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Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

If you are at the Santa Monica pier the aquarium is worth a quick visit. Admission is a modest fee that goes to support the educational mission. There is one room with several displays. The touch tank had a variety of different animals. The staff...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank LSQRD1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For only $5 it was actually a very informative aquarium and the animals seemed well-cared for. Most, if not all of the fish were local to the SoCal area and they had workers to answer questions. For a small, one-room aquarium they have a lot...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank corbyers111
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very small aquarium under the pier at Santa Monica. It cost $5 to get in. I loved the shark pups and the area where you can see the shark egg cases in tanks. There is also a little touch tank as well....More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank hmill42894
Reviewed July 2, 2019 via mobile

Although it is very small, the aquarium has a wide and beautiful array of different species and the staff is incredibly informed and friendly. The touch pools had cool animals that we had never seen at other aquariums, like sea slugs and crabs. The overall...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank sydneyella01
Reviewed June 5, 2019

A tucked away surprise for the ocean lovers both young and old. Aquarium is quite small in comparison to most but has a wide range of exotic ocean life to be viewed. If you are interested in seeing what lies below the ocean waters that...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank melissa_luiso1
Reviewed April 21, 2019

This is a very small aquarium, but for a minimal entry fee, it is well worth it. We got to see the staff feed sea horses and they let us feed sea stars. My kids loved it. The staff was so fantastic, especially a man...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Brooke014
Reviewed April 7, 2019 via mobile

We considered the cost of admission to be a donation because there just wasn’t much to this museum if you didn’t have small children. However, I’m sure this would be a great place, close to the beach, if your little ones needed some time out...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank DR815
Reviewed March 19, 2019

Free aquarium for adults to learn and touch the various types of fish. great experience for all. 2 story.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank maso61
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
Thank Hardial_13
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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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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