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Monterey Bay Aquarium
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Monterey Bay Aquarium Admission
Ranked #1 of 101 things to do in Monterey
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Located at the ocean's edge, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a window to marine life -- for dive masters and non-swimmers alike. It's home to sea otters, penguins, sharks, jellies and thousands of other marine animals and plants. Its mission is to inspire conservation of the oceans.
Fairfield, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Fun for all”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2013

The aquarium is great! Been going there since 1987 as a kid. There is something for everyone. The kid's zone is fantastic for kids of all ages and very educational. The wide-range of exhibits are fantastic. With the amount of exhibits the aquarium offers, I suggest a two-day trip to the aquarium, especially if you have little ones (there's just not enough time in one day to see and do everything!). The aquarium staff and caretakers are very friendly, helpful, and caring, and the exhibits are continuously cleaned and taken care of, as are the general areas. The animals seem happy and well taken care of. The gift shops have a good selection of gifts and such to buy. The cafe is good, but a bit overpriced. The Monterey Bay aqaurium is a very educational and fun place to spend time with the family, friends, and the aquarium animals!

Visited June 2012
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Bountiful, Utah, United States
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“A Must See!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2013

This is the most awesome place ever!!! I wish it were less pricey though. Try to find cheaper tickets elsewhere. You could spend all day long here and never get bored. It is clean and modern. I saw a great white shark here! THE BEST aquarium I have ever been to. I have been twice and will definitely come back!

Visited March 2012
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Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
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“Breathtaking experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2013

I could have sat in front of the giant tank that had the tuna, sharks, turtles, etc. in it. The up close experience when they would swim by really made us appreciate the size of the animals and how beautiful they are.

The penguins were a lot of fun as well. They were so friendly through the glass, and one of them seemed to take a shine to me. Unforgettable!

Visited April 2012
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Monterey, California
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“Absolutely Amazing!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2013

We live in the area and thus have a membership and take our girls (4 years and 6 months) there every weekend almost. They both are absolutely entranced every single time, not to mention how enthralled daddy and mommy are! Definitely recommend it!

Visited January 2013
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“Best Aquarium Around.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2013

Been a member of MB Aquarium for years. It is always a fun time for the family. We have taken a couple of the behind the scenes tours - highly recommended if you have the time. It is an amazing place to visit.

Visited January 2013
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