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Monterey Bay Aquarium

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Address: 886 Cannery Row at David Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940-1085
Phone Number: +1 831-648-4888
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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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USD 49.95*
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Monterey Bay Aquarium Admission
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USD 589.99*
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Private Drive of Monterey, 17 Mile Drive, and Carmel
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Best aquarium on the planet.

Hands down the best. The new Finding Dory movie features an aquarium that is based off the MBA. The jellyfish are always my favorite.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Neville V
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Oakland, California
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Oakland, California
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95 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Hands down the best. The new Finding Dory movie features an aquarium that is based off the MBA. The jellyfish are always my favorite.

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Thank Neville V
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We have been to many aquariums but this is by far the most impressive for size of tanks and display of such a wide variety of sea life. We came 18 yrs ago and it still looks as fresh today after all this time. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable. The talks at the individual displays are informative and the... More 

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Princeton, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is by far one of the best aquariums I have been too. There is so much to see and do. From the interactive area for the kids, live friend touching to all the various sea creatures and the detail. This is a must see for the family.

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Sacramento, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I come every year at least once and am never disappointed. Take your time to view all of the exhibits, and definitely be at the exhibits at feeding time.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Amazing experience! Very knowledgeable volunteers and staff. Definitely worth the money. We spent 2 days there and the kids still didn't want to leave (3 year old and 5 year old). We went on a Sunday and Monday. Sunday was definitely busier but we were still able to have a good experience with the feedings and activities. Monday the kids... More 

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Lee, Florida, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Aquarium was a fantastic experience. We had adults up to 75 years of age in our group. All enjoyed it. However, the large tank feeding was not worth watching. The room was very crowded and HOT. Wouldn't recommend doing this.

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Sacramento, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

In comparison to others I've visited, it was spectacular. The only problem I had personally was that there were children everywhere. Yes, its perfect for families and children but what about us older folks? My husband and I had to walk over and around children, parents and best of all, strollers. I certainly don't begrudge young families from visiting such... More 

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Los Alamos, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a beautiful aquarium, but too pricey and crowded for my liking. The jellyfish exhibit is great. The staff assisting with viewings off the back deck were super friendly and helpful.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Fabulous place with very knowledgeable and friendly volunteers. We stayed at the Intercontinental The Clement which is right next door and purchased discounted 2 day passes from the hotel front desk. You can enter and leave the aquarium throughout the day if you wish. We spent 2 hours on the first day and and hour on the second as we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a wow place! The jellyfish exhibit is amazing. I have to admit I have been there 4 or times in the past year and love it ever time I go. even if you only have a few hours its worth going to see. It can be crowded on the weekends and holidays. The exhibit is on two levels... More 

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