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Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

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Address: 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, CA 90401
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12:30 - 17:00
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Nice little attraction.

Well priced, the small attraction off the Santa Monica pier gave the kids a little lesson in the ocean. A chance to feed some starfish and check out the sharks.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 October 2016
Gavin S
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

It is much smaller than alot of aquariums but does provide a "taste" of what they are all about, perfect for school groups or a smaller setting for kid-related activities.....did like the touch pools, always neat! Sharks were neat, too! Would have liked to have seen a "ray" touch pool, as well and any other interactive activities they could do,... More 

Thank HGF001
Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

This is a sweet aquarium with hands on stuff for the kids. Supports the awesome Heal the Bay charity that focuses on what they call 'the locals' i.e. the creatures that inhabit the bay. There are fun things for the kids to do and lots of great staff to answer any questions you might have. We love it. We live... More 

Thank AFoolForTravel
Wyong, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

That was the main attraction for us - saw the sign for it whilst walking along the pier. It was only a very small place but there were an area where you can touch the star fish and sea urchins. The volunteers that were there were very nice and knowledgable. You probably wouldn't spend more that an hour there as... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Well priced, the small attraction off the Santa Monica pier gave the kids a little lesson in the ocean. A chance to feed some starfish and check out the sharks.

Thank Gavin S
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

We decided to visit this aquarium - we thought the entrance fee of $5 per person was sufficiently cheap that it didn't matter if there wasn't a lot to see. It is very small and there aren't many things to see. However, we enjoyed our short visit there. Children will enjoy the touching pools (which are closely supervised).

Thank GerMar60
Santa Monica, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Lots of things to see and learn and it's small so not overwhelming. Kids can touch the animals and see that they are pretty cool.

Thank Terri D
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Conveniently located but small - not a lot to see but probably more appealing to young kids than adults.

Thank RonWamberal
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

I should have come here first to read the reviews. I walked in took one spin around the place and was finished in 5 minutes. I found the place to be very run down and dirty. Would not recommend this and definitely not worth the money.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

If you walk in the door to the register, that's pretty much it! Good way to kill 15mins but didn't find it that interesting. the people are lovely and can spin a good yarn if your looking to kill some more time.

Thank Y4896BWmattp
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

This is a nice little aquarium under the pier. The fee is donation based. I have taken my 2 kids there a few times and they always enjoy themselves. They have a fun touch pool and coloring activities and puppets to play with too.

Thank Happyowl97

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