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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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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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 10, 2015
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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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Redlands, California
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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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Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
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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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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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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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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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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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Additional Information about Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

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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