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Monterey Bay Aquarium

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Address: 886 Cannery Row at David Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940-1085
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+1 831-648-4888
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10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat - Mon 09:30 - 18:00
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Located at the ocean's edge, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a window to...

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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US$ 49.95*
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US$ 750.00*
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Best aquarium ever!

I've been going here every other year or so for the last 20 years. And it never disappoints! Great exhibit on Baja region and I love the Tentacles exhibit. Cuttlefish are amazing... read more

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Sacramento, California
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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I've been going here every other year or so for the last 20 years. And it never disappoints! Great exhibit on Baja region and I love the Tentacles exhibit. Cuttlefish are amazing in person!

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Really enjoyed our visit. My favourite bit was getting to try grits for lunch! But seriously a great activity for families.

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Thank Natalie C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My husband and I visited the Aquarium. Buy tickets through AAA and get $5 off. It was a really nice adventure. More for the kids. I will bring them back.

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Orange, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Get to the otter and penguin feedings early as they get crowded. Wonderful aquarium with great exhibits. High ticket price but if you can spend a few solid hours there so it's worth it. We opted to get lunch outside of the aquarium so get your hand stamped and then you can come back later

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Clovis, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have been here many times and we always love it! The best thing you can do here is take a Behind the Scenes Tour!

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Thank rudolph1985
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

If you get a membership you can bypass the line and probably only need to come one more time to make it worth it. It gets crazy packed so hope you enjoy people. Aquarium is a decent aquarium but I think the hype is bigger than what it really is. The best part is the tide pool. It's pretty neat.... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the most amazing aquariums I have been to. Make sure to plan on at least 2-3 hours at a minimum. You can get your hand stamped and leave and come back. Awesome exhibits. Very knowledgeable staff.

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Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Such an amazing place. The Jellyfish and tentacles exhibitions were incredible! Take the whole family!!

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Lenexa, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Words cannot describe our visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Seconds after walking through the door you feel a sense of peace. They had a ton of volunteers there who were more than willing to help out. Everyone was so nice and welcoming. There are so many different things to see here, and it's easy to lose track of time.... More 

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Salinas, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

How can you beat beautiful Jellies and all the world if the sea. Should not be missed. Lots of child friendly areas and teaching too.

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