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Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, CA 90401
310 393 6149
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Ranked #17 of 45 Attractions in Santa Monica
Type: Aquariums, Science Museums
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Salinas, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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Doncaster, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Our second visit to the pier saw it with different eyes, a trip back in time. The walk ways have been replaced which was a step towards a facelift. School holidays, very busy, however was good to see the kids enjoying themselves. Love that wheel and its illuminations.

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california
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

It has a lot of variety, but it is not overwhelming for young children. You can visit in less than an hour. The volunteers and staff are knowledgeable and friendly.

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CA
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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Super small but still cute. 12 and under area free and I think it was a couple of bucks for the rest of our family. I wouldn't race down there to do that for the day because the whole place will take 30 min. But we still enjoyed ourselves.

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Porto Alegre, RS
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

very well maintained and clean. i love aquariums but this one is one of the best i've ever been to. dont miss it

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Fort Worth, Texas
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We recently visited the aquarium while we were at the Pier. It was an all adult group which was still fun and interesting but if you have children you should put this on your itinerary. It is a very small aquarium but it is very "hands-on" and informative in a fun way. There are volunteers throughout that are very helpful... More

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Philadelphia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

My husband and I stopped by this aquarium with our toddler when we decided the pier itself was not appealing. It is a little non-profit-feeling place with volunteer-types manning a tiny 3-room operation. Our son really enjoyed some unrestrained exploring time and there is plenty of hands-on stuff to do. It would be a nice activity for early walkers to... More

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USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I paid $5. My son 12 was free. For sure worth it. Nice little small aquarium. Nice tanks filled with interesting fish like eel, jelly fish sharks etc. Nice petting tank for smaller children. Not to be confused with Monterrey Bay or full size aquarium but for sure glad we went. Nice clean restrooms.

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Henderson, Nevada, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Went here about....two years ago(may 2013 is as far back as I could go but it was in like 2012) with my mother and my youngest siblings. It was 5 dollars donation and the kids enjoyed themselves. Not a huge aquarium but just right for little ones and if you have limited funds. Someone commented that they were hoping to... More

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Kensington, Maryland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

The aquarium was small but quite interesting. There were areas where you could pick up things and a great display of sea horses. I think it is great for small children as well as adults.

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