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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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Tue - Fri 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Like in the movies

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2015
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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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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

We were greeted by friendly and knowledgeable staff. There is a reasonable entrance fee for operating expenses. The aquarium illustrates the local marine life and provides entertainment in the form of touching some of the marine life. We did feel some sorrow for the sharks being captive in small tanks as opposed to roaming the ocean. But overall the aquarium... More 

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Cleveland, OH
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Educational, 'touch area' where you can touch starfish and other sea things, couple tanks with fish in it - seems more geared towards families with small kids.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

The place it tiny with a tanks with sea urchins, sea slugs, hermit crabs and star fishes for you to touch. It's run by young volunteers hence has a certain kind of charm.

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

A very small museum, where children can actually touch some of the sea creatures. Some nice workshops are taking place at the museum.

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Santa Monica, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This is a great place for a short aquarium visit with kids, a class trip, or a birthday party. We've been there many times with the kids especially when they were little. They have a lot for a very small space.

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Santa Monica, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Stay for an hour just so your kids can say they've seen the place. It's really better for smaller kids and has limited games/rides. Everything is CRAZY overpriced (I paid $4 for a bottle of water) and food is mediocre. There are some cool looking restaurants on the pier and the views are amazing. But if you don't like crowds,... More 

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

What a lovely place! Run mostly by volunteers this is a cute but small aquarium. Great fun for kids and a bargain entry price of $5 (free for kids) you can afford to go more than once. Volunteers very friendly and helpful. Free creative stuff for kids also. Anyone giving this place a poor review is just mean. Keep up... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

The pier is a must visit at least once. It is always busy and lots of fun for the kids including the rides. Good for a couple of hours but then walk over to 3rd Street Promenade to have lunch or dinner.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

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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Additional Information about Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

Address: Address: 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone Number: 310 393 6149
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thursday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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