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Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

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1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3120
+1 310-393-6149
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  • Average24%
  • Poor6%
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“sea life” (12 reviews)
“touch tank” (11 reviews)
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1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3120
Santa Monica
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+1 310-393-6149
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"sea life"
in 12 reviews
"touch tank"
in 11 reviews
"star fish"
in 8 reviews
"sea cucumbers"
in 6 reviews
"run by volunteers"
in 6 reviews
"small sharks"
in 5 reviews
"interactive activities"
in 2 reviews
"school groups"
in 2 reviews
"great for kids"
in 5 reviews
"long beach"
in 5 reviews
"santa monica pier"
in 8 reviews
"couple of hours"
in 2 reviews
"tanks"
in 31 reviews
"starfish"
in 12 reviews
"creatures"
in 9 reviews
"heal"
in 7 reviews
"educational"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It cost us $14.00 per day at their public parking, if we had done our home work on the pier itself is $3.00 per hour. We only stayed for about an hour. I thought the pier would be more besides the rides. I liked Venice...More

Thank Frank R
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Yes, its a great please to take the kids to. I recommend it. Easy access and just the right size for young kids attention spans.

Thank bill1241
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Reviewed January 23, 2018

If you have young kids - this may be a fun, $5 and 30min diversion. But for adults...we spent almost 30 mins walking up and down the pier trying to find this place, finally were given correct directions by a local, and found this tiny,...More

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Reviewed January 16, 2018 via mobile

It's cheap, and it's fun for young kids. It's only one big room and dwell time is about 30 minutes but with the touching pools it's great for kids. Worth the admission price.

1  Thank WorldTraveler1976
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Reviewed November 20, 2017

My husband and I went to the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium while we were at the pier. It was a $5 per adult admission and kids under a certain age were free. It was a very small display inside and geared toward small children, although...More

2  Thank TheAverageTourist
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Reviewed September 28, 2017

Didn't actually go in. It looked like the type of place that if you had small children it would be worth the entrance fee, otherwise I wouldn't and didn't bother.

Thank Bossy075
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Reviewed September 10, 2017

We'd heard about Santa Monica in songs, advertisements, and travel guides, so we put it on our list of things to do whilst in the area. One of the "attractions" at Santa Monica Pier was the aquarium, so we gave it a whirl. I don't...More

1  Thank AmigoMarlz
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Reviewed August 29, 2017

We were really looking forward to going to the aquarium as we have seen some great ones across the world. The entry fee is cheap, as it should be, as it will take you about 10 minutes to read everything and be done. Not what...More

Thank Cynthia P
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Reviewed August 10, 2017

I'm not positive but this place appeared to be shuttered and closed down. In leaving the Pier we walked down some concrete steps and past signs saying aquarium. The place appeared shuttered and closed. Could be wrong.

Thank MIke23693
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Reviewed August 7, 2017 via mobile

Pleasant and well organized venue. Some interesting species so a visit is a must especially with small kids.

Thank Stavreez
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weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa
Monica pier spins high above the water, while park
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