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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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Small but interesting site

Nicely uncommercial site with just a few tanks all of indigenous species. Younger kids seemed to be enjoying themselves touching animals and learning a lot. The antithesis of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

This was a lovely place to visit with my little girl. It wasn't massive and only $5 in. She thoroughly enjoyed looking at all the different fish and sea life, touching a starfish and watching the sting ray and sharks being fed! Staff were friendly and informative.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

My daughter saw the sign for the Aquarium and we decided on a whim to go - initially because if it was a bust it wouldn't cost much. We spent maybe upto an hour here and got to learn a lot about sea life! We saw sharks growing in their egg sacks, baby sharks, small adult sharks and got to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Nicely uncommercial site with just a few tanks all of indigenous species. Younger kids seemed to be enjoying themselves touching animals and learning a lot. The antithesis of the larger well known aquariums and no bad thing for that. Seems to be volunteer run with an emphasis on research and education. If you are near the pier it's definitely worth... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We visited (2 adults, 12yr old & 8yr old) one afternoon after spending the day on the beach and pier. It is only $5 an adult and children 12 and under are free. This aquarium is run by volunteers and the plan is not to be the finest aquarium in the world, don't expect massive tanks with sharks and turtles... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We spent an interesting 30 minutes in here. Not shark reef in las vegas., but the teens and the little kiddos thought it was cool. They touched all kinds of sea creatures and learned a little something while on vacation. It was definitely worth the $5 for the adults and teens, the little kiddos were free. Free is always good.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Visited the aquarium today and not quite as expected. It was $5 to get in and it's run by volunteers. At first I almost turned and walked out but after looking closer it was actually quite interesting. The kids touched star fish, crabs etc and chatted to a very knowledgeable volunteer. We only spent 20-30 mins in there but they... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

First it's not really an aquarium. It's one room with a couple fish tanks. The ones where they let you touch the creatures are cool. My kids liked that. But it is not really a big thing to do as it takes under 30 minutes. It's ok if you are there anyway.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

This is run by volunteers that are trying to bring awareness of our marine life to all visitors. We came some years back when it was new and they have done such a great job with their donations. Only $5 for each person, and a lot for the little ones to do. So much to look at and enjoy!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Touch tank was a cool experience for my 5 yo. $5 entrance fee for adults. Nice bathroom and way to stay out of the sun for a half hour.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

The thing I like the most about being here, is to feel straight up in Hollywood. Like you just walked into a movie set, get yourself an ice cream and ticket for a ride. Fun afternoon to chill by the ocean, hollywood style.

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