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Monterey Bay Aquarium

#1 of 101 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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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
886 Cannery Row at David Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940-1085
+1 831-648-4800
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Great aquarium facility. Much to see for people of all ages. Very educational. Plan to spend the day.

Thank Kathi F
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Four generations of family members made a trip here for the day. I had been once before, but it was 25 years ago, so I was excited to see it again. It did not disappoint. We all had a wonderful time. We caught one of...More

Thank wrath557
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Great aquarium with really enthusiastic and knowledgable staff. They clearly do a lot of great conservation work as well which helps justify the admission fee.

Thank Chris H
Reviewed yesterday

Ive been going to the aquarium for many years and it is something I would suggest on doing if you visit Monerey. Kids as well as adults get such a thrill on being up and close to the hidden world beneath the sea. so much...More

Thank 976krystalh
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

After we paid our ~$50 admission fee we spent about 3 hours visiting the exhibits. Everything was of high quality and very engaging. They have special exhibits for Octopuses and the animals of the Baja Peninsula. Those were very interesting as I had never seen...More

Thank Kimberly S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Go to this place! Yes, it's more expensive than a movie. But I guarantee you that you will be amazed! And with every step you can see where your money goes. This fee supports so many great things and you can certainly see that in...More

1  Thank Osueana1
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The aquarium was amazing!!! So many different places to wander through. We went on a weekend and there were lots of people. Try going mid-week. Less packed!!! Also- it was a lot slower early in the AM when they opened. We left around lunch time...More

1  Thank breezy34
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Excellent. Got there at 9:30 after travelling from SF. Busy but didn't feel it. Popped out for lunch at Jonny Rockets re entered and spent the rest of the afternoon there. Teens loved it. Noticed a lot of babies and younger children, so everyone accommodated....More

Thank Hayley H
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is my second time visiting and it was simply wonderful. Get your discounted tickets at AAA and save too! I enjoyed all the exhibits and caught some of the movies in the auditorium as well. We ate at the cafe. New England clam chowder...More

Thank hjcbirdbath
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The Monterey Bay Aquarium was beautiful and rather informative. I believe it is pretty pricey but I wouldn't miss the opportunity to go again. Watching the sea otters get fed is a must!! Kids and adults of all ages will love it. Then there is...More

Thank TravelWithMitchell
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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 Tamedscot | Reviewed this property |
Sorry uncertain about that .
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
Is there any free parking nearby?
7 May 2017|
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Response from tloliv | Reviewed this property |
We found free parking a few blocks away on the street....for two hours.