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Monterey Bay Aquarium

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886 Cannery Row, 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 ocean.
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940-1085
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Being attracted by the overwhelmingly positive reviews as well as the ideal location next to the ocean with it’s fantastic wildlife... we were quite disappointed by the aquarium and it’s offerings. I guess the kids have just grown too old (11-15) but it’s not comparable...More

Thank Deko-73
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I have been to many aquariums. Monterey Bay Aquarium did a spectacular job with their displays. Everything is build to show Monterey Bay in the best light. Two things: my personal favorites are cephalopods (octopus, cuttlefish and nautilus) and I've worked in a jellyfish lab....More

Thank Sherri K
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Fabulous as always. Crowded as August always is. That's ok, it is a wonderful place to be. I could visit every day

Thank Marie H
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Perhaps I had expected too much as I had been recommended to go to the acquarium and had read great reviews. It was good but It was very busy. It also caters very well to young children. Worth a visit particularly if you have young...More

Thank Nick S
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The Aquarium is very large, and their staff is just incredible and can answer all of your questions. You can look at eye level to any fish or other animals within the aquarium. The tour guides are excellent, and they don't rush you at the...More

Thank Carleen45
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Reviewed 3 days ago

My wife and our three teenagers recently spent about two and half hours here, and we were all slightly disappointed. It's a good aquarium, very nicely set up, with various programs and feedings, and some great volunteers eager to tell you about the exhibits and...More

Thank HandsomePete
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

After reading all the positive reviews, I was disappointed to see how crowded it was on the weekends. We didn’t get to see any of the feedings due to the fact that too many people were in front of us. We skimmed most of the...More

Thank Laura R
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Had a blast! Did the behind the scene tour of the sea otters. Went early in the morning. Gets very busy in the afternoons.

Thank sbrovan
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Don’t miss this. Even if you don’t get wildlife this will be unforgettable!! Staggering displays- sharks, rays, tuna , huge bait balls of anchovies; all at a place where wildlife meets art

Thank Mal_Hudson
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We had 3 hours to walk around this aquarium. Was able to see all the basic exhibits but no feedings or presentations. Fascinating fish and other sea creatures.

Thank Adina M
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Response from Garry480 | Reviewed this property |
We purchased ours online and picked them up at will call..
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Response from Bob S | Reviewed this property |
Pay at the door is OK and may save time not standing in line.
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Response from MontereyBayAquarium | Property representative |
Thank you for your question. . Please note that no outside food or drink may be consumed inside the Aquarium, and seating is reserved for patrons of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Restaurant and Cafe. There are a number of great... More
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