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Monterey Bay Aquarium

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Address: 886 Cannery Row at David Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940-1085
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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First-rate aquarium. A portion of the exhibits changes so there is always something new to see. But the permanent exhibits are worth seeing over and over again. The Kelp Forest is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Katherine L
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Pleasant Hill, California
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Pleasant Hill, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

First-rate aquarium. A portion of the exhibits changes so there is always something new to see. But the permanent exhibits are worth seeing over and over again. The Kelp Forest is amazing by its sheer size. The otters are so cute and put on quite a show, appearing to be having lots of fun. The octopus exhibits are a favorite... More 

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Thank Katherine L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have been very fortunate to visit some excellent Aquariums around the world during my travels so I guess I was slightly disappointed that the Monterey Bay Aquarium didn’t measure up to these, especially when considering the $50 entrance fee for an adult. The large tanks, especially the Kelp one, are very good, but for that price I would have... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Truly one of the best aquariums in the world. The octopus, jellyfish, and cuttlefish displays are absolutely amazing. A definite must-see California destination.

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Gilroy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Always enchanting and educational. Went to members only night. A great opportunity to see the aquarium in the evening with very few there. Cafe and bar open. The food is always fresh and delicious.

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Thank Lynette F
Sacramento, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Never disappoints. A MUST experience! Good for all ages. The touch tank is always a thrill for kids! For us oldies, it reminds us of how lucky we are to live on the coast.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Highlights were probably the kelp display which really demonstrated its purpose, the otters which are a hoot, and the deep sea talk - when they fed the sardines, it was absolutely mesmerising. Definitely worthwhile.

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

Do not miss this tourist attraction. Ignore all the other aquariums on offer in California and just come here. The local wildlife are outstanding and the displays are amazing. The teenagers listed this location in their top five from our 3 week California trip.

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Thank Catherine C
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Loved this place even though it was quite crowded! Great hands on activities for the kids. Wall to the ocean is mesmerising as is the giant kelp forest. Sea otters were super cute but be warned feeding time gets massively crowded. We ate in the restaurant but found it to be very expensive...bring a packed lunch if you can.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I have always wanted to come here since I was a kid. I just adore aquariums! Adult tickets are essentially $50 (I'm rounding up the prices), students with ID are $40, and children 3 & under are free. This aquarium is also a conservation and research project center. The displays are amazing. My 2 year old nephew enjoyed the touch... More 

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Martinez, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We got our tickets at our hotel desk. 2 days for the price of 1! I'm sooo glad we did as our 3 and 5 year olds were tired by lunch! We saw sharks being fed, huge highlight of my boys, and so many interesting things. We are all looking forward to another adventure here in year or so, when... More 

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