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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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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940-1085
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Reviewed yesterday

This facility is well laid out and holds some amazing exhibits. Feeding time with the penguins and with the sea otters should not be missed. We were amazed at how beautiful things like jellyfish and cuttlefish can be. Very much worth a visit.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank TauntonBob
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We visited in October 2019. The aquarium is excellent with lots of interesting and informative displays. We really enjoyed the Sea otter feeding in the afternoon. We ate in the cafeteria which was very good quality and reasonably priced. The whole aquarium is very modern...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank paulwoodland
Reviewed 2 days ago

We hadn't been to the Aquarium in 10+ years. Truly world class. Well-staffed, multiple opportunities to view feedings (we saw the penguin & large tank feeding; latter was via a scuba diver). Not cheap, but you can get a 10% AAA discount (the tickets are...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank SeekingVines
Reviewed 3 days ago

Must see. After sticker shock of price per person wears off you will definitely know its worth it once inside! One of the best designed aquariums I've ever visited!

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

This is an absolute must. Fabulous exhibits of sea otters, penguins, sea rays you can touch and various fish in the big kelp forest tank. Great educatational programs in the auditorium. There are a lot of school children there and they love this place so...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Sam S
Reviewed 3 days ago

With doubt a must. So many fascinating things to see. Not cheap but worth every penny, I was taken aback.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank brewster72016
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a wonderful day with great exhibits, worthwhile education and helpful support staff. The special feeding demonstrations are unique, get a spot early since it does get crowded. The kelp forest and open ocean tanks are spellbinding and demonstrate the complexity...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank J7140OOpauln
Reviewed 4 days ago

I had mixed emotions about whether or not to include this aquarium on our itinerary for our short stay in Pacific Grove, but am so happy that we did in fact visit it. Had we had more flexibility, we could have spread our visit over...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank westie2
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We have been to the Monterey Bay Aquarium a number of times, and always have enjoyed our visits. It is one of the best aquariums in North America, and has the advantage of being in a great and beautiful location. The sea otters, jellyfish, kelp...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank philminn
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Monterey Bay Aquarium needs no special commentary. Brave the sleazy Cannery Row experience and GO!

Date of experience: October 2019
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mrsp81206
October 1, 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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Jo F
July 19, 2019|
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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
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aarohi11
May 7, 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
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