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Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

#21 of 104 things to do in Santa Monica Features Animals
1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3120
+1 310-393-6149
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1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3120
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+1 310-393-6149
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm not positive but this place appeared to be shuttered and closed down. In leaving the Pier we walked down some concrete steps and past signs saying aquarium. The place appeared shuttered and closed. Could be wrong.

Thank MIke23693
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Pleasant and well organized venue. Some interesting species so a visit is a must especially with small kids.

Thank Stavreez
Reviewed 9 July 2017

In terms of Aquariums, this is not the Baltimore Aquarium or the Monterey Aquarium. It is open daily from 2 - 6 pm. It is staffed by volunteers who want to share their love of the sea life in the Santa Monica area. If you...More

1  Thank Connie F
Reviewed 6 July 2017

Kids 12 and under are free, and adults are inexpensive. My kids loved the touch tanks, and we finally had to make them leave. They spent a long time talking to all of the touch tank workers and learning about every single animal in the...More

Thank amyw2012
Reviewed 30 June 2017

It is a small aquarium which has species which are found around the pier. Some of the them, you can touch and feel. Some of them very unique sea species. They have a sit down are for the kids as well to color etc. our...More

Thank Gagan K
Reviewed 22 June 2017

nice little aquarium, fun to visit. interesting displays.does not take a long time to go throught it, but you will certainly learn something and the creatures are fun to see close up.

Thank tenisax
Reviewed 30 May 2017

Small aquarium at Santa Monica pier, or under it. Entrance fee was 5$/adult under 12 years old free with parents. Good fun for kids, not much to see for adults, a few fish tanks and info signs..

Thank mmikko
Reviewed 22 May 2017

We visited using our LA go card, so we didn't actually pay out right for this visit, which I am very pleased about as I would have been very disappointed. The aquarium firstly was very difficult to find, and once we found it we were...More

Thank Lo B
Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

Great little aquarium under SM pier. Key word; little. Displays with touch tanks raises money and awareness for Heal the Bay. If you want to spend a day at an aquarium, go to Long Beach. If you want to give your children a couple of...More

1  Thank rod1701
Reviewed 13 April 2017

This little aquarium under the Santa Monica Pier is quite nice--just don't expect it to compare with the one down in Long Beach. There are several ceiling-high tanks with local critters including various rockfish, small sharks, morays and wolf eels. Several open, hands-on pools with...More

Thank brothermoses
Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a
balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a
thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers,
roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the
famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles
weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa
Monica pier spins high above the water, while park
revelers scream with delight riding the roller
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