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Monterey Bay Aquarium

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886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940-1085
+1 831-648-4800
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Monterey Bay Aquarium Admission
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$680.00*
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Private Full-Day Trip Up Pacific Coast Highway with Pickup
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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 ocean.
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  • Very good20%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“feeding times” (180 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940-1085
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+1 831-648-4800
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"fish"
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"octopus"
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"feeding times"
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"sea otters"
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"great exhibits"
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"behind the scenes"
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"all ages"
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"world class"
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"monterey bay"
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"sardines"
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"kids and adults"
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"marine life"
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"great for kids"
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"cannery row"
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Reviewed yesterday

We come here every time we're in Monterey. I think it's a little too expensive, but my husband loves fish, sometimes people mistake him for a tour guide. Next time I'll see if I can get advance tickets from AAA or something save a little...More

1  Thank Sandra H
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Reviewed yesterday

Especially about the sea otters. We took a special tour of the research facilities and enjoyed the highly informative explanation of the recent history. Great for kids as well as adults to help understand the balance of animal life with plant life - under the...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This aquarium features different themes of aquatic life, including fish, birds, wavy environments and deep sea creatures. It is a great place to teach children the value of our oceans. The little environmentally friendly details like paper straws for refreshments at the restaurant and spots...More

2  Thank pi_jeff
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We were here last, when it opened it was great then but now it is amazing. Such an experience we spent a good four hours here. The guides were so helpful and knowledgeable we learnt so much it was something we will talk about for...More

2  Thank peterdisyd
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I enjoyed our visit, just wish we wouldn't have picked a Saturday to go. Too many kids!!!! $ 50 per person is a bit steep, too. We've seen pretty much all they had here on dives we've done, but for the person who hasn't been...More

2  Thank dmsrdh
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This place is out of sight, it's educational, entertaining, and enjoyable for families, kids and adults. In an attempt to see everything (which we didn't complete) we spent about six hours there. They do have food there, but bring your own coffee mug if you...More

1  Thank Mike M
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Spent more than half a day at this fabulous aquarium and still did not see everything. Take the time to sit for the special presentations and talk with the docents. The visit with an albatross was my favorite although the otters were very cute. Every...More

1  Thank lps p
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Whether you're a local just looking for someplace to go for a day or you're from out of town, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a great place to visit. Lots of interesting animals to see and learn about. Fun for all ages.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

At first I wasn’t keen on going, how different could it be from our hometown aquarium? Walking up to the very first display took my breath away! Could be a little pricey for a family, but we spent hours walking around and being wowed.

1  Thank Disney91
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Y birthday on the 19th. Enjoying life with wife. Good eats and good stay. Love being a member and visit every year.

1  Thank dbjx33
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Kriya B
May 16, 2018|
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Response from mpe12 | Reviewed this property |
Late afternoon, midweek
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Ellie C
May 7, 2018|
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Response from 2015JTF | Reviewed this property |
I would telephone the Aquarium to be sure. Frankly, the noise levels, the crowds, and often dark recesses of the building (to allow you to view the lighted tanks better) may be upsetting to your animal. You would not want... More
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April 25, 2018|
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We drove from Monterey to San Francisco and was all motor way. The most scenic drive was from Monterey to Big sur
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