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Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
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Santa Monica and Venice Beach Segway Tour
Reviewed June 28, 2013

I love seaside promenades on piers. They are exactly the same no matter where you are in the world. Love in all weather. A fairground, hawkers flogging souvenirs, pencil portrait artists and fast food outlets. Forward view of the sea and sideways the beach in both directions. This one has very cool view's. I never get on a ride, nor buy from the stalls. Generally I don't eat on them but we did have a very good burger here. Aquarium was closed so can't comment. Parkings a breeze.

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Reviewed May 28, 2013

I loved this place! I touched sea urchins, star fish, sea anenome, and much more! It's a small place but they have alot to look at. There were sharks and moray eels. I could spend hours here! I thought it was an amazing value as well, since they don't charge entry fees but only ask for you to give a donation. Awesome!!

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Reviewed May 11, 2013 via mobile

It won't knock your socks off, but this is a very nice little attraction that smaller kids will enjoy. The people that work there clearly enjoy what they do, and it's fun to hear them talk about the various little sea critters. This is also a very inexpensive way to kill 45 minutes or so. It's worth checking out.

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Reviewed April 24, 2013

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium (Heal the Bay) is one of the rare jewels you may miss if you have children to have a hands on experience with local sea life. It is located under the Pier when you first hit the beach. It is open after 2pm during the Weekdays and at 12:30 on Weekends and closes at 5. Mondays it is closed. The Aquarium is small but has many stations for children to touch star fish, sea cucumbers, and other sea life. It is a great learning experience for children and adults. I found myself wondering exactly how does a sea cucumber feels like...and found out. ;-) The Aquarium is an addition to other experiences to have on Santa Monica Pier so not a full large scale place. Heal the Bay has a lot of eco-learning programs so children learn about the ocean, the animals living in the ocean and our relationship with it's ecosystem. The staff is friendly and informative...and if you have kids...this is perfect place to have a moment of calm after a long day of activities...only a couple blocks for Third Street Promenade, and Santa Monica Place...plenty of hotels.

2  Thank Akiko A
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is downstairs at bottom level under the pier and is open Tuesday-Friday 2-5 and Sunday 12:30 to 5:00 but NOT on Mondays. There are a number of hands-on stations for kids which is great because then you don’t have to keep telling then not to touch stuff and they get more involved. Nice feature to the pier because it is affordable and because of its medium size does not take up the whole day to walk through. Star fish (now called Sea Stars), sea anemones, and some floaties with a lot of good information presented so it is educational, too.

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