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Monterey Bay Aquarium

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Address: 886 Cannery Row at David Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940-1085
Phone Number:
+1 831-648-4800
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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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Lots of information and beautiful exhibits

I come here every year and it does not get old. Always something new so see. The only thing I don't like is parking.

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

I come here every year and it does not get old. Always something new so see. The only thing I don't like is parking.

Thank Gina G
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have read this is the 2nd largest Aquarium in the United States. My husband & I didn't feel like our visit there was worth all the money we spent for our family of 5 to see it. Don't get me wrong, they had lots to see and quite a nice variety. I was expecting to see some larger water... More 

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Renton, Washington
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

This beautiful aquarium is non-profit and it respects its animals. (no trained seals or dolphin shows here) The exhibits are stunning. Admission is pricey, but the money goes to a very good cause.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Wonderful place to spend some hours of the day. Take time to watch the shows and enjoy the attractions. Good for couples and also for kids.

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great place to take the kids. The various sections and views of the marine life is outstanding. Favorite destination.

Thank steve n
Monterey, California
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Fabulous place to go be it family or individually. Always changing displays. Very educational and so fun! Great docents

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New Hartford, NY
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Huge, well organized, mesmerizing venue! Beautifully laid out, gorgeous views of fish or all sorts, and even live shore birds! Popular with kids and adults, this is an absolutely DO NOT MISS place to visit here in Monterey, CA. Sharks, turtles, bass, sea horses....you name it, you'll see it!!

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Ashland, Oregon
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We spent two days exploring the aquarium; it had been many years since I was last there. What an amazing place. It's not like a zoo where the animals are there forever, they release them. The orphaned sea otters are raised by surrogate sea otter moms, then they are released to the bay. Being close up to creatures that I... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Love the aquarium. So many educational prpgrams to fill in between the aquarium viewings. The employees are so helpful and kind. We all had such a great time!

Thank Amy S
Puyallup, United States
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went right when it opened on a rainy day which was PACKED. All the exhibits were nicely done and lots of staff to answer any questions you may have

Thank Heidi K

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