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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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12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Fri 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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A little gem under the pier

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Santa Monica, California
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Santa Monica, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

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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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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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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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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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7 attraction reviews
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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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Santa Monica, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

a very small but interesting aquarium, a cool jellyfish exhibit, and doesn't take too long to check everything out.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

My kids couldn't get enough of the pier and arcade. Rides and games that can entertain for hours. Good fun for everyone!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Small and easy to visit. Surprisingly wonderful variety of fish and shellfish, including sea horses. Very friendly and helpful staff, great for school groups. Nice touch tank where children can hold sea stars, urchins, sea cucumbers. Kids love it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

We were lucky to go when they were feeding the sharks and the girls were able to feed them a fish! This was a trip highlight!!! They feed the sharks once a week so call ahead to find out when. The biologist there was so nice. When she saw how interested the girls were she even took out some stuff... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

This aquarium is pretty good for being a small aquarium, they have baby sharks, starfish, moray eels, fish, jelly fish, and other cool sea creatures. They also have a little kids area.

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