Monterey, California

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Overview

Discover the fascinating underwater world of one of the United States’ top aquariums with this Monterey Bay Aquarium ticket. With a prime location on California’s Pacific coast, this renowned marine center is home to a wide variety of ocean life, from mesmerizing jellyfish to adorable penguins, plus crowd favorites like sharks and rays. You’ll have all-day access to the many exhibits, where you can observe mysterious octopus, playful sea otters, creepy eels and more.
  • Admission to Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Explore a wide variety of fascinating marine exhibits
  • Get up-close views of sharks, sea otters, penguins, jellyfish, eels, fish and more
  • Admire sweeping views of Monterey Bay from the Aquarium's epic location
  • Learn about Monterey Bay Aquarium’s commitment to conserving the oceans
Your admission ticket provides entrance to Monterey Bay Aquarium for the full day, so you can arrive when you wish during opening hours and stay until closing time. You have access to all the exhibits and programs through the day, including penguin and otter feedings and shows like ‘Mysteries of the Deep.’

The variety of marine life that resides at the aquarium ranges from tiny seahorses to a giant Pacific octopus. You’ll be amazed and amused by penguins, sharks, jellyfish, sea bass, sardines and more.

Itinerary

Aquarium exhibits (subject to change):
Kelp ForestAt 28 feet (8.5 meters), the underwater Kelp Forest is one of the tallest aquarium exhibits in the world. You'll get a diver's-eye view of sardines, leopard sharks, wolf eels and a host of other fish as they weave through swaying fronds of kelp, just like they do in the wild.
Giant Pacific OctopusBeautiful, bashful and brainy, the giant Pacific octopus leads a life of mystery. With a personality that's as complex as its appearance, this animal is a master of disguise that can solve a maze, recognize the aquarists, and has the power to jet across the exhibit in a whoosh of water.
Mission to the DeepThis fascinating exhibit combines high-definition video of incredible deep-sea animals with the hands-on experience of using underwater robots and other high-tech tools to explore the ocean's depths.
Monterey Bay HabitatsExplore the waters of Monterey Bay, where sharks and sturgeon glide through the deep reef, 200-pound (91 kg) giant sea bass lumber among the reef pilings, and flatfish nestle in the sandy sea floor. This hourglass-shaped exhibit is over 90 feet (27 meters) long and highlights five different habitats beneath the bay and the amazing creatures that live there.
Open Sea Out to sea and on the go – life's in constant motion in the open ocean. This is the Aquarium's largest exhibit, a place where tuna and sharks speed past; sardines swarm in huge, glittering schools; and sea turtles swim lazily across the 90-foot (27-meter) window. Nearby, colorful puffins await their next meal, and brilliant jellies pulse through the water.
Rocky ShoreThe shoreline is the border between two worlds, a fluid boundary where the water advances and retreats with the rhythm of the tides. Here, barnacles stand on their heads and wave their feathery legs in the currents, and brilliant ochre stars ply the rocks.
Sandy Shore & AviaryInvestigate a world of mud flats and marshes rich with life, a place where long-legged birds ply the sands and flounders lie flat to keep from being found. Watch birds forage for insects, just as they would in the wild, and gently touch the back of a bat ray as it skims along the bottom of the touch pool.
Sea OttersEnjoy the antics of playful sea otters as they romp, tumble and wrestle like their brethren in the bay. On the second floor of the exhibit you can watch them swim at the surface, while first-floor windows give an underwater view of their lively acrobatics.
Splash Zone & PenguinsDiscover a place where families can explore the ocean together. Dive into a kelp forest, visit a coral reef kingdom, and explore a rocky shore. Rockfish, sharks and penguins call these places home. Meet them in their magical worlds.
Life on the BayThe Aquarium sits perched on the edge of Monterey Bay, so the ocean views from the decks are stunning. Spot wildlife such as sea otters and humpback whales. In the Marine Mammal Gallery, you'll find life-size models of whales and dolphins swimming overhead, and learn about life on the bay.

Tentacles   Secretive, short-lived masters of camouflage are cast in our newest one-of-kind special exhibition showcasing octopuses, squid and cuttlefishes.
¡Viva Baja! Life on the Edge showcases the unique community of animals and habitats that thrive where Baja’s coastal deserts meet the Pacific’s sapphire seas.

Reviews

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T
, Mar 2018

Amazing and lots to see! Jelly fish were my favorite

N
, Mar 2018

Wonderful aquarium with a wonderful collection of different sea life. So many that I've never seen in my life! So glad I was able to experience such an awesome aquarium. A must see for sure!

t
, Mar 2018

Too many people the exhibits are fantastic and well set out but was difficult to linger at some exhibits. Doing fantastic work there though

A
, Jan 2018

Amazing experience!! This aquarium is a must!!

R
, Nov 2017

This was awesome! Having the prepaid voucher we bypassed a very long line and got direct admission into the aquarium!

D
, Oct 2017

Excellent aquarium with lots of sea life to view and learn about. The talks on the various subjects were very informative and it was good to be able to interact with some of the live creatures in the splash zone. We did this tour prior to the Whale watch experience which gave us good insight to the various sea life that resides in the bay at this particular time of year. I would thoroughly recommend a visit to this aquarium during a visit to Monterey.

L
, Oct 2017

If you are ever going to see one aquarium this should be the one. They have everything! Also the volunteers and aquarium staff were very knowleadgeable and fun to talk with.

C
, Oct 2017

Very good

K
, Oct 2017

This is by far the best aquarium I've ever seen, it's huge! Very interactive and educational. Myself and my husband went, and as great as it is for adults it's also fantastic for children. Well worth the money!

G
, Sep 2017

Absolutely brilliant. Long long queues in get in couldn't believe how long but with our Viator voucher we could just walk straight up and exchange our vouchers for tickets. Voilà we're in!! Saved I would say a 40 minute wait to get in! Exhibits are great and the children loved the shark feeding. Lots to see and wonderful memories of seeing sea otters out at sea from the Aquarium's viewing deck complete with complementary telescopes. Lovely day!


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