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!