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Monterey Bay Aquarium

886 Cannery Row, Monterey, California 93940 USA

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“over 600 species on display!!!”

The Monterey Bay Aquarium (or MBA, founded 1984) is located on the former site of a sardine cannery on Cannery Row of the Pacific Ocean shoreline in. It has an annual attendance of 1.8 million visitors. It holds thousands of plants and animals, representing 623 separate named species on display. The aquarium benefits by a high circulation of fresh ocean water which is obtained through pipes which pump it in continuously from Monterey Bay. Today, more than 30 years after opening, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a showcase for the habitats and sea life of one of the world's richest marine regions. More than 35,000 creatures representing over 550 species fill 34 major galleries. With nearly 200 exhibits in all, the Aquarium is a window to the wonders of the ocean.

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Reviewed by
James Fisher

  • Road Warrior
  • 528 Reviews
  • 405 Helpful
February 01, 2013
Rated 5.0

This is one of the coolest aquariums ever!

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
rilhawk

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
July 08, 2018
Rated 5.0

You’ll need more than one day to see everything. It is a very large aquarium.

Check your hotel for discount tickets.

Sign up for text alerts to find out when there are feedings, shows, special events, and wild sea life in the ocean outside.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Ryan.E.Woodard

  • 11 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
January 05, 2015
Rated 5.0

Great aquarium, the variety and quality of exhibits is impressive. There are regular shows outside here, and scuba demos for anyone interested in Monterey's marine features. Must see!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
DianaCoughlin

  • 5 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
October 31, 2014
Rated 5.0

Fun for adults and kids alike- Jellyfish exhibit was my favorite. Get there early.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Tatiana Danger

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August 31, 2014
Rated 4.0

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute has a new exhibit called "Tentacles" and the vampire squid will be joining a midwater octopus which is able to change its appearance from translucent to solid orange.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Tatiana Danger

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August 30, 2014
Rated 4.0

The penguin and jellyfish exhibits are fantastic.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Nate

  • 72 Reviews
  • 29 Helpful
July 31, 2014
Rated 5.0

The best aquarium. Even better than Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. You absolutely must see the Sunfish; it's more mesmerizing than a jellyfish display.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
mardi61200

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
July 17, 2014

It is simply amazing.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
marianne.oedum

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 15, 2014
Rated 5.0

Fantastic aquarium😃

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Shannanigens

  • 5 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
September 18, 2017
Rated 5.0

I know it's expensive but this place is amazing. Look at it all, watch a few feedings and 15 minute presentations and you will get your money's worth. We loved the Luna show and feel even better knowing that admission helps pay for their sea otters rescue and rehab program among others. Don't miss the puffins either! Also, expect to pay $40 for an adult tshirt in the gift shop.

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Monterey Bay Aquarium

886 Cannery Row
Monterey, California
93940 USA

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Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Wifi
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