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Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

Address: 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone Number: 310 393 6149
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Ranked #15 of 55 Attractions in Santa Monica
Type: Science Museums, Museums, Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks
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Type: Science Museums, Museums, Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks
Tue - Fri 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Santa Monica, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

This aquarium is pretty good for being a small aquarium, they have baby sharks, starfish, moray eels, fish, jelly fish, and other cool sea creatures. They also have a little kids area.

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45 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

This was included in our Go Pass but we likely would have paid the $5 to go in. The place is tiny but the staff is great. They took the time to talk about many of the local species and we spent a lot of time in the touch tank. Tiny rays and sharks were fun to see up close... More 

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Mount Shasta, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Always fun to see these colorful fish up close and personal. Clean and birght setting. Easy access and fun for all ages.

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Santa Monica, CA
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Yes it is nowhere the size and scope of the Long Beach aquarium. However, if you are at the pier and you have kids, it is a good place to come to see local sea life. If you join Heal the Bay, then you get in free, so we visit quite a bit. They have small sharks you can see... More 

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Belleville, Michigan
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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

This aquarium is very small and not really what you would think of when you normally go to an aquarium. There are some touching tanks that allow you to check out some of the ocean life that you would find around the area. Most of the aquarium is filled with conservation information and teaches you on how to do your... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Really needs work. Creepy looking and dirty. Day I was there a line of 50 kids were waiting. Hope they had fun but I thought it looked dirty.

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Los Angeles, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

This is a small aquarium under the Santa Monica Pier. It's run by Heal the Bay, a non-profit and it has a large volunteer base. If you're expecting marine mammal shows with over-the-top trainers then this isn't your place. Come here to learn what is in the water just off our coast and take the time to soak in all... More 

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Gatineau, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Good little aquarium made excellent by staff that supervise it. We learned about the areas biology. My daughters could touch star fish, crabs, sponge,and many other little sea creatures. You can observe the fauna that lives under the pier, a sea horse and a jelly fish. Kids can play and read and color. A nice break from the heat and... More 

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Bayville, New Jersey
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60 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

A great intro into Marine Biology for young children. Its small, but interesting. Lots of touch tanks and the staff are friendly, informative, and helpful. I think they are volunteers. Most of the exhibits are local specimens, not a lot of exotic species. Small but again, great for a young persons attention span. Adults who have had limited exposure to... More 

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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I took my grand-daughter to the Santa Monica Pier for 1 on 1 time for her 3rd birthday. I've been there several times before and it's always beautiful. We went to the aquarium (tiny, so not overwhelming) We then rode the carousel and finally the Pacific Ferris Wheel. All in all, it was a perfect way to spend time with... More 

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