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Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
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Toronto, Ontario
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Nice location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2012

Inexpensive aquarium with some great displays. Smelled though (like fish, haha) Great location for something different on the pier!

Visited September 2012
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“Santa Monica Pier Aquarium”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2012

It's cute .. it's small. It's educational. Ok ... if your kids like to touch things (not pick them up at this aquarium) ... just touch sea cucumbers, crabs, etc ... then go. It's cheap .. it's for a donation. It's a 20 min. aquarium. My kids liked it (10 & 12) and there were some smaller kids who seemed like they were loving it.

Visited August 2012
Thank mersee
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“Really small but informative and great for kids”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

On the last day of our trip, my friends and I visited the aquarium as we were excited to see what it had to offer. Admission fee is just $3 (although the recommended price/donation they state that they prefer is $5) and the moment you get in, what you see is pretty much the whole of the aquarium!

All the fish and underwater species they house are from the local area, with helpful volunteers and information articles on hand to explain what they all are. The room is relatively large, housing all the tanks, and there is a separate room screening videos on wildlife such as dolphins and seals etc.

The main plus points for this aquarium is the small room with fish samples in jars (as you would find in a science lab) that kids can look at in closer detail, as well as the 'view and feel' tanks, which are open tanks that you can touch and feel species such as starfish and crabs.

A great educational venue in a good location and with cheap admission price.

Visited August 2012
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San Diego, California
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“Got kids? Then its a must!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2012

Cute little hands on aquarium for the kids. Learn about all the sea creatures in the local waters.
The staff is so friendly and helpful. They have little cards they give each child to do a scavenger hunt and my daughter had a blast. Hard to get her to leave so there is plenty to keep the kiddos busy. Even my 11 year old had fun.

Thank KristinaL3
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surrey, UK
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“Good local info”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2012

We visited here whilst in USA for two weeks travelling from LA, to Palm Springs and Las Vegas. I was travelling with my partner and two children, aged 13 and 5.

$5 entry with children free however additional donations are encouraged.

A small aquarium showing local sealife. Good exhibitions to demonstrate the local environment to children. Some hands on activities. Art work activities to complete as well as a puppet show and books to read. We spent about 45 mins here and the kids much enjoyed it.


Visited July 2012
Thank willowhopkins
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