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Monterey Bay Aquarium
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US$49.95*
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Monterey Bay Aquarium Admission
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US$99.00*
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Monterey & Carmel Explorer with optional Aquarium
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US$750.00*
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Monterey with Carmel and 17 Mile Drive - Private SUV Tour
Ranked #1 of 104 things to do in Monterey
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 15 August 2014

Having read the reviews of the aquarium here, we were really looking forward to this, but unfortunately we came away underwhelmed by the experience.

While there are many displays to be seen, and the exhibits are beautifully presented, my 12 year old summed it up for me when she said it felt like a museum,rather than an aquarium.

I am not going to criticize people who have created such a commendable and non commercial attraction, but for me it would be a good day out for young kids only.

Thank Steve B
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Reviewed 15 August 2014

We arrived at the aquarium around 11 am which was a pretty bad time, we had to stand in line for about half an hour. Once we finally were inside it was great, it's just amazing to see al these animals. The only thing we didn't like was the little information about the animals. But it's definitely a must see when you visit Monterey!

Thank Rebecca1296
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Reviewed 14 August 2014

Great attraction! We especially enjoyed the otters and the jellyfish exhibits. It's a great place to spend a few hours. Views from the outdoor decks are wonderful. We saw many seals and otter paddling around the bay while standing on the decks at the aquarium.

Thank lovenyc210
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Reviewed 14 August 2014

Last october My wife and I visited the Aquarium and we both loved it!
The presentations were very informative and really keeps your attention.
Worth every penny of the fee.
Excellent for families and couples.

Thank KG4MXV
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Reviewed 14 August 2014

one of the absolute best aquariums. The Monterey Bay Aquarium teaches people about sea life, being responsibly aware of the enviroment while giving you an opportunity to see some of the best sea life up close.

Thank Chrissy449
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