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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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Great for kids

Lots of things to see and learn and it's small so not overwhelming. Kids can touch the animals and see that they are pretty cool.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Terri D
Santa Monica, CA

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Santa Monica, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Lots of things to see and learn and it's small so not overwhelming. Kids can touch the animals and see that they are pretty cool.

Thank Terri D
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,725 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Conveniently located but small - not a lot to see but probably more appealing to young kids than adults.

Thank RonWamberal
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I should have come here first to read the reviews. I walked in took one spin around the place and was finished in 5 minutes. I found the place to be very run down and dirty. Would not recommend this and definitely not worth the money.

Thank Melissa W
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016 via mobile

If you walk in the door to the register, that's pretty much it! Good way to kill 15mins but didn't find it that interesting. the people are lovely and can spin a good yarn if your looking to kill some more time.

Thank Y4896BWmattp
Los Angeles, California
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42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

This is a nice little aquarium under the pier. The fee is donation based. I have taken my 2 kids there a few times and they always enjoy themselves. They have a fun touch pool and coloring activities and puppets to play with too.

Thank Happyowl97
New York City
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36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016

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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27 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016

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

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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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