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Monterey Bay Aquarium

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Address: 886 Cannery Row at David Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940-1085
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Located at the ocean's edge, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a window to...

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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Excellent for kids and amazing for adults

I went with my husband and it was amazing, something new at every turn. There are so many exhibits for the kids to interact with and to learn through. They hand out a guide on... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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San Lorenzo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I went with my husband and it was amazing, something new at every turn. There are so many exhibits for the kids to interact with and to learn through. They hand out a guide on sustainable seafood and the best choices from around the world which offers an app for your phone or online, seafoodwatch.org. Excellent for kids to get... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A great aquarium. Has superb displays. Only problem is the noise level, especially if there are school groups touring.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I love this place. Go early and if you can help it don't go on a weekend. The exhibits are wonderful and well suited for all ages.

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Redding, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The staff were friendly and purchasing online saves time waiting in lines. Once inside you enter another world of amazing things from the feeding shows to the touching tanks. Highly enjoyable and the time flys by way too fast to schedule a big chunk of your day!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great place to entertain your kids. It has a lot of species and many shows at different times. It also has some shops inside to buy souvenirs from the aquarium.

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Hubert, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Since I am going to be living here for two years I bought a year long membership to the aquarium. I take my daughter at least once a month and there is always something new and wonderful to notice. The conservation efforts of the aquarium and the way it is naturally integrated into the coast make it my favorite aquarium... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I enjoyed my rainy day by exploring the aquarium. The exhibits are all superb, but the live presentations were wonderful (sea otter feedings, albatross, etc.). Also, I went into the auditorium expecting to just see a video and was pleasantly surprised with the live-person narration! The staff was so friendly and available for questions. I purchased a two-day ticket (for... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great aquarium, nicely organized. There are groups available unless they are sold out. Price was 90.00 for 2 adults.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Had a wonderful day at the aquarium yesterday with my 12-year-old! The exhibits are so well done, particularly loved the deep ocean and the tentacles exhibits but equally enjoyed watching the human babies play in their special area! It was refreshing to wander in and out of the building now and again to gaze at the ocean and spot seals... More 

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Danville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We spend a very nice afternoon at the Aquarium. World's largest Kelp farm and the diversity of marine life is amazing. We also attended several or the narratives in the theater. Well worth the visit

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