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Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

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Reviewed November 25, 2018

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is a nice place to spend some quality time. The place is little small but still you can enjoy here.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 18, 2018

Can't remember the last occassion when I went into an aquarium , this visit better than any before so many more species than I could have . Some I do not remember seeing in my life til now . Brilliant .

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

I was expecting to see a bigger place but I guess if you are going with small children then it’s ok. They have touching pools and if you stay long enough you can feed the sharks (I don’t know if it’s everyday or just selected...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 31, 2018

This is one great aquarium for such a low price. I came with my daughter and her friend and only paid $5!!! For such a tiny place, it packed a lot of fun things to do for both kids and grown ups. We showed up...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 6, 2018

Enjoyed a fun filled afternoon with our 3 year old toddler. Did some rides, did some walking around and enjoyed some the the street performers. Good fun.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank MarcelU1968
Reviewed July 26, 2018

A great place to quickly bring the kids if you want to have a bit of fun for 30 minutes or so! The aqarium itself is quite small and doesn't have a lot of space. If you're looking for something with sharks or dolphins then...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed June 9, 2018 via mobile

It cost us $14.00 per day at their public parking, if we had done our home work on the pier itself is $3.00 per hour. We only stayed for about an hour. I thought the pier would be more besides the rides. I liked Venice...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Frank R
Reviewed May 28, 2018

Yes, its a great please to take the kids to. I recommend it. Easy access and just the right size for young kids attention spans.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed January 23, 2018

If you have young kids - this may be a fun, $5 and 30min diversion. But for adults...we spent almost 30 mins walking up and down the pier trying to find this place, finally were given correct directions by a local, and found this tiny,...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed January 16, 2018 via mobile

It's cheap, and it's fun for young kids. It's only one big room and dwell time is about 30 minutes but with the touching pools it's great for kids. Worth the admission price.

Date of experience: January 2018
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Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a
balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a
thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers,
roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the
famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles
weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa
Monica pier spins high above the water, while park
revelers scream with delight riding the roller
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Visiting LA Dec 26 - Jan 01 (15 Replies)
Hello, we are a family of 5, youngest 15 yrs. Will be visiting LA between Dec 26 and Jan 01. We have preliminary visit plan for separate days not necessarily in this order: Day 1 one of the Film studios Universal or Warner Bro's or Paramount, Day 2 Disneyland, Day 3 Santa Monica Pier Aquarium and Day 4 Staples Center to see NBA or NHL game. Would like to get ideas/advise 1. Good hotel location in safe area to make day trips to above attractions. Our hotel budget is ca. USD 2500 -...More
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The world famous Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade on New Years Day and the many activities the days before like marching bands, rose float building brings many tens of thousands of tourists and visitors to Los Angeles during this week. You can youtube videos of Rose Parade to see what it is like. Hotels near Pasadena, Downtown and maybe Hollywood and other places might higher priced than usual and tourist places like Disneyland, Hollywood, Universal are usually more crowded. So look around...More
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We have two days around LA. August 26 and 27 I was looking at two tours offered in La GO LOS ANGELES DAY CAR or CITY PASS I am not sure which one would be better to buy? We are staying close to Santa Monica. I hear that it is possible to buy the go Los Angelest card and city pass almost everywhere in LA. If we will go with go LA Card I was thinking to buy it someplace in Santa Monica and start tour there 1. Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, 2. Hop on hop off yellow Route (2hrs) 3 La...More
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Hi I have bought the city pass and will use it august 8 th. I will let you know how it goes! Familytrippers
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Kids and LA (7 Replies)
We are visiting LA for a few days with a 4 year old. Beyond Disney, any other attractions to be recommeded? Outdoor would be great. What is the zoo like? Is the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium worth a trip? Thanks in advance. Reza
March 21, 2007|
Response fromphaminator|
The zoo is nice. SM beach would be nice for the kid to run around and dig in ... watch out for the surf (or search for Baby Beach in Marina Del Rey ... it's more of a lagoon). SM pier is nice as well as it has rides and a carousel. My kids liked the Museum of Natural History as well ...