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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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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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“octopus” (294 reviews)
“feeding times” (171 reviews)
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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 5 days ago via mobile

I have been coming to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for over 30 years now - since I was just a little kid - and it never fails to awe, inspire, and transport you. The exhibits are amazing, with three HUGE tanks and a multitude of...More

Thank NomeMan
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is a top notch aquarium with a very knowledgeable staff. My husband and I spent three hours exploring the aquarium. There is quite an array of sea life to see. The otter feeding was a lot of fun . The jellyfish exhibit is absolutely...More

Thank cmedrano2013
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The most incredible place, loved the jellyfish section. Staff is supernice and engaging, their passion is infectious. Saw a great narrated movie about the migration of whales and felt really entertained by the staff's running commentary. Also very passionate about raising awareness about climate change....More

Thank mariem1985
Reviewed 6 days ago

As aquariums go this is vast and impressive. There are many, many tanks of jelly fish each with a different species. The schools of sardines in the communal fish tanks are fascinating to watch. I hated the dorky ooh-ah music that blasts your ears in...More

Thank Huntbox
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the few places that I support that works with animals and marine life since I've read and seen footage of animal cruelty situations (primarily in zoos and circuses). My most recent trip was while I was exploring SF...More

Thank NeoNorth
Reviewed 6 days ago

Wife and adult son accompanied me on this trip. We went on a weekday and so had lots of room - except where the sea otters were being fed. So if you visit, check out the feeding times - these are worth getting a good...More

Thank mghtmck
Reviewed 6 days ago

As nice as this aquarium is, I think I've made my last visit. For my level of interest, $50 is too much. Someone else may see the value but if I'm spending $100 on fish, I want mine grilled. :)

Thank EC170131
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a must-see attraction when you visit the Monterey Bay area. If you have kids, they will love it. I recommend going on a weekday, however, so it is less crowded; and be sure to arrive right when they open at...More

Thank Gringa-tica28
Reviewed 1 week ago

We passed one full day watching hundreds of varieties of Fishes and other sea creatures. Very educative and informative display. Live show of SCUBA diver to feed the sea life adds further beauty to the aquarium's attractions.

Thank drmsp2
Reviewed 1 week ago

Favorite parts were the Sea Otters, Kelp forest and the Cannery history. We enjoyed the Luna Otter and White Shark presentations as well. This place is definitely good for families.

Thank SanDieganMN
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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
Dana S
13 August 2017|
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Response from MontereyBayAquarium | Property representative |
It really depends. Some people spend hours and hours here soaking in all the exhibits and talking with volunteers. Others are in and out like they are late for an appointment. It is probably wise to give yourself about 2... More