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Monterey Bay Aquarium

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886 Cannery Row at David Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940-1085
+1 831-648-4800
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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.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good20%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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886 Cannery Row at David Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940-1085
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We spent the day at the aquarium. Seven hours. I am still amazed by all the interesting things we saw. We are a mature couple and it was fascinating. We went on weekday so not huge crowd. I received news from home about death of...More

Thank Gregs0n
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This used to be such a fun family location to visit... and it still is, but seriously? The admission price of $50 for a few hours of walking around looking at the beautiful fish, is WAY too pricey for a family of 4.

Thank Kari G
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a fascinating, educational place full of wonderful discoveries at every turn! Enjoy the exhibits, learn during their many educational programs throughout the day and be sure to watch the otters and penguins during feeding time! This aquarium offers whale spotting...More

Thank Tom and Jan B
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is the aquarium to see. The settings are so great you will think you are in the ocean. Get your ticket at your hotel and you can skip the long line to get tickets and our Marriott hotel purchased tickets let us return for...More

Thank MesaMike
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

-not that there’s many options. The Monterey bay aquarium has a very interesting history and is fueled entirely by a passion for marine conservation. This has been one of my favorite places to visit since I was a child, and I’ve gone back several times...More

Thank kim p
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a must visit for people in the area. It is pricey but well worth it and your money goes to a good cause.

Thank Gina S
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is by far our favorite aquarium, we live over 5 hours away but purchased annual passes and we visit several times a year. The exhibits and marine life are a joy to observe in wonder.

Thank myteslaadventure
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Reviewed 5 days ago

It was 50$ entrance fee per adult. There are special feeding events which are fun to watch. I loved the jellyfish in particular. Various activities for smaller kids, very educational.

Thank Bubblechoc
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We did get a reduced rate for our visit. Was supposed to be $49 but were only charged $39 since it was Valentines day. Try to see all the feedings. Was disappointed that I wanted to see the shark movie, showed up 1 minute after...More

Thank azsailor
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is my third visit to the MBA. The aquarium is fresh and lively. The exhibits are inspiring and thought provoking.

Thank DSergi
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XgyrlX
January 3, 2018|
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Response from Sharon V | Reviewed this property |
The only risk to the baby might be the fact that he/she be around many people and can catch the flu or something like that. Other than that,the aquarium is very safe, mostly indoor and it’s big enough so you don’t feel how... More
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Missusbugatti
November 24, 2017|
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Response from andreamckenna | Reviewed this property |
We travelled on Highway 101 and it was fine. It is a long journey so we broke it up by stopping off at Pismo Beach
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Lucymcg123
August 30, 2017|
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Response from Nadav S | Reviewed this property |
The Shark tour is nice but I would not say that this is the main attraction
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