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Monterey Bay Aquarium

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886 Cannery Row at David Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940-1085
+1 831-648-4800
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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 inspire conservation of the oceans.
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  • Very good20%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
886 Cannery Row at David Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940-1085
+1 831-648-4800
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Reviewed yesterday

It ain't cheap but it is good. Something for everyone here from small kids to the older visitor. The Sea Otters are entertaining and endearing. The main tank is glorious in size and content. If you haven't enjoyed yourself and learnt something by the time...More

Thank cannopener
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We drove an extra 100 miles off our vacation route to visit this aquarium and it was great!! Although we thought it would be bigger, we were glad we were able to visit each exhibit as well as enjoy lunch on site. My advice is...More

Thank Totally420
Reviewed 2 days ago

I have heard what a great aquarium Monterey Bay is all the way from Massachusetts, so I had high expectations. Although it is certainly better than the aquarium in Boston, we did not think it was worth $150 for 4 of us to visit. I...More

Thank PickyTraveler4
Reviewed 2 days ago

This was an impromptu stop during out summer road trip but the kids were very excited we stopped. I was surprised by the cost ($50 per adult and $30 for the kids) but decided to move forward due to the kids' excitement - but they...More

Thank TravelBugMama18
Reviewed 2 days ago

On the plus side, this aquarium was nice and well-done. On the negative side, it is really expensive, $49 per person and very, very crowded. Those who think this is the best aquarium have never been to the National Aquarium in Baltimore, sorry.

Thank Proclaimer1
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It's really nice! A whole lot to see. But pricey but I guess it's worth it bc you can get a full days activity out of it. Our highlight were the sea otters...oh and the kids loved the wave simulation! They couldn't get enough...See for...More

Thank Annique A
Reviewed 3 days ago

The aquarium offers fabulous views of the bay, they have an excellent dining hall--all locally sourced and organic mostly. The food is delicious. The exhibits are educational yet fun. Its amazing to see all the volunteers working to make everyone's visit enjoyable. They are super...More

Thank Claudia G
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We toured the Monterey Bay Aquarium on a Monday morning during our road trip. It was surprisingly busy but had bought tickets online to avoid the line. The aquarium was very well kept with interesting exhibits however we felt it was a little too expensive...More

1  Thank EmilyS1121
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We have visitef quite a number of acquariums in the world and this one does not stand out and it has been the most expensive. All in all nice to visit but the Lissabon or Sydney acquariums were better. So for this kind of money...More

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 days ago

We really enjoyed our time at the aquarium. Our biggest complaint was just the cost. It cost over 100 dollars for 3 of us. Also, we had to pay $15 dollars for parking. But we really did enjoy our time there.

Thank kevinnewman16
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13 August 2017|
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Response from MzScorpio1978 | Reviewed this property |
I used AAA. Here are the prices if you have a membership. Monterey Bay Aquarium Monterey Bay Aquarium AAA Member Pricing: Adult Member price $44.95 ($5.00 off), Child (ages 3-12) $26.95 ($3.00 off), Students/Seniors $35.95... More
Dana S
13 August 2017|
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Response from MontereyBayAquarium | Property representative |
It really depends. Some people spend hours and hours here soaking in all the exhibits and talking with volunteers. Others are in and out like they are late for an appointment. It is probably wise to give yourself about 2... More
Ursula V
9 July 2017|
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Response from Joan B | Reviewed this property |
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