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Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

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1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3120
+1 310-393-6149
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“sea life”(12 reviews)
“touch tank”(11 reviews)
“star fish”(8 reviews)
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1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3120
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+1 310-393-6149
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"sea life"
in 12 reviews
"touch tank"
in 11 reviews
"star fish"
in 8 reviews
"sea cucumbers"
in 6 reviews
"run by volunteers"
in 6 reviews
"small sharks"
in 5 reviews
"interactive activities"
in 2 reviews
"school groups"
in 2 reviews
"great for kids"
in 5 reviews
"long beach"
in 5 reviews
"short visit"
in 2 reviews
"santa monica pier"
in 8 reviews
"couple of hours"
in 2 reviews
"tanks"
in 31 reviews
"starfish"
in 12 reviews
"creatures"
in 9 reviews
"heal"
in 7 reviews
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Reviewed 24 January 2018

If you have young kids - this may be a fun, $5 and 30min diversion. But for adults...we spent almost 30 mins walking up and down the pier trying to find this place, finally were given correct directions by a local, and found this tiny,...More

4  Thank Amber S
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Reviewed 16 January 2018 via mobile

It's cheap, and it's fun for young kids. It's only one big room and dwell time is about 30 minutes but with the touching pools it's great for kids. Worth the admission price.

1  Thank WorldTraveler1976
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Reviewed 21 November 2017

My husband and I went to the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium while we were at the pier. It was a $5 per adult admission and kids under a certain age were free. It was a very small display inside and geared toward small children, although...More

2  Thank TheAverageTourist
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Reviewed 28 September 2017

Didn't actually go in. It looked like the type of place that if you had small children it would be worth the entrance fee, otherwise I wouldn't and didn't bother.

Thank Bossy075
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Reviewed 11 September 2017

We'd heard about Santa Monica in songs, advertisements, and travel guides, so we put it on our list of things to do whilst in the area. One of the "attractions" at Santa Monica Pier was the aquarium, so we gave it a whirl. I don't...More

1  Thank AmigoMarlz
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Reviewed 29 August 2017

We were really looking forward to going to the aquarium as we have seen some great ones across the world. The entry fee is cheap, as it should be, as it will take you about 10 minutes to read everything and be done. Not what...More

Thank Cynthia P
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Reviewed 11 August 2017

I'm not positive but this place appeared to be shuttered and closed down. In leaving the Pier we walked down some concrete steps and past signs saying aquarium. The place appeared shuttered and closed. Could be wrong.

Thank MIke23693
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Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

Pleasant and well organized venue. Some interesting species so a visit is a must especially with small kids.

Thank Stavreez
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Reviewed 9 July 2017

In terms of Aquariums, this is not the Baltimore Aquarium or the Monterey Aquarium. It is open daily from 2 - 6 pm. It is staffed by volunteers who want to share their love of the sea life in the Santa Monica area. If you...More

2  Thank Connie F
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Reviewed 5 July 2017

Kids 12 and under are free, and adults are inexpensive. My kids loved the touch tanks, and we finally had to make them leave. They spent a long time talking to all of the touch tank workers and learning about every single animal in the...More

1  Thank amyw2012
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