We went here for a visit with our two kids-- a 17 year old and a 20 year old. We had hoped to get to the Monterey Aquarium but chose this one as we were spending most of our time in the L.A. area. From my perspective, Chicago's Shedd Aquarium is among the top 3 in the United States. I would not rank this one as high, but would highly recommend it for young children. The Pacific has lots for kids to see up close and to touch. Tots can put their hands on sharks and rays. They can see over 14,000 live creatures throughout the facility.
A few suggestions: Arrive early and go right to the parking garage as it's the only practical place to park your car. Bring your AAA card if you have one. You'll save 10% on your tickets. Since it costs over $100 for four adults, the savings are worth it. Also, check the schedule for the live demonstrations and feedings. The young kids love them!
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