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Monterey Bay Aquarium

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Address: 886 Cannery Row at David Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940-1085
Phone Number: +1 831-648-4888
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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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Love this aquarium....great for adults as well as kids.

Great place to visit...lots of interesting exhibits with lots of fish of all sizes. Especially like the 'outer bay' exhibit...where they have the bigger fish that you would find... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Cameron Park, California
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Cameron Park, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great place to visit...lots of interesting exhibits with lots of fish of all sizes. Especially like the 'outer bay' exhibit...where they have the bigger fish that you would find farther from shore. But they have exhibits of sharks, octopi (sp?), and jelly fish. Extremely well put together.

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Napa, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Admission tickets are expensive, thus consider joining as a member. Plan several hours to visit all the exhibits. The cafeteria is quite good. Wifi is very good and free. Excellent gift shops, especially for kids.

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Placentia, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is an amazing place. There are various sections that emphasize the kind of sea life you would find there. For example Reefs and Baja were two sections in particular that I really enjoyed. The aquarium is the exact opposite of the Fish Concentration Camp we saw in Big Sur. Here, the fish and sea life have... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Superb! What an amazing place to visit, I was a bit worried by the price, but well worth it. Spent over 4 hours taking in all the beauty at the bottom of the sea, so well thought out.

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New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Clean and organized. Good presentations. Traffic flowed smoothly. Good variety of species. Hands on exhibits. Atmosphere comfortable. Noise level low. Easy to get to.

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This venue is a must see when in Monterey. Especially interesting is the Oceans section where all kinds of fish swim about. Bedlam broke at feeding time. Should not miss this place.

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Swan Hill, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The brilliant interactive places for kids to touch, feel and play with sea life, the ease of navigation o the whole complex and the beautiful way the fish, plants and aquatic life are displayed is gorgeous. The demonstrations about feeding, conservation etc are brilliant and the staff are very helpful! A great day out!

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Upfront: yes, I know tickets aren't cheap. But each time I've been here, I have felt like it was money well spent. For one thing, the Aquarium does amazing scientific work, so your tickets support that work. And then more important to your experience: The Aquarium does a fantastic job of keeping up its many many exhibitions. There are also... More 

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

We come regularly. This attraction offers many different opportunities for learning and enjoyment. The place can be busy depending on tour groups

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The already high expectations were exceeded by this aquarium. As some of the family are not as keen as I am on this sort of experience, it was especially telling that everyone enjoyed our visit. The displays were well set out, the talks very informative and the staff good at dealing with July holiday crowds. Get there early to beat... More 

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