Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium

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    Allison L.
    "My favorite animal to visit is the sea otter."(21 Tips)
    Jessica P.
    "My boys loved the penguin feeding."(16 Tips)
    David A.
    "jellyfish exhibits and don't miss the Open Sea Feeding show"(18 Tips)
    Peter G.
    "Kelp forest feeding is a must."(13 Tips)
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  • Rex E.heart icon on user image
    Rex EspirituDecember 30, 2013
    'Twas well worth a visit again a few years ago--and actually less expensive to join as members for a family of eight from out of state to gain admission--for a day filled with wonder and awe to enjoy!
  • Mike W.heart icon on user image
    Mike WinstonMarch 6, 2015
    Skip the cafeteria and enjoy high-quality seafood with gorgeous views at Cindy's Waterfront instead. Clam Chowder & other seafood dishes is where they shine. Read all about it on WinstonWanders below! Read more
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Katie F.heart icon on user image
    Katie FahrionJanuary 17, 2016
    Wonderful aquarium!•Staff are very knowledgeable•Scenic view of The Bay•Hands on/interactive exhibits•Must visit the Open Ocean exhibit•Cafeteria provided within the aquarium
    Upvoted Sep 25
  • Wilson F.heart icon on user image
    Wilson Favre-DelerueAugust 14, 2016
    CROWDED. Try to avoid weekend visits and be prepared for the USD 49.95 entrance for adults. Beyond that, well worth a visit. Jellyfish, otters and sharks all must-see.
  • Zach W.heart icon on user image
    Zach WernerNovember 23, 2018
    This is one of the most amazing aquariums in then USA and has been since it opened . Not only are the exhibits amazing but they contribute extensive research and conservation to entire Pacific region.
  • Donald V.heart icon on user image
    Donald VNovember 16, 2017
    With free guest passes our visit was even more awesome. This is something you do not want to miss. It the inspiration for Finding Dory. Take the jelly & open sea tour for a cool behind-the-scenes look
  • Chris O.
    Chris OSeptember 15, 2014
    If otters are your thing, obviously this is the must go to place. Pay the extra and get the behind the scenes tour. You get plenty of time with staff and can see (obstructed) some surrogate otters.
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    _December 8, 2014
    Majestic! Definitely worth checking out if you have never been there! There are student discounts and some hotels offers 2 days for the price of 1.
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SweeneySeptember 27, 2021
    so many great exhibits. kelp forest is serene. the jellies in "the deep" are spectacular (spot the krill that they've eaten) & the exhibit has a breathtaking surprise at the end. great for kids too.
  • Elizabeth R.heart icon on user image
    Elizabeth RiceJune 15, 2016
    The staff here is so nice! And the sea otters are adorable. The view from their cafeteria is amazing and super relaxing if you go before or after lunch rush.
  • Ashley B.heart icon on user image
    Ashley BowlesOctober 18, 2016
    Wow! Can't say enough good things about this place. Very expensive, but worth a visit. Go during the week to avoid the crowds. Look up the feeding schedule in advance.
  • Ailie C.heart icon on user image
    Ailie ChangOctober 22, 2017
    Bring your Student ID for a discount off admission! Jellyfish exhibit was my favorite. Take some time and watch the daily shows in the auditorium, they are actually very good and informative.
  • Igor M.heart icon on user image
    Igor MiniailoApril 14, 2017
    Very good exposition. Lot of aquariums with ocean inhabitants fishes and mammals. Don't miss thematic shows
  • Jonathan M.heart icon on user image
    Jonathan MacLucasJune 7, 2018
    Jellies exhibit is amazing! The open see exhibit is amazing! Sea otters are so cute 😀 There is so much to see and beautifully laid out and very interactive. Also check out a show at the auditorium
  • Cindy M.heart icon on user image
    Cindy MaOctober 29, 2016
    This is the best thing to do in Monterey! Definitely do not miss the feeding shows, the jellyfish exhibit and the Kelp Forest. There's so much to do here!
  • Varunheart icon on user image
    VarunSeptember 10, 2015
    Very nice aquarium. Lots of great exhibits including the new open sea section. Also, there are interesting shows in the auditorium. Lines outside are really long, and maybe ease up a bit after 2pm.
  • David B.heart icon on user image
    David BoneNovember 11, 2016
    Amazing place all around. Take at least a half day to explore with your friends and family. That won't be enough to see all it has to offer. Lot's to do for kids too.
  • Joanna F.heart icon on user image
    Joanna FlammApril 1, 2017
    Buy your tickets online ahead of time and skip the line. Need a break from the crazy? Stamp your hand with their cool black light stamp, leave for lunch, and come back refreshed.
  • Rebecca W.heart icon on user image
    Rebecca WangJanuary 2, 2015
    Jellyfish exhibits are really fun. Love that they arrange kids and shorter folks in front for feeding shows. Definitely geared towards inspiring kids.
  • Rory W.
    Rory WehrlieOctober 10, 2015
    Buy your tickets online. You can skip the line and walk right in. Feeding starts at 10:30, so don't spend your time waiting to get inside.
  • Abbi C.heart icon on user image
    Abbi ConklinApril 30, 2018
    The aquarium is amazing, but it’s almost always crazy busy. I was told by someone who works there that weekday afternoons in January and February are the best times to go.
  • Andrew L.
    Andrew LamAugust 20, 2013
    Don't miss the kelp forest, the adorable sea otters, the touch pools, and the Open Sea tank filled with sharks, sea turtles, and glittering schools of sardines swimming against an endless current.
  • Sean M.heart icon on user image
    Sean MillerAugust 21, 2016
    A must see if you are in Monterey. Lots of great exhibits with a huge variety of sea life. It can get crowded on the weekends but we don't seem to mind.
  • Matthew H.heart icon on user image
    Matthew HuieFebruary 6, 2016
    One of my favourite aquariums in the world! Well worth the drive from the Bay Area. Be sure to check out the jellyfish!
  • Brad W.heart icon on user image
    Brad WillardFebruary 19, 2020
    It might be the best aquarium in the world. The deep sea feeding is not to be missed. Watching the dolphin fish change color as they eat is so cool.
  • Kaitlin L.heart icon on user image
    Kaitlin LeeMay 30, 2015
    street parking was a hassle... i almost drove back to uber it. all the way at the end by the mexican restaurant they have 4hr metered parking. be sure to use your student id for a discount
  • James C.
    James CJuly 29, 2013
    Really cool aquarium totally worth it if you have the City Pass from San Francisco. Saves you a ton of money and the huge lines at the front. Go early because it gets packed.
  • Adaire S.
    Reach out and get in touch with the "Tentacles" exhibit they have going on now! Cephalopods galore, from squid, octopus, cuttlefish (they are amazing!) and interactive activities for all.
  • Ameliaheart icon on user image
    AmeliaJanuary 7, 2020
    All the exhibits are great! Otter feeding and Open Sea feeding are very cool, be sure to snag a viewing spot early at these popular attractions.
  • Kaustubh T.heart icon on user image
    Kaustubh ThirumalaiDecember 23, 2016
    As a friend said, this is a small, but tightly-run ship! Go see the otters and the jellies - they're my favorites!
  • Anthony Y.heart icon on user image
    Anthony YouhasJanuary 3, 2015
    Aim early or aim late if you wanna avoid the teeming crowds. That said: the aquarium is always a marvelous time. The otter exhibit, the penguins, ocean sunfish when they're on display: just glorious.
  • Lauren C.heart icon on user image
    Lauren ColmanJune 2, 2017
    The otter feeding and open sea feeding are absolutely worth it. Be sure to add them to your schedule.
  • Lee H.heart icon on user image
    Lee HuffordMarch 31, 2017
    Put it on your Bucket List! If you're in the area and don't make time to visit the Aquarium, you should be ashamed of yourself!!! Must Do List!!!!
  • Scott P.
    Scott PJune 28, 2014
    The jellyfish exhibit is off the charts. Also if you have never seen a octopus they have several. Be aware the price is a little steep around $40 per adult ticket. But it's worth the money.
  • eric b.heart icon on user image
    eric bornemannMay 25, 2021
    One of the best aquariums in the world. The size of the tanks makes you feel as if you are actually diving underwater without getting wet.
  • Lucie C.heart icon on user image
    Lucie ClarkAugust 13, 2018
    Amazing! Well worth the $50 admission, especially as someone who doesn’t usually enjoy this type of attraction I thought it was fab. Definitely recommend!
  • Kevin F.heart icon on user image
    Kevin FloresNovember 19, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome exhibits and crew! There's so much to see and learn at the aquarium! Take your time - it's a great place to visit all year long.
  • IS K.
    IS KLEAugust 23, 2014
    Fabulous, interactive, big but can get really crowded. It pays to be a member if you're a local. Feeding time for penguins is neat and sea otters are adorable.
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkAugust 14, 2013
    Don't miss the jellyfish or seahorses in this neat little aquarium. It only takes an hour or two to go through, but clear the day and you can explore Cannery Row.
  • Chloe W.heart icon on user image
    Chloe WohlersApril 10, 2016
    The jellyfish is a no miss. The kelp forest was magnifasent. To tour the aquarium takes a good 3-4 hours. But seriously though, don't miss the jellyfish!!!!😁😁🐙🐠🐟🐡🐚🦀🐌
  • Lears F.heart icon on user image
    Lears FoolJuly 6, 2015
    While the otters are fun and the jellyfish are beautiful - the true magic of this place is the octopus! So worth waiting for it to dance.
  • Linda M.
    Linda McbainFebruary 15, 2015
    Beautiful jelly fish and generally really well laid out aquarium. Just felt a bit sad about the small penguin enclosure.
  • Rachel W.heart icon on user image
    Rachel WolfeSeptember 27, 2016
    A beautiful, well-maintained & simply stunning aquarium...& they charge accordingly. I was prepared to pay a lot to get in, but the price gouging in the gift shops and cafe was borderline insulting.
  • John K.heart icon on user image
    John KiddeSeptember 25, 2017
    Otters, otters, otters. And jellyfish! You can’t go wrong here. It’s a great place to visit and learn about our ocean and the creatures that live in it.
  • .:. s.heart icon on user image
    .:. sAugust 19, 2015
    One of the best and interesting acquariums around. The staff is ready to educate, and really appreciated the conservation component of this special place.
  • Al B.heart icon on user image
    Al B.August 13, 2016
    LOVE the aquarium. Best in the bay for an amazing experience of the ocean, and get a membership for the price of 1.5 admission!
  • Elynn L.heart icon on user image
    Elynn LeeOctober 7, 2015
    Awesome exhibits and really attentive staff. Highly recommend going to the feeding events (especially otters and penguins). Very educational
  • Pruthvidhar R.heart icon on user image
    Pruthvidhar RaoJune 3, 2016
    Behind-the-scenes tour is the best part. We had so many questions, you can get them clarified from this tour, first look around the aquarium
  • Perla F.
    Perla FdzJuly 2, 2013
    Underwater Explorers is a must for first timers! It's $95 but its so worth it!!! Kids ages 8-13 get to swim & touch purple urchins, tube anemone, abalone & any more for 1.5 hour! Amazing experience!
  • David A.heart icon on user image
    David AllardyceOctober 19, 2013
    An absolutely brilliant place to visit. Make sure you see the jellyfish exhibits and don't miss the Open Sea Feeding show at 11 a.m.
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