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.
Aquarium exhibits (subject to change):Kelp Forest
At 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 Octopus
Beautiful, 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 Deep
This 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 Habitats
Explore 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 Shore
The 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 & Aviary
Investigate 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 Otters
Enjoy 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 & Penguins
Discover 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 Bay
The 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.