Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey

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Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price

Address: 886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940, United States

Phone: +1-8316484800

Ticket Price: 40 USD

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Time Required: 03:00 Hrs

Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

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Almost 2 million people visit this aquarium annually, and boy does it live up to the hype! The residents here are mostly sealife and include over 600 species of plants and animals. The main exhibits are:

  • The Kelp Forest: This exhibit is the museums centerpiece, and since kelp grows quickly, the open aquarium requires divers to regularly trim the kelp. Watching the forest through the glass is kind of hypnotic.
  • Giant Pacific Octopus: Clever, mysterious and playful, this dude is charming.
  • Open Sea: Tuna, sharks (hammerheads!), sardines, sea turtles, puffins, and jellyfish.
  • Life on The Bay: Educational exhibit with life-size models of whales and dolphins.
  • Sea Otters: Playful and cute as anything, they do crazy tricks.
  • Sandy Shore and Aviaries: Mud-flats, marshes, birds and flounders.
  • Splash Zone and Penguins: Rockfish, sharks, crabs and penguins.
  • Rocky Shore: Mussels, eels, anemone and barnacles.

Occasionally, the Aquarium will hold special exhibits, such as Tentacles and Jellyfish, striving to be the most diverse experience possible of their kind, gathering every possible major specimen in their categories. They’re splendid and educational.

Food wise, you can avails the onsite facilities or just enjoy the picnic area!

Also, these guys are a full service event hosting groups- decor, food, fun, and music. Contact them.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Information

  • The gift shop contains clothes, plush toys, gifts and other souvenirs.
  • Fully accessible to the disabled.
  • There is metred parking nearby and bicycle parking across the street.
  • Wheelchairs are available for free on first-com first-serve basis.
  • Personal photography only.
  • Locker facility available.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Ticket Prices

  • USD 35 for students and seniors with ID.
  • USD 25 for 3-12 years of age.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Opening and Closing Hours

  • Cafe: 11.00 am to 4.00 pm.
  • Cindy's Waterfront: 11.00 am to 3.00 pm.
  • Hours may vary by month and season.

How To reach Monterey Bay Aquarium by Public Transport

  • Buses 1, 2, 21

Restaurants Near Monterey Bay Aquarium

  • Cafe
  • Cindy’s Waterfront
  • Coffee Bar

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  • This place is simply magical and inspiring - easily the best aquarium I've ever been to. The exhibits are well crafted, engaging and superbly explained. The fish and other sea creatures they have are magnificent. The exhibits in the "open sea" section are particularly mesmerizing. Make sure to attend the feeding in both the open sea and the kelp forest aquariums, which have set times every day. Both were incredible and unforgettable, especially the former. I love how the whole Aquarium also opens onto the Monterey Bay. On one terrace, they have various telescopes trained on the wildlife that's out in the Bay and someone on hand to give explanations. In fact, there are volunteers throughout the Aquarium ready to tell you cool stories and enchant the kids. The theater also hosts great and engaging presentations regularly. And the cafe is brilliant. Basically, this place is must-visit and totally world class. It is inspiring and carrying a vital mission of raising awareness of the need to care for our oceans.

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  • This is the aquarium that was used for inspiration for Finding Dory but no Sigourney Weaver voice.... The kids had a ball here. We watched them feed the otters, saw the scuba divers scrubbing the tank and doing fish feeding and explored for hours. The price to get in at $50 each may give you a bit of sticker shock, but as you will see as you go through, maintaining something of this magnitude is incredibly expensive but well worth the price of admission. The facility is 322,000 square feet, has 35,000 animals and over 550 species. Their various tanks hold 2,300,000 gallons of water that are pumped in direct from the ocean through 2 enormous tubes to ensure that the fish are able to get all the nutrients they would normally get naturally from the water and they have to employ over 500 people plus an army of 1,200 active volunteers to keep it all going. This place must be a monster to manage but still manages to maintain its magnificence. After we watched the feeding show, they invited anyone who wanted to see up on the roof from where the diver enters the tank. They got to see the diver climb out, and he came over and talked to them and even let them in the gate for pictures and to push the button which turned the tank agitator back on. We really appreciated all the conservation theme they followed throughout the exhibits and gave us the chance to talk about why it is so important. Really, this is a special place. Plus, the food at the cafeteria is actually pretty good! The experiences kids had here will be remembered for a life time!

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  • Located perfectly atop the crashing waves of the Pacific. We were very entertained for about two hours between fish feedings and touching tide pool. Best part ware the sardines swimming in a schools in several locations, first time seeing that! Jellyfish and kelp were gorgeous. Being from east coast, we are very familiar with Baltimore Aquarium and Atlanta Aquarium. Monterey is considerably smaller, so not sure high price justifies exhibits and scope of Aquarium. Great location to walk around cannery to grab lunch and go back for a second round. our children were very excited to see and learn about marine life.

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  • Monterey Bay Aquarium is a spectacular and amazing place to visit. I was in complete and absolute awe of the place; it is so huge! I didn't know what to expect of the place because I never visited before. There was so many things to see and experience. However, I only got to see maybe tenth of the place but I must come back to complete my visit. In addition , the staff was enjoyable to listen to and very knowledgeable. I especially like the passion they put into their work in saving these beautiful and majestic animals from becoming extinct and as ambassadors they are educating the public about animals that are on the endangered species. Thank you. Monterey Bay Aquarium for a memorable experience.

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  • Amazing place to see for first time visitors. It's 50$ ticket price for an adult which I think is slightly on the expensive side. Heard that it has got the largest jellyfish collection in United States. Overall enjoyable experience. Had a very comfortable and cozy cafeteria. Kids would enjoy it a lot. They would never want to leave and may even force you to keep bringing them back.

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