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Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, CA 90401
310 393 6149
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Ranked #18 of 45 attractions in Santa Monica
Type: Aquariums, Science Museums
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CA
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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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45 reviews 45 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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
8 helpful votes 8 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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
2 helpful votes 2 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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Scottsdale, Arizona
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Although it's small, there is a good selection of things to look at and touch for kids. However if they've been to larger aquariums, this will disappoint.

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Sooke, BC
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8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

We went to this little aquarium by curiosity and it was nice but it is made for small children. Lots of hands on activities and very kid friendly staff. Children were having a great time in there.

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New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

Relaxing view by the Santa Monica Pier. We had a picnic and listen to people playing music. The aquarium is not what we wanted to see.

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