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Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

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Address: 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone Number: 310 393 6149
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2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Fri 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Small but interesting

We went as a couple & would say we were only in there for 20 mins but if you had kids you could spend a lot longer. They have volunteers who are very knowledgable on the species... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We went as a couple & would say we were only in there for 20 mins but if you had kids you could spend a lot longer. They have volunteers who are very knowledgable on the species in the tanks, a small play area and a touch tank, there's also sharks & eels. $5 per person (over 12 years) worth... More 

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Santa Monica, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

a very small but interesting aquarium, a cool jellyfish exhibit, and doesn't take too long to check everything out.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

My kids couldn't get enough of the pier and arcade. Rides and games that can entertain for hours. Good fun for everyone!

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Santa Monica, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Small and easy to visit. Surprisingly wonderful variety of fish and shellfish, including sea horses. Very friendly and helpful staff, great for school groups. Nice touch tank where children can hold sea stars, urchins, sea cucumbers. Kids love it.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

We were lucky to go when they were feeding the sharks and the girls were able to feed them a fish! This was a trip highlight!!! They feed the sharks once a week so call ahead to find out when. The biologist there was so nice. When she saw how interested the girls were she even took out some stuff... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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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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Springfield
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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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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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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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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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