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Monterey Bay Aquarium

886 Cannery Row at David Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940
831-648-4888
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Ranked #3 of 56 attractions in Monterey
Type: Aquariums, Amusement/ Theme Parks
Owner description: 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,... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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San Francisco, California
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71 reviews 71 reviews
22 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

We renewed our annual membership this year after about a two year hiatus. One could never have enough joy watching the fishes in the giant aquarium. The aquarium has a new exhibit, the tentacles. We did not really cover the whole area because we know that we will be back again within 12 months. Parking in the structure is a... More

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fremont, ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

We are coming back again to a neat attraction for all ages .... The Monterey Aquarium. There are so many exhibits; both hands on and just for viewing. The jellyfish are amazing in all their splendor and colors. Sea otters, fish, sharks, and on and on is great. Come on down, you won 't be disappointed.

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Yreka, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Was not impressed with the Aquarium this time around. There were thousands of rude shoving adults, and screaming kids that it took forever to get close enough to even see the marine life. I will definitely not return. Not to mention the $39.95 per person to get in.

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Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We spend some 3 hours in the Aquarium and had a good time. We visited a few of the presentations in the auditorium which were very good. Especially the one about sea-otter Luna. The Jelly fish and octopus were impressive! We had lunch there which was pretty good. Location on the coast is very pretty.

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Dayton, Ohio
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26 reviews 26 reviews
23 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Wonderful. Was there from when they opened until closing. (9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.) Sea otters a must. They had 2 excellent special exhibits--outstanding. Also, very informative 15 minute films on various subjects: such as how the designs of major inventions came from the study of animals and how an orphaned sea otter was raised by a foster mother and taught to... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

If you are visiting San Francisco make sure you get the travel pass and you will get tickets to the aquarium in Monterey in the pass. Fabulous aquarium amazing jellyfish

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Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Great place for Kids to visit and watch this Aquarium, as also for the family. We can see different kinds of fishes, sea otters, Sharks and turtles. Fun to see the feeding of Jelly fish. It is pleasure to watch the Sharks and Turtles swimming all the day. We can also see some exotic fishes viz. Sun fish, Cuttle Fish... More

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ruislip, uk
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

so many people rave about this place. and first impressions are 'so what'. but then the magic starts. sea otters are a delight, but then somehow, everything is well deigned. the big tank has few fish, but with sun fish, and tuna, the true scale of these creatures is jaw dropping. there's no 'tunnel' that many aquaria use, but Monterey... More

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tucson
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Every time we visit this aquarium there is something new to see. The most amazing jellyfish exhibit we have ever seen. Wide variety of indoor and outdoor exhibits. Great areas for young children to explore as well as informative and educational displays for adults. Highly recommend visiting this aquarium. It is very popular so a midweek or off season visit... More

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Pebble Beach, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

If you are in the Monterey Peninsula this is a must, one of the most beautiful experiences you can possibly have, you'll have to allow at least two hours to explore, because what they have inside is some of the most unusual undersea life, enjoy.

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