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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

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What You Can Expect

Monterey Bay Aquarium Admission

Monterey Bay Aquarium

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 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.

Customer Reviews

Heather L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Supposedly one of the best aquariums in the world. It was a nice day, the exhibits were good, and the ground large. There is a free bus to the warf nearby!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016


D r

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

An excellent aquarium with nice big tanks which allow the fish and animals to behave naturally.

Daniel C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A fabulous place to see, and explore. A must if you are in the area!

Robyn R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Amazing place! Helpful and friendly staff - very kid friendly and so informative. A must see for everyone!

Elizabeth S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Most awesome aquarium ever!

Elizabeth S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Otters are the cutest critters.

Joe R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Always a great place to visit!

Sally D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The aquarium is fantastic and even teenagers loved it!! It is a special place you shouldn and #39;t miss!!

Nancy V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

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