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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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Los Angeles, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

This is a wonderful aquarium even if you don't have any kids along!!! Enjoyable for adults and a great learning experience for both kids and adults. The jellyfish exhibits are spectacular. It's also fun to go to the various feeding times but get there a few minutes early as they are very crowded and not always easy to see.

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Pleasanton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW via mobile

I used to go every yr for my anniversary, kids loved to go as well, we would make it one of our family vacations spots

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW via mobile

Well worth the ticket price for the Jellies exhibition alone! Plan the day though and you will get a lot more out of the visit...talks and demonstrations are on throughout and it's great to get to a few. Cafe serves ok food with a conveniently located Starbucks just outside for a much needed pre or post caffeine fix

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New England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

This is the best aquarium!! It is right on the water so you can go out on the decks and see Harbor Seals sunning on the rocks behind the aquarium. Their exhibits are incredible!! From the Jellies to the Hammerhead shark to the penguins!! Our favorite was the sea otters Sooo Adorable!!! Be sure to watch at their feeding time!... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

I could not find any discounts for the aquarium, but I am still glad that we went. The otter viewing tank, the super cool/weird sunfish, and the beautiful jelly fish exhibit were really wonderful and were worth the price of admission. Go online ahead of time and make sure that you are interested in what is there. We got there... More

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

This was a planned stop when we traveled from LA to San Francisco. We really enjoyed the aquarium. Very hands on experience and sitting there for a good half hour just staring at the giant aquarium was amazing. The kids loved it and great views when you stepped outside. The food options were limited within the aquarium and it was... More

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Upon entering, I thought the admission price was high but after making my way thru the many displays and exhibits I can see why they need to charge what they do. It is an enormous undertaking and fabulous complex with so much to see! The giant tanks with vibrant sea life will take your breath away. My suggestion is to... More

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Encinitas, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

great exhibits! my 3 year old kid loved everything about this aquarium. it beats our local aquarium.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

We came all the way from Vancouver, Canada and this was one of the best aquariums we have ever been to. We are planning our second trip this year again. Totally worth it!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

We really enjoyed this aquarium as we mostly went to see the otters. Try to time your visit around feeding times 10.30am and 1.30pm. The feeding of the ocean fish was surprisingly entertaining. Other highlights were logs of jellyfish, the puffins and the penguins. The commentary/movie in the auditorium was great and made us feel better that at least the... More

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