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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
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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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Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

love watching the sea otters, Even with a lot of people there it was very open, and everything was easy to see

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Australia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

This is a must see, very well laid out, very good talks, audio guide is great. Very interesting, we spent about a half day there and felt we saw enough

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Dallas, TX
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Never have I enjoyed an aquarium so much. The hands on exhibits along with the beautiful aquariums filled with such varieties of tiny, small and extra large fish and sea creatures. Feeding time for the otters is a must see and all without that fishy smell. Very informative volunteers for any questions that you or your child might come up... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Escpecially coming from Switzerland this aquarium was a hit not to be missed. Located in an old cannery it perfectly fits into Monterey's piscturesque setting. Our must-see: Jellyfish and the oh so adorable sea otters. Will definitely go back.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Only bested by the aquarium in Osaka Japan ( they have a huge tank with a whale shark ) this aquarium is best one on this side of the ocean. The jellyfish display is very impressive. I spent 4 hours browsing around this aquarium - usually I am through most in 1/2 hr.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We made this a stop on our trip through Monterey as this consistently makes the list of the world's top aquariums. The positive practices of this aquarium have also helped it to avoid some of the criticism that's plagued some of its more commercialized competitors. There is tons to see and do here from watching otters to petting rays to... More

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Kamloops, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

cannot say enough about how wonderful and amazing this place is. spend the time. enjoy. relax. take it all in. and you will be glad you did. best I have ever seen.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The aquarium is always a wonderful place to visit. We started on a Saturday which was insanely crowded and also went Sunday which was much calmer. We enjoyed the Jelly Experience and Tentacles. It's a fun place to explore and definitely a place we will continue to enjoy going to.

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Los Angeles
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The whole family enjoys this Aquarium. The sea otters are always a favorite. The kid zone provides an outlet for the little ones to burn off energy between visits to the quieter portions of the venue.

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St Helens, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Whilst it is difficult to find parking in the local area, it is well worth the perseverance. This a very well presented Aquarium with masses of interactive activities for children. Whilst we did not have kids with us (they are grown up and have "flown the nest") my wife likes to "get stuck in"! She was able to get up... More

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