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Monterey Bay Aquarium

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886 Cannery Row at David Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940-1085
+1 831-648-4800
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US$ 49.95*
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Monterey Bay Aquarium Admission
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US$ 99.00*
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Monterey & Carmel Explorer with optional Aquarium
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US$ 680.00*
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Private Full-Day Trip Up Pacific Coast Highway with Pickup
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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 inspire conservation of the oceans.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good20%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“feeding times” (172 reviews)
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886 Cannery Row at David Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940-1085
+1 831-648-4800
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Reviewed yesterday

We loved spending time at the aquarium! There's a lot to see, so I'm really glad we got two-day passes through our hotel. Don't miss the albatross encounter :)

Thank Obo93
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We are members of the aquarium and enjoy coming to visit. The buildings are very well maintain and the tanks are so clean. The docents are very helpful and an afternoon visit is less crowded.

Thank CWFSantaCruz_CA
Reviewed 2 days ago

Go. Learn. Give to an amazing cause. You have to visit to really experience Monterey's beauty and uniqueness.

Thank Cynthia K
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a fantastic place for both kids and adults. There are tons of activities, focused on the unique flora and fauna of the bay, most notably the southern sea otters. The staff and volunteers are all very knowledgeable and helpful. They...More

Thank Traveler0320
Reviewed 6 days ago

As a comparison, my wife and I visited the Lisbon Oceanariums in Portugal a couple of months ago. Architecturally it may have a little more pizzazz than the Monterey Aquarium but the latter has so much more to offer from the point of view of...More

Thank Waterloonie
Reviewed 6 days ago

Our family has toured aquariums all over the USA (Georgia, Tennessee, Boston, Charleston, Texas). We were disappointed here. There were no large fish or mammals on display. Admission price was high. I don't like seeing large animals in captivity unless they are injured or not...More

Thank Lisa H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great use and aesthetically well done conversion of the cannery. Easy to spend a few hours here. Highlight was the feeding of the sea otters. Also feeding of fish in the large pool.

Thank GastroGaz
Reviewed 1 week ago

I love on the Monterey Peninsula, and was one of the first charter members to join. I'm very blessed to work just 5 minutes from here, and on occasion I come here to enjoy my lunch break. I was reading the one star ratings, and...More

Thank Foodiewife
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited during the week in September. It was a lovely day and we found parking within a 10 min walk away. The staff at the aquarium were helpful and imformative. They were eager to answer questions and give advice. Our favourites were the otters,...More

Thank holibobin
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not the biggest fan of thinks in tanks or cages but this place was excellent, lot's to see things we hadn't seen before both big and small tanks interesting and displays as well, if you go be sure to go out on the rear decking...More

Thank Robin B
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25 November 2017|
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Response from andreamckenna | Reviewed this property |
We travelled on Highway 101 and it was fine. It is a long journey so we broke it up by stopping off at Pismo Beach
30 August 2017|
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Response from Nadav S | Reviewed this property |
The Shark tour is nice but I would not say that this is the main attraction
14 August 2017|
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Response from MzScorpio1978 | Reviewed this property |
I used AAA. Here are the prices if you have a membership. Monterey Bay Aquarium Monterey Bay Aquarium AAA Member Pricing: Adult Member price $44.95 ($5.00 off), Child (ages 3-12) $26.95 ($3.00 off), Students/Seniors $35.95... More