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Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

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Address: 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3120
Phone Number: 310 393 6149
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Tue - Fri 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Drove over 5hrs only to find that every shop on the pier is closed until 10-10:30am. We did get to park on the pier was great till it was time to leave. We arrived about 7am... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Martha B
Clovis, California
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New York City
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Tiny, rundown little facility with wonderful, friendly staff. Can go through the whole thing in 10 minutes. Only really worth it if you go with small kids.

Thank NewYorkTraveler7
west hills, ca
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

so much too see also its very exciting for kids my kids had a great time and not expensive at all i loved it

Thank 57sault
Clovis, California
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37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Drove over 5hrs only to find that every shop on the pier is closed until 10-10:30am. We did get to park on the pier was great till it was time to leave. We arrived about 7am couldn't find a single place open for coffee or breakfast then eventually found a typical McDonald's (which we didn't want). We enjoyed the peacefulness... More 

Thank Martha B
cape town
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127 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Children will enjoy this little aquarium situated at the end of the pier. Its worth a look once youre at the pier

Thank divacape
Indianapolis, Indiana
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24 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took the family, everyone had something to do! The view was Beautiful. It was great being able to ride , eat and go to the beach. They was shopping, and just so much to do! Loved it and the best weather!!!

Thank srowrow7
Denver, Colorado
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16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a nice, small aquarium that specializes in aquatic animals that are indigenous to the Santa Monica Bay. The people were all very friendly and the price was only $5. Not a very big place and definitely geared towards younger children.

Thank jinxkmdh
North Hollywood, CA
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love this little gem of an aquarium. Everyone is very informational. My daughter and nephew were able to touch almost everything. They have a lot of different types of starfish and cucumbers. Things I have never paid attention too at the big aquariums. Good kids activities. They even have seal skin that you can touch! Love this place!!!!

Thank MissKiaBaby
Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

the aquarium is on the end of the pier ,great for kids,very small.few tanks two levels to the place.

Thank cheryl222016
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

Enjoyed it very much, view of the sea and beach was beautiful. Few shops and restaurants are available, car parking lot is also available but I think it was not free.

Thank Barmajiat B
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

This is a very small aquarium and seems to be run mostly by volunteers. They're all very friendly, passionate and knowledgeable and I learnt quite a bite while I was there. There is a touch tank where children can touch some varied creatures all of which can be found in the bay. The aim of this place seems to be... More 

Thank Marcimo_NZ

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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 coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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