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Monterey Bay Aquarium

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Closed Now: 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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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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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940-1085
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Reviewed yesterday

It seems redundant to write a review on the aquarium after thousands of others have done so. This is a beautiful place to visit and I highly recommend doing so, especially if you have kids. Here are some tips for ensuring a wonderful experience. 1....More

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank 996thailas
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

One of the 10 largest aquariums in the world, with many attractions and special sessions for children. It was an amazing experience that made up for the high value of the tickets. It is practically a must for anyone going to Monterey.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed yesterday

mmm i do like it..and more..it was a place for my honey moon...but only my spouse come here...one day i hope to go there soon...i wish to all travellers to come here and stay to watch the ocean...it is so called ..the west of the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank kandzinos
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Be prepared to spend several hours seeing everything... two stories of majestic sea creatures. I knew how amazing the ocean was from TV shoes but to see this much in person...wow. Not only could you roam around and watch the tanks but you had interactive...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

nice place for all generation..take tour and do not scare...there a lot of incredible...animals...of course fish..and more.in aquarium u can byu a many souveniers too about the pacific ocean and beauty of it...it is really funny and amazing...so why do not u taste it...take care...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Give yourself at least a couple hours here. Try to go early or later just before closing as it can get very busy here. Exhibits are in excellent shape and very well maintained. Don’t forget to go outside and see some of the views which...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We went in around midday which in hindsight was probably not the best time as it was really busy. Some really good exhibits and we were in there for over 3 hours. Clearly very good for kids with lots of educational material. The sea otters...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank cm9720
Reviewed 2 days ago

First off let me say I'm not big on aquariums, but hey! everyone likes to see Otters at feeding time!! It's very educational & there's obviously lots to see, but I just thought it was too expensive for what it isMore

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank Chris P
MontereyBayAquarium, Sales Supervisor at Monterey Bay Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello Chris, I am very glad that you enjoyed seeing one of our sea otter feedings. Thank you for also leaving your feedback regarding our admission rates. Operating, maintaining and improving a world-class public aquarium is very expensive, and admission fees are what cover all...More

Reviewed 2 days ago

Monterey Aquarium completely lived up to expectations! It can't be missed if you are traveling to or through Monterey. Even the teens loved the hands on exhibits and touching a sting ray, sea cucumber and others. Lunch looking out over the bay while watching sea...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank mbdcvine
Reviewed 2 days ago

My wife and I took our three young sons to the aquarium ~ 15 years ago. It was amazing! I recently took my 19 year old son there. We had a nice time and took some pictures, but it wasn't the same. We were there...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Jo F
July 19, 2019|
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Response from Jake S |
When we brought tickets in advance they were for specific dates. We were advised locally (on the Monterey Peninsula) to be at the Aquarium when it opened (9:30) because it got crowded FAST. There was a modest line already by... More
May 7, 2019|
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Response from Niah707 | Reviewed this property |
Hi. I think we took the 101South to 156 West to 1South from San Francisco to Monterey. If you've never driven on the left side of the road, some find it a challenge switching (I can't do the reverse but my spouse can... More
April 13, 2019|
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Response from deborahbailey99 | Reviewed this property |
You don't have to. Hundreds of people go daily without problems