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Monterey Bay Aquarium: Tours & Tickets

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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...more
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886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940-1085
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Reviewed today via mobile

$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

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

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

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Gordon1955
Reviewed yesterday

This Aquarium is extremely well worth a visit it is first class. Good interactive experience especially for kids.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank 33pate
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

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.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank MommaMae35
Reviewed 3 days ago

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

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank amp1231
Reviewed 4 days ago

The Aquarium is fascinating. The staff is professional and friendly. We had a great experience there.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Duval215
Reviewed 4 days ago

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

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Yippi427
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank 633kathleenh
Reviewed 4 days ago

This was one really great aquarium you can't miss. Great displays and fish galore. Good descriptions of fish and good guides. DONOT MISS THIS ONE!!!!!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Phil P
Reviewed 5 days ago

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!

Date of experience: September 2019
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2 October 2019|
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Response from Donnac2009 | Reviewed this property |
Booking online is the easiest way to get tickets. Otherwise you will be waiting in line. We got there at 10 and they line was long and moved pretty quick.
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19 July 2019|
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Response from Jake S |
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
7 May 2019|
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Response from Niah707 | Reviewed this property |
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