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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 57 attractions in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Bath
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Great for families - kids, couples on your own. This place is so full of information and its not just hands on glass either. They have demonstrations with divers into the tanks to explain the fish and the habitat in door and out door exhibits and little expensive but they have a student rate which we took advantage of!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

We spent the day here with our two young kids. It's an absolutely fantastic aquarium, built right on the waters edge, you couldn't be closer to the natural environment. Wonderfully spacious and well laid out, fantastic exhibits, very engaging - made even better by the unbelievable staff and volunteers on hand at every point to interest you in something more... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Great for all the family, well worth the money, don't forget to see the Tentacles exhibit and watch the diver hand feed the sharks & fishes in the kelp forest exhibit.The children will love to see the Penguins in the Splash zone exhibit especially at feeding time it's not to be missed.Great day out.

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Tracy,CA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

We enjoy returning to the aquarium but re event trip found disappointment for eating on our snack break...you can't eat anywhere on premises with own food! We tried taking a break at the Cafe on site but told we had to order from the restaurant or we couldn't eat there...we could go across the street to eat but it was... More

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Guadalajara, Mexico
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

This aquarium is simply amazing, one of the best I've seen. You'll need to put up some time to see it through. Kelp forests, octopus and the most amazing display of jellies you'll see. Furthermore, the aquarium is right on the beach in Cannery Row, so it makes a great spot for photography as well.

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Bala Cynwyd
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

You MUST visit the aquarium when in Monterey. Everyone told us that before we arrived and now I know why. From the very first exhibit when you enter, it is awe inspiring. Gorgeous displays of amazing creatures.

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

we loved it and out little boy thought it was fab. we brought the plush otter to take back to the uk. Don't know if we will ever come back but it was worth the visit. Loved the set out and that you could view the otters In the wild

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San Francisco, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

we attended the members' night on sat. evening- the new Tentacles exhibit is wonderful and of course the entire Aquarium is fascinating ,as always

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Roseville, California
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12 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Went with family/children 10 and under in age. I'd suggest buying tickets in advance so that you can pick them up at the 'will call' window. Check out the shows and do as many activities as possible. It will easily take about 4-5 hours to thoroughly look at everything and then there are plenty of other things to do on... More

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San Dimas, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Best aquarium in the world! A room full of jellies to take your breath away. Tons of hands-on exploration for little ones. Beautiful vistas from every window. Can't praise the place enough!

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