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Monterey Bay Aquarium

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Open Now: 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monterey Bay Aquarium Admission
From $49.95*
Monterey Bay Aquarium Admission
From $49.95*
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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...more
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886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940-1085
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I’ve been a member for many years and visit about twice per year. As a member I don’t have to wait in lines so if you are not a member try to go early. After all these years I never tire of the aquarium. It...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Phillip F
Reviewed yesterday

This aquarium is top notch. So much to see, we just did a quick visit but you could easily spend a day here. They focus so much on sustainable fishing and conservation, which provides a little motivation to make better choices. The aquarium also provides...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank knsking
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It deserves a visit. It’s good, clean and a good attraction to go with kids. Very easy access and nice seaside views.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 859camilob
Reviewed 4 days ago

We arrived as it opened and left when it closed. It was one of the best days we had had in ages. We planned the day and fitted in all the feeding sessions and every show in the Auditorium which were really informative and all...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank J4322DPjanb
Reviewed 5 days ago

A wonderful place for children and adults to visit- much to keep you busy. The various birds, seals etc....look well fed, and healthy. And there is a small area where the history of canning of the fish is explained. If you become hungry, you can...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Joseph P
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My husband had business meetings, so I spent my alone time at the aquarium. Warning: it is very expensive ... $50 for adults under 65.. discounts for seniors, military and students . I am none of the above, so I paid full price. It is...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The Monterey Bay Aquarium makes a great day trip for families with teenagers. There is plenty to do to keep teenagers busy all day. Everyone's highlight of the day was the private tour of the Sea Otter Conservation. Our guide, Sandy, was fantastic. She brought...More

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank Mevp3
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My family and I recently had a Behind the Scenes Tour at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. My youngest grandson, age almost 6, loved it as did we all! We were 4 adults and 2 children. We saw the scenes behind the exhibits of the aquarium....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank cherylyosh
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Whenever I visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium I can easily spend the whole day and be quite content! The displays are very well done and I always seem to find something new that I have never seen or noticed before! Beautiful fish and other underwater...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank CeliaS171
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium with my child who is almost 2. At first we thought the entrance fee was a little steep - USD 49.95 per adult. But we were quickly convinced that it was worth it! There is a kids area that has...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Grace T
October 12, 2018|
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Response from alloverglad | Reviewed this property |
We were there for 2 days and nights. We had a hire car and didn’t have any problems whatsoever. Enjoy the aquarium it’s awesome.
September 6, 2018|
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Response from BobBlogger | Reviewed this property |
Not cold and great for any age!
September 4, 2018|
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Response from kcipielewski | Reviewed this property |
Hello traveler, sorry I couldn't answer you until now. I don't believe they have lockers big enough to accomodate your needs, however, you can ask the front desk as a courtesy to hold your bags for you and they will! I... More
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