We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers: Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
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...more
$56 each!!! Wtf?? I think we are spoiled in the UK with reduced rates and free museums. Seriously you need to rethink your prices. Anyway after much deliberation we decided to go in as it's apparently a " Must See". We enjoyed the Sea Otters...More
I’d heard about the Aquarium but this was my first visit. It exceeded all expectations in terms of the exhibits and the staff were great. The jellyfish display is absolutely mesmerising. The only downside was that we only had the afternoon, a full day would...More
Wonderful place to visit when you’re on vacation in Monterrey, CA! Hourly parking and garage parking Nearby and easily accessible. It’s not a cheap entrance price but if you’re traveling with family and children , I’d suggest the membership. It’s very well worth the experience.
Having been to other aquariums, the thing that stands out here is that it is right on the ocean. Along with the several exhibits, there is a back "patio" area looking out to Monterey Bay. We saw otters with the complementary binoculars. Was crowded, but...More
We visit the aquarium today, this is alway a learning experience with all the fantastic exhibits to see. This is a must see place if you haven't been before, we see and learn something new each time. The employees are knowledgeable and very attentive with...More
Monterey acquarium was a bit pricey but they had wonderful tanks built as closely as possible to what you would experience in nature. One was full of kelp, and you could see how the sea animals lived in that type of environment. I really loved...More
My husband and I loved this aquarium. They have a schedule for feeding the different fish, seals and penguins which is not only fun to watch, but very informative. The aquarium sits on the bay in Cannery Row and is a must see!
When we brought tickets in advance they were for specific dates. We were advised locally (on the Monterey Peninsula) to be at the Aquarium when it opened (9:30) because it got crowded FAST. There was a modest line already by... More
When we brought tickets in advance they were for specific dates. We were advised locally (on the Monterey Peninsula) to be at the Aquarium when it opened (9:30) because it got crowded FAST. There was a modest line already by 9:00 of people waiting to pick up their tickets from the 'will call' ticket booth. The situation is all-around best if you arrive before opening and already have your tickets in hand. That way you skip the secondary lines on the inside of people picking up tickets or trying to purchase tickets. Also, there is NO parking specifically for the Aquarium. There is a nearby City of Monterey parking garage that charges $18/day WITH NO IN&OUT PRIVILEGES! The least expensive parking is on the street, in metered locations good for 2 hours at a time. We were lucky and found one right outside the Aquarium and I went out twice to extend our parking period.
Hi. I think we took the 101South to 156 West to 1South from San Francisco to Monterey. If you've never driven on the left side of the road, some find it a challenge switching (I can't do the reverse but my spouse can... More
Hi. I think we took the 101South to 156 West to 1South from San Francisco to Monterey. If you've never driven on the left side of the road, some find it a challenge switching (I can't do the reverse but my spouse can), particularly at rotaries/traffic circles. If you decide to drive, you definitely should go along the coast and look at the houses in Carmel/ Carmel by the Sea. Good luck.