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Monterey Bay Aquarium

#1 of 105 things to do in Monterey Features Animals
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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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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  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
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886 Cannery Row at David Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940-1085
+1 831-648-4800
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Reviewed yesterday

This is worth the trip. In fact, the best attraction in Monterey by a mile. We were able to see the entire aquarium in about 1.5 hours, but we were moving fast. If you have children, there is a section just for them and you...More

Thank kamaainaboy
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I love the fact that they do rehabilitation and release the animals if they are able to return to the wild. The sea otters are absolutely adorable! Definitely check out the theater shows. We saw both the one about the sharks and the one about...More

Thank Brianna R
Reviewed yesterday

I took my grandson to Monterey so we could experience the Monterey Bay Aquarium. There are a zillion interactive exhibits that are not only educational but totally fun, and it took no coaching to get him to participate. The aquarium is beautiful, well laid out...More

Thank Bayhaze
Reviewed yesterday

The Aquarium is a bit pricey, but a great opportunity to learn about Monterey Bay, including marine mammals, fisheries, seabirds, and water quality. The exhibits are attractive to adults and kids. Most include actual live animals relative to the theme of the exhibit. Plan to...More

Thank William S
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Came here part of a day tour so had limited time, very busy with children. A nice place, plenty to see, there's hands on thing for the kids as well as get up close to the exhibits, a nice balcony to step outside to watch...More

Thank Clivey57
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

$180 for family of 4!! The girl said hope you enjoy, so did I for that..... That said it was amazing and kids had 3 great hours in there too. Educational and some lovely fish.

Thank MrMagoos
Reviewed 2 days ago

This aquarium is really a nice place to visit. It site on the Monterey Bay. It is a great place to learn about the ocean life around. This place has a beautiful view of the bay. If you are lucky, you will see, seals, sea...More

Thank JonJonMontreal
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is easily the best aquarium I have ever seen. It is so well thought out that it accommodates huge crowds and one is almost unaware of it. Moving through the space is comfortable and can be as quick or as slow as one wants....More

Thank RayB621
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We recently visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium and had a wonderful day. One of the things we appreciated most were the volunteer docents. They were a wealth of information and were very enthusiastic about the Aquarium's mission. We enjoyed the entire facility but in particular...More

Thank Leonard H
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I was here 20 years ago and not a whole lot has changed since then. At one time this was one of the best aquariums in the world, now the competition has passed them by. Even the sea otter display, which this aquarium is known...More

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Ursula V
10 July 2017|
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Response from Joan B | Reviewed this property |
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Response from Laura J | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is wheelchair accessible.
8 June 2017|
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Response from Wandah F | Reviewed this property |
I did not see scooters for rent. Some wheel chairs were available. Very accessible for sure.