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Monterey Bay Aquarium: Tours & Tickets

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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...more
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940-1085
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a wonderful day with great exhibits, worthwhile education and helpful support staff. The special feeding demonstrations are unique, get a spot early since it does get crowded. The kelp forest and open ocean tanks are spellbinding and demonstrate the complexity...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank J7140OOpauln
Reviewed yesterday

I had mixed emotions about whether or not to include this aquarium on our itinerary for our short stay in Pacific Grove, but am so happy that we did in fact visit it. Had we had more flexibility, we could have spread our visit over...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank westie2
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We have been to the Monterey Bay Aquarium a number of times, and always have enjoyed our visits. It is one of the best aquariums in North America, and has the advantage of being in a great and beautiful location. The sea otters, jellyfish, kelp...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank philminn
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Monterey Bay Aquarium needs no special commentary. Brave the sleazy Cannery Row experience and GO!

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank FrankEPortland_OR
Reviewed 3 days ago

We somewhat altered our trip to include Monterey as everyone told us we had to go there. Parked in a garage about 3 blocks away. Were there before it opened and stood in line to buy tickets. Went fairly smoothly. Joked with my wife there...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Vic P
Reviewed 4 days ago

I can see the intent is good here but the lack of space for these poor creatures left me feeling very sad. Do they really need to be kept in such small enclosures?

Date of experience: October 2019
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A very enjoyable and informative day spent at the aquarium learning about the ecology and wildlife local to the area. The octopuses fascinated us and we were in awe of deep sea aquarium where we spent a long time transfixed by the shoaling sardines.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Fi55y
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This Aquarium is one of the BEST by far. Has Something for everyone and great place for family and Kid's just lived it !! The staff is so friendly and very helpful too. The Otters we're just absolutely ADORABLE ♡ Can't wait to come back.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Cindyjade22
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

$56 each!!! Wtf?? I think we are spoiled in the UK with reduced rates and free museums. Seriously you need to rethink your prices. Anyway after much deliberation we decided to go in as it's apparently a " Must See". We enjoyed the Sea Otters...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I’d heard about the Aquarium but this was my first visit. It exceeded all expectations in terms of the exhibits and the staff were great. The jellyfish display is absolutely mesmerising. The only downside was that we only had the afternoon, a full day would...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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2 October 2019|
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Response from Donnac2009 | Reviewed this property |
Booking online is the easiest way to get tickets. Otherwise you will be waiting in line. We got there at 10 and they line was long and moved pretty quick.
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19 July 2019|
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Response from Jake S |
When we brought tickets in advance they were for specific dates. We were advised locally (on the Monterey Peninsula) to be at the Aquarium when it opened (9:30) because it got crowded FAST. There was a modest line already by... More
7 May 2019|
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Response from Niah707 | Reviewed this property |
Hi. I think we took the 101South to 156 West to 1South from San Francisco to Monterey. If you've never driven on the left side of the road, some find it a challenge switching (I can't do the reverse but my spouse can... More