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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
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Fri 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Very nice place

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Barmajiat B

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North Hollywood, CA
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Oceanside, California
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21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

It's not what one would normally expect from an aquarium, especially if you've been to the one in Long Beach, CA or near Carmel. But, it is wonderful for small children and provides enough information to peek an interest in marine life, our eco system, and the importance of not littering. When we were there they had a wonderful hands... More 

Thank L B
Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

This little aquarium is well worth a visit If you are on the pier or the beach. It's inexpensive and the children really enjoy the experience. There is lots to see, learn and touch. The collection was fascinating and the volunteer staff were particularly informative. Us adults learnt things too and there are feeding observations and colouring / cut outs... More 

Thank Margaret L
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

Not much here. You're pretty much done after 10 to 15 mins. It's one room and then another exhibit called The Green Room was closed.

Thank Ken M
Leeton, Australia
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

We always visit aquariums and this one is only small but full of a great assortment of local sea creatures. Well set out and a fun way to spend a little time. They are doing great work for the local sea environment. Well done and well run.

Thank kgarwood27
Lawrence, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is an excellent place to learn more about the plants and animals that make up the ocean and, especially, the beach eco-system. It is a great place for the children to learn and get a close up experience with these.

Thank buffalojim67
los angeles
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18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

Visited the aquarium with a group of children between ages 3 and 10. Visit was thoroughly enjoyed by all, including adults. Many exhibits are hands on, and accessible for little ones to see and reach. All info was given so children could understand. The enthusiastic employees held everyone's attention. I'm sure we will return many times.

Thank sqw

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