Reviewed 4 days ago

It was so fun watching the "feeding times" and the staff was very helpful and answered questions with confidence. The ecological impact and education was a soft sell and perfect!

Thank Konatotheworld
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Aquarium is amazing. Best I have ever been to. Be sure to hit all the feedings. We went post holiday break on a weekday thinking it would not be as busy, but it was still crowded. Not sure if it is always like this,...More

Thank CleveKen
Reviewed 5 days ago

Yes, it's expensive but a very special beautiful, educational experience that provides lasting memories. Check it all out and spend five hours like I did, then it's more economical. Impressive cafeteria too (potato kale soup was good). The aquarium expansion is so very well done....More

Thank Brenda B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I've been here twice in the last 20 years the first time when they just open.. all in all nothing really changes.. the big aquarium is definitely worth looking at especially if you get it around feeding time. Young little kids would definitely enjoy this...More

Thank mdauth58
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is a must see. If you are here you you have to go the the aquarium. There is so much to see and do. We brought a 17 year old and a 5 year old and other were busy all day. Very expensive but...More

Thank Aimz74
Reviewed 6 days ago

Wow, an impressive aquarium, for children and big children alike. We were staying in Pacific Grove in October 2017, we chose to walk to the aquarium along the coast path. The exhibits are very well organised, with excellent information boards, interactive sections, ‘touch’ pools, the...More

1  Thank Rosie008
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were there the week of New Year's and school was out so there were quite a lot of visitors. It's very hard to see the feedings when it is crowded but you can still enjoy the exhibits. Parking can be challenging, lots of meters...More

Thank Susan G
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3 January 2018|
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Response from Barbara R | Reviewed this property |
I wouldn’t take a newborn this young in any public place. The risk of exposure to flu and RSV is way too high in a Newborn who has a very poor immune system and no vaccinations. If nothing else check with your pediatrician... More
25 November 2017|
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Response from andreamckenna | Reviewed this property |
We travelled on Highway 101 and it was fine. It is a long journey so we broke it up by stopping off at Pismo Beach
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