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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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.