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Monterey Bay Aquarium

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Address: 886 Cannery Row at David Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940-1085
Phone Number: +1 831-648-4888
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Located at the ocean's edge, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a window to...

Located at the ocean's edge, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a window to marine life -- for dive masters and non-swimmers alike. It's home to sea otters, penguins, sharks, jellies and thousands of other marine animals and plants. Its mission is to inspire conservation of the oceans.

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Upon entering Monterrey Bay Aquarium, you are greeted by friendly and helpful staff who will do their best to make your visit enjoyable. Anyone interested in the ocean and it's... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Upon entering Monterrey Bay Aquarium, you are greeted by friendly and helpful staff who will do their best to make your visit enjoyable. Anyone interested in the ocean and it's marine life will immediately embrace the Aquarium. It is located on Monterey Bay and is accessible through the many balconies and the tactile exhibits as well as the penguins and... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit here. Well worth it. Great exhibits. Favorites were the jelly fish room, the tentacles exhibition and the otters. Used our SF citipass tickets.

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Westchester County, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We spent an entire day here and it was well worth the time. We were with our two adult children, and we all loved it. Try to get there early in the day.

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Morgan Hill, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Although we thought the prices were a little high, we decided we couldn't miss this sight. I'm glad we did. It wasn't too crowded and is a beautiful setting right on the bay. They have 15-min films every half hour, which provide a nice place to take a load off. The sea otter one was particularly good. All the staff... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I visited with a friend, and was amazed and delighted with everything I saw. I only had a few hours which was definitely not enough.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Not much more to add, but I grew up with this aquarium and inspire of my travels around the world, nothing beats the Monterey Aquarium (I will concede I have not visited the Atlanta Aquarium, but a landlocked aquarium is an oxymoron.) One of the coolest parts of the Monterey Aquarium is that it is a true research facility and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a top notch and extraordinary aquarium! Exhibits are changed so even the locals keep going back! This is a must do for families with children of all ages, friends or couples!

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Cameron Park, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great place to visit...lots of interesting exhibits with lots of fish of all sizes. Especially like the 'outer bay' exhibit...where they have the bigger fish that you would find farther from shore. But they have exhibits of sharks, octopi (sp?), and jelly fish. Extremely well put together.

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Napa, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Admission tickets are expensive, thus consider joining as a member. Plan several hours to visit all the exhibits. The cafeteria is quite good. Wifi is very good and free. Excellent gift shops, especially for kids.

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Placentia, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is an amazing place. There are various sections that emphasize the kind of sea life you would find there. For example Reefs and Baja were two sections in particular that I really enjoyed. The aquarium is the exact opposite of the Fish Concentration Camp we saw in Big Sur. Here, the fish and sea life have... More 

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