Monterey Bay Aquarium

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  • Address: 886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940, United States
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-8316484800
  • Ticket Price: 40 USD
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Museum, Aquarium, Educational Site, Food And Drinks, Performance, Family And Kids, Picnic Spot, Bird Watching

Monterey Bay Aquarium - Review

Monterey Bay Aquarium is public aquarium in Monterey, California. This second largest aquarium in the world located in California's central coast, end of Cannery Row. 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 monterey bay aquarium 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. Monterey bay aquarium events 2018 include -

  • Evenings by the Bay - start from 30th June to 1st Sep, 6 pm –8 pm
  • Member Night: Picnic by the Bay - 12th July 2018, 7 pm – 9 pm
  • Members' After-Hours Party - 15th Sept, 7 pm – 11 pm
  • Fiesta Del Mar - 14th Oct, 10 am – 5 pm
  • Members' Halloween -  27th Oct, 7 pm – 10 pm
  • Veterans day weekend - 10th Nov - 12th Nov, 10 am – 5 pm
  • Members' Holiday event - 30th Nov, 7 pm – 10 pm
  • Community Open House - 1st Dec – 9 Dec, 10 am — 5 pm

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 monterey bay aquarium 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

Monterey bay aquarium tickets -

  • Adult: USD 49.95
  • Child: USD 29.95
  • Senior/Student: USD 39.95

Monterey bay aquarium tour - 

  • Family tour ticket price: USD 15
  • Underwater explorers tour tickets: USD 95
  • Sleepovers tour price: USD 125
  • Feed the Fish tour price: USD 15
  • Feeding Frenzy tour price: USD 65
  • Jellies and Open Sea tour price: USD 15
  • Shark tour price: USD 30
  • Sea Otter Conservation tour price: USD 15
  • Personal Guided tour price (Max 10 person): USD 180 (6 personS) and USD 30 for each extra persons.
  • Behind-the-Scenes tour price: USD 15

Monterey Bay Aquarium Hours

Monterey bay aquarium timings - 

  • Everyday:  9:30 am –6 pm
  • Cafe: 11 am to 4 pm
  • Coffee Bar: 9:30 am – 6 pm
  • Cindy's Waterfront: 11 am - 3 pm
  • Hours may vary by month and season.

Aquarium shows & feeding time -

  • monterey bay aquarium Sea Otter feeding time: 10:30 am, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm
  • Penguin feeding time: 10:30 am, 3 pm
  • Open Sea feeding time: 11 am
  • Mysteries of the deep sea: 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm
  • Luna: A Sea Otter's Story: 11:30 am, 2 pm, 4 pm
  • Kelp forest feeding: 11:30 am, 4 pm
  • Project White Shark: 12 pm, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm
  • Gray whales, brown pelicans and elephant seals: 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm., 4:30 pm
  • Seabirds feeding: 1:30 pm
  • Behind the Glass: 5 pm, 5:30 pm

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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TripHobo Highlights for Monterey Bay Aquarium

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium Address: 886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940, United States
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium Contact Number: +1-8316484800
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium Timing: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium Price: 40 USD
  • Best time to visit Monterey Bay Aquarium(preferred time): 02:00 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Monterey Bay Aquarium: 03:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Monterey Bay Aquarium

  • 95% of people who visit Monterey include Monterey Bay Aquarium in their plan

  • 73.53% of people start their Monterey Bay Aquarium visit around 1 PM - 2 PM

  • People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

52.47% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Monterey Bay Aquarium

People normally club together Cannery Row and Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Area while planning their visit to Monterey Bay Aquarium.

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Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey Reviews

  • The Monterey Bay Aquarium is by far the greatest public aquarium there is today. Education is offered through live specimens in their native habitats. Their goal is ocean conservation through teaching and public education of mans effect on our valuable natural resource of the oceans and their populations. Spotless, eye candy everywhere! Feeding time is a great attraction and happens often in various exhibits. Touch pools offer hands on for crabs, sea urchins, sea weed, etc. Walk outdoors for a seat on the water and the great Monterey Bay view up close!

  • THE BEST PLACE ON EARTH!!! I like to get in early and during the weekdays (less crowd & leas kids) so I can enjoy the jellyfish room while being able to hear the serene music they have playing. It’s almost emotionally overwhelming for me to watch the jellies do their thing. The whole aquarium is so well thought out and great for all ages. I haven’t tried the food yet, but there is always a big crowd. My family have a membership, which is nice because they have a separate, quicker entrance & you get notifications for special events! The staff is always asking if there’s anything they can do for me or if I do ask a question, they have walked me to where I’m looking. I am so impressed with this place!

  • Incredible place. Watched the penguin feeding and deep sea feeding. Penguins are funny and cute as they rocket around for food. But the deep sea feeding is impressive. 5-6 foot animals darting through the water after squid as a huge bait ball of sardines flow around the safer parts of the tank is something you have to see. All of their exhibits are interesting and have cool creatures to look at. And if you bring binoculars you can even spot wild sea lions and sea otters from the observation deck. It's crowded in the mornings but it's worth it to see the feedings. You can always leave and come back later when the crowds die down in the afternoon. Definitely do a weekday if you can.

  • Have been an aquarium member in the past when it kids were younger. Alas one passed away and the other is growing much too fast. We still visit, but not as often anymore. For children that are small it's great, but as you get older you feel that you've seen it. I suppose they can only grow so much over time. Still highly recommended.

  • Really well executed aquarium. The otters are a big draw but the observation decks on the bay give you a chance to see sea lions, birds, and other animals in the wild. The jellyfish exhibit has to be amongst the best I've seen and I've been to at least 4 aquariums. The restaurant was good. My wife and I had a big lunch for about $40. There's ample parking in the area but we parked in the lot about a block away for $15 (all day).

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