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  • Address: 886 Cannery Row
  • Hours: Regular hours: 10am - 6pm; Winter: 10am - 5pm; Summer/holidays: 9:30am - 6pm; Summer weekends: 9:30am - 8pm.
  • Admission: Adult: $34.95; Child: $21.95; Senior/Student: $31.95

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Monterey Bay Aquarium

There is a reason that Monterey Bay is considered the top aquarium in the country and draws around two million visitors a year. The nearly 200 exhibits and galleries feature 623 different species of plants and creatures: from adorable sea otters to otherworldly jellyfish, swirling sardines and crafty sharks that glide through the water. Visitors can get up-close with bat rays at the petting pool, and watch divers hand-feed sharks and fish at the kelp forest and blackfooted penguins in the Splash Zone.

What makes Monterey Bay Aquarium so special is its commitment to environmental conservation and education. The aquarium continuously pumps Monterey Bay ocean water through the tanks. During the day the water is filtered for clarity and at night the unfiltered water brings in food in the form of plankton. Waste ocean water from the aquarium is returned to the bay – making the aquarium essentially a part of the ocean. The aquarium also runs a “Seafood Watch” program that promotes responsible seafood consumption.

Practical Info:

Unsurprisingly, the country’s top aquarium is usually very busy – often with large groups of children. Your best bet for avoiding the biggest of the crowds is by purchasing tickets in advance, and visiting just after opening or, in summer, late in the evening when visiting hours are extended.

Parking is available at the Cannery Row parking garage, or on the street further down Ocean View Blvd. During the summer the free WAVE trolley runs between the aquarium and downtown Monterey.

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Monterey Bay Aquarium Admission

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 33 Reviews

Dive into an underwater world of mystery, beauty and awe at the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, perched on the edge of the stunning California coastline. With ...  Read more

Location: Monterey, California
Duration: Flexible

From USD $39.95

Monterey Bay Aquarium New Year's Eve Seashore Sleepover

Spend New Year’s Eve at a festive sleepover at California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium. This rare opportunity for an overnight stay at one of the best aquariums on ...  Read more

Location: Monterey, California
Duration: 13 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $125.00

Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive Day Trip from San Francisco

4.5 star rating: Recommended 902 Reviews

Cruise along California's spectacular coastline on a relaxing day trip from San Francisco. You'll follow Highway 1 to the beautiful Monterey Peninsula home of ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.00

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