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Monterey Bay Aquarium

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886 Cannery Row at David Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940
+1 831-648-4800
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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: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
886 Cannery Row at David Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940
+1 831-648-4800
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

So much to see. Interactive adult exhibits. Preschool children' s area. Watch otters being fed. They are very cute & animated. Several areas where you can touch live sea creatures. Can even pet manta rays. Picturesque views of Monterey Bay.

Thank PhxShirley
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I love fish so of course I love the aquarium, but I have to say that this aquarium has a particularly good selection of fish and animals. It's fascinating to see the huge open water exhibit and watch the fish interact in the kelp forest....More

Thank Smiliemn
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My family and I go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium from time to time and we just love it. It's great for children of all ages and never gets boring.

Thank Celia F
MontereyBayAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Monterey Bay Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Yay! Glad to have you!

Reviewed 2 days ago

Highly recommended for everyone visiting Monterey Bay area. Excellently managed by the efficient staff. Best time to visit is when they feed the fish, so plan accordingly.

Thank FaisalOkapi
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Some reviews say the aquarium is quite small which is true but what they do have here is really good for the size! I'd say plan 2-3 hours to look around the whole aquarium. The best part is the huge tank where they feed the...More

Thank daniellejbut
MontereyBayAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Monterey Bay Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

A great review! Very helpful to have your thoughts!

Reviewed 3 days ago

The aquarium is not the cheapest entry fee, but it was one of the best afternoons we've had in such a long time. The jellyfish room and the sea otters were my favorite, and it would be a great experience for families or adults.

Thank Amy I
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Aside from the displays, which are fascinating, the great thing about the aquarium is its staff - always walking about, answering questions and often just offering explanations.

Thank WanderingShishik
Reviewed 4 days ago

Wonderful setting. Staff helpful and friendly, especially with our online purchase mishap. Diving staff friendly as the cleaned tanks. Tanks were clean and exhibits were visibly. Stores were setup nicely. Prices ranged. Bathrooms were cleaned and spacey. I didn't wait in a line once. Had...More

Thank Gracedale Monte... P
Reviewed 4 days ago

This Aquarium is much smaller than the Shedd so you need to start with that knowledge and not compare the two. We enjoyed all of the aquarium's exhibits in this old Cannery building which was neat in itself. We came in time to watch the...More

Thank AnniG2329
Reviewed 4 days ago

What a cool place. WE loved this place. Its huge and so much to see. Very clean and kept up really nice. We learned a lot of stuff here.

Thank Lexer75
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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
14 August 2017|
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Response from MzScorpio1978 | Reviewed this property |
I used AAA. Here are the prices if you have a membership. Monterey Bay Aquarium Monterey Bay Aquarium AAA Member Pricing: Adult Member price $44.95 ($5.00 off), Child (ages 3-12) $26.95 ($3.00 off), Students/Seniors $35.95... More
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Response from MontereyBayAquarium | Property representative |
It really depends. Some people spend hours and hours here soaking in all the exhibits and talking with volunteers. Others are in and out like they are late for an appointment. It is probably wise to give yourself about 2... More