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Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Yes, its a great please to take the kids to. I recommend it. Easy access and just the right size for young kids attention spans.

Thank bill1241
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"sea life"
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"touch tank"
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"star fish"
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"sea cucumbers"
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"run by volunteers"
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"small sharks"
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"interactive activities"
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"school groups"
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"great for kids"
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"long beach"
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"santa monica pier"
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"couple of hours"
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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, one room building literally tucked under the Santa Monica Pier. This was included on our travel pass, so we thought, why not? I understand this is a volunteer run operation to try & educate people about the ecosystem in the Bay and how to protect it. In that respect, I applaud it. We had some nice conversations with the volunteers there. But this should NOT be advertised as an "Aquarium", it's a one room affair with a few tanks & that's it. The entry fee of $5 goes towards conservation efforts, so they're not trying to rip you off. I think this is more a case of advertising not matching expectations.

6  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 20 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 it was interesting to see some of the facts about the water pollution and saving the oceans in California. You could touch a number of sea creatures including starfish, crabs, and sea cucumbers. If you have young children, I might recommend this place. There is a colouring station and interactive videos for older children. We took about 35 minutes, but with kids you could take a bit longer inside. Good to know - there are 2 restrooms inside as well with change tables for babies.

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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