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Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

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Address: 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone Number: 310 393 6149
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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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This is a small aquarium that runs demonstrations and learning activities for all ages. It is a nice sight to see and the creatures are cool!

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 3, 2016
Brendan P
Englewood, New Jersey

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Englewood, New Jersey
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139 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

This is a small aquarium that runs demonstrations and learning activities for all ages. It is a nice sight to see and the creatures are cool!

Thank Brendan P
Los Angeles, California
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73 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

This is a GEM at the foot of the Santa Monica Pier. Touch tanks, sharks, sea jellies, octopi, WOW! Take the kids, take the relatives from back east, take the elderly neighbor! They will all be amazed that this small aquarium can hold so much! The docents are very knowledgeable! When someone asked a question about kelp, they had a... More 

1 Thank dylansmommy
Santa Monica, California
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38 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Interesting little Aquarium that has activities for children and great eco learning opportunities. You can't really compare it to the Long Beach Aquarium but it is a nice place to take younger preschool children and there are several ice cream places nearby.

Thank Leah B
Athens, Georgia
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127 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

The people are very nice here, but there's not a whole lot to see. I browsed through and was asking myself if I was missing something, or if there was another room that I didn't see? But it was still a cute little place to pop-in if there's not a line waiting or the Pier looks too crowded and you... More 

Thank Amanda H
Sacramento, California
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47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

We been coming here for decades! It changes, but we still love it. Arrived just in time to watch the sunset this time. Then wandered the pier in search of food. Ended up at Bubba Gumps because the "Italian place" our hotelier had recommended wasn't open yet. It's always fun at the pier and beach! The Bubba Gumps was good... More 

2 Thank CleveandKat
Charlotte, North Carolina
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

Lovely little jewel tucked away below the Santa Monica Pier. We've visited the pier twice before and never knew this aquarium was there! Only $5 for adults and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Our group's age range was 32 - 65 and we spent over an hour there! Small, but compact, and large aquariums for the space. Amazing fish indigenous to... More 

2 Thank Linda W
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

It's only $5 for adults, kids 12 and under are totally free. It's only a small place so a visit will only take about an hour but the staff are so friendly and helpful - both of my kids were really inspired by the way the staff explained things. We were able to touch starfish and crabs etc which was... More 

Thank LonePineKath
Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

What they lack in size, they make up for in customer service. The room was very small, maybe the size of a 1 bedroom apartment, but there were plenty of staff and volunteers to tell us all about the different animals and fish that were there! Very interesting, we stayed for over an hour. $5 entry is worth it, and... More 

Thank Emily W
Georgian Bay, Canada
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35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015 via mobile

Admission is only $5 for adults Kids 12 and under are free. Good selection of small sea life. A neat touch table for the kids. Open tank with sharks was a highlight too. The staff seemed happy to be there and were very helpful in educating my kids about the sea animals.

Thank Kelly H
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

They have activitys for kids where they learn about the ocean and all of it's creatures. Kids can touch animal sand plantas, and learn a lot in the laboratory.

Thank Amparo B

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