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

About Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey

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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Things to Know Before Visiting Monterey Bay Aquarium

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

  • 75.3% of people start their Monterey Bay Aquarium visit around 1 PM - 2 PM

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

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53.52% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Monterey Bay Aquarium

People normally club together Cannery Row and 17-Mile Drive At Pebble Beach while planning their visit to Monterey Bay Aquarium.

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  • Go before noon or maybe a few hours before closing as it gets really, really crowded. Consider a membership as 1-day passes are pricey. Great areas for young children to have a hands on experience and learn from patient and kind docents. Lots of places to step out for fresh air or to sit and rest. Plan on at least a half day there to enjoy everything they offer. Amazing special events, see their website. Have only eaten there a couple times, not bad, nothing to rave about though. We don’t go there for the food.

  • What's not to love about this place?! Who knew the were so many different species of Jelly Fish? It's a little pricey and not too many deep discounts available, but it's a really nice and well run aquarium and it's totally non profit with all the money going to local Ocean life conservation. Their memberships are even tax deductible. The staff are so knowledgeable and so friendly. They're really eager to share or answer your million questions or just let you observe in peace if you'd like. My wife and I had a great day in Monterey at the aquarium! They close at 5 so get there early. We didn't realize that and got there at noon. It takes a full five hours to see it all. And you still won't get it all in if you linger too long memorized by the Jelly Fish! Don't ask me how I know.

  • Over 35000 creatures of 550 different species and a beautiful view of the clear water over the bay. This aquarium was huge! Awesome marine life with well thought out design and layout. Nice $10 parking for the day right on the corner and after a few hours inside you can go to cannery row for the boutique shops. Literally had a blast.

  • This aquarium is world-renowned for good reason! I had the good luck to visit the Seattle Aquarium and the Monterey Bay Aquarium within two weeks of each other. The Seattle Aquarium is good, and gets a lot of attention in the Pacific Northwest. However, it is nowhere on the level of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It is literally like comparing a t-ball team to an MLB championship team. It isn't just the exhibits at the Monterey Bay Aquarium has but the way they display them and makes it so amazing. They have history and science and art all combined to make an experience that you will remember for a lifetime. On one side of the aquarium is temporary exhibits, which happened to be my favorite this time, and the other side is very exciting and dramatic display. Whoever is in charge is amazing, and is my aquarium hero.

  • I love the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Everything is so amazing. The fish and animals are well cared for. In addition, the aquarium has a little museum area where it illustrates the history of the surround area and buildings. Perfect place to bring your family, your date, or just a friend. It is pricey, but your money goes to supporting an institute that preserves the ocean critters, educates the community, and strives to learn more about the ocean.

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