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Monterey Bay Aquarium

#1 of 103 things to do in Monterey Features Animals
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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US$ 99.00*
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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.
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886 Cannery Row at David Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940-1085
+1 831-648-4800
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Reviewed yesterday

On our Coastal California trip I made it a point to chose one of the million Aquariums dotting the coast from San Diego to San Francisco. based on reviews, I chose Monterey Bay. The aquarium is gorgeous. From the outside to the inside, they've really...More

Thank Ryan B
Reviewed 2 days ago

What were we thinking? It was supposed to be a weekday visit on our Monterey getaway between Christmas and New Years. Oops we calculated wrong. School is out and the place is lousy with jellyfish, sharks and turtles so duh kid invasion. I haven't been...More

Thank scottderrick
Reviewed 2 days ago

Avoid going on the weekend if you can. It was horribly crowded!!! I mean it was bad. It got hot, stinky and extremely personal just to view the see otter feeding. I was unable to ever touch in the touch exhibit because their were never...More

Thank cuteymunchkin2003
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

What differs this from other Aquariums is its direct connection to the ocean. Maybe I expected too much after seeing the reviews, the aquarium is smaller than I thought. Literally you can complete all within 30 mins walking through and it costs 50$ /adult and...More

Thank Yonas D
Reviewed 2 days ago

Very interesting and information on marine life. Great displays and numerous exhibits for younger kids to interact with. Staff were all very friendly and helpful and informative.

Thank Laura J
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My family and I had a great time ! We enjoyed all the beautiful sea life and the wonderful setting ..great view of the ocean ..We seen out at sea otters ...seals and dolphins.always have something new so every time is a different experience.

Thank Belinda Y
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Cool aquarium, but it was a little smaller than I'd thought it would be. Still, glad we went and they have great exhibits.

Thank allisonrsf
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had a wonderful time here at out stay in Monterey! The kids especially loved the otters and sharks, but all the touch and play exhibites were also great fun!

Thank mona m
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Monterey Bay Aquarium is a top notch aquarium. They have many exhibits and have fun facts and interactive parts of the exhibit. My only recommendation is to go during the week due to crowds. We loved the tentacle and jellyfish exhibit.

Thank K T
Reviewed 3 days ago

Visited with my wife after visiting on a childhood vacation. The sea creatures were neat to see, but it definitely did not take a full day to make our way through (admittedly probably because we don't have children who would be much more hands on...More

Thank Tim H
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Can you rent a scooter?
8 June 2017|
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Response from Wandah F | Reviewed this property |
I did not see scooters for rent. Some wheel chairs were available. Very accessible for sure.
Drew S
Can you still use the San Francisco CityPass for admission to the Monterey Bay Aquarium?
23 May 2017|
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Response from jimfromdublin | Reviewed this property |
I don't think it is included now. If you want to go to an aquarium it's as well paying the entry fee here because the San Francisco Aquarium on the Bay is so disappointing - even if it is included on the City Pass
How far is the aquarium from cruise ship tender area
14 May 2017|
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Response from Sharon L | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I am sure you can find that out by checking out the cruiseline or google map! Use an uber to get at the aquarium as it is really nice to have been there! Enjoy