Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium

886 Cannery Row (at David Ave.), Monterey, CA 93940, United States
Closed until 9:30am (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 9:30 AM–6:00 PM
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The world-class Aquarium is on historic Cannery Row in Monterey and open daily except Christmas. Hours at or (831) 648-4888.


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  • "... Make sure you see the jellyfish exhibits and don't miss the Open Sea Feeding show at..." (8 tips)
  • "One, if not the best aquarium, the jellyfish exhibit is just beautiful !!" (6 tips)
  • "... balcony) of the 'Open Sea' exhibit. Where else can you get such..." (6 tips)
  • Jennifer F.

    The Monterey Bay Aquarium is absolutely one of the BEST aquariums in the world. Don't miss it when you're visiting Monterey, California.

    Jennifer Filzen · August 4, 2009
  • Reed M.

    see the sea horses and jellyfish!

    Reed Morse · July 26, 2009
  • ScottySauce

    If your hungry be sure to eat inside the restaurant and skip the regular old cafeteria!

    ScottySauce · August 16, 2011
  • Dr. Crabblesnitch

    bring earplugs so you don't have to listen to everyone's little broods of failure screaming at the top of their lungs. kids stink.

    Dr. Crabblesnitch · September 26, 2010
  • SeeMonterey

    Check out the newly rennovated "Open Sea" exhibit. Beautiful jellies, sharks, mola molas and puffins!

    SeeMonterey · September 16, 2011
  • Colin P.

    Oddly romantic. Very moving. Wish they would have a kid-free day. Is that so wrong?

    Colin Pestinger · February 1, 2012
  • Jingtao W.

    Free wifi!

    Jingtao Wang · July 24, 2010
  • Leigh

    Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium and see the amazing kelp forest, penguin show & the tidepools.

    Leigh · May 29, 2010
  • Jennifer F.

    If you're visiting San Francisco, don't forget to visit the Monterey Peninsula and see the beauty of Monterey, Carmel, and Big Sur.

    Jennifer Filzen · August 4, 2009
  • Steven Y.

    Don't try to drown children in the bat ray touch pools. There is a little freshwater tank around the corner that's much better for that.

    Steven Y. · February 15, 2013
  • April G.

    The Seahorse and Flamingo/Climate Warming exhibits are great! Lots of great activities for children throughout the whole place.

    April Geer · May 24, 2010
  • Katharine R.

    The Cetacean Institute scenes of Star Trek IV were filmed at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Kirk and Spock meet Dr Gillian Taylor and humpback whales George & Gracie at the Cetacean Institute. Read more

    Katharine R · December 27, 2011
  • Michelle S.

    To find out when the Otters get fed you can use your phone and text 'feeding' to 56512 to receive text alerts about unscheduled feedings and other exciting stuff throughout the day!

    Michelle Saar · April 13, 2011
  • Steve C.

    Bring your girlfriend to the jellyfish tanks! Romantic mixed with nerd coolness.

    Steve Coleman · March 31, 2012
  • Kristina Q.

    Please turn your flash off, it will harm the sea life.

    Kristina Q · January 31, 2011
  • Casi G.

    The jellyfish exhibit is amazing! Read more

    Casi Gerber · May 31, 2011
  • Jennifer F.

    I love the Aquarium!

    Jennifer Filzen · April 30, 2010
  • Dark Angel

    Early morning

    Dark Angel · May 29, 2013
  • SeeMonterey

    Be sure to check out their newest exhibit the "Open Sea" which features sharks, jellies and puffins!

    SeeMonterey · July 12, 2011
  • Bryan

    The outer bay exhibit is awesome!

    Bryan · January 24, 2011
  • JoonYoun J.

    Amazing Place!

    JoonYoun Jeon · May 3, 2010
  • Jeanie C.

    Go here and check out the marine life!

    Jeanie Conner · April 3, 2010
  • Claudia

    One of the most amazing things I've seen in my life.

    Claudia · September 6, 2012
  • Sarah C.

    This is the greatest place on earth.

    Sarah C · December 26, 2010
  • Jessica W.

    Go early to avoid being run over by strollers! And don't forget to pet the bat rays!

    Jessica Williamsen · December 12, 2010
  • Lee M.

    The 4:00 Kelp Forest feeding fills up around 3:30. Get there around 3:15 and sit on the back bench. You will have a full view and the stairwell behind you will provide a backrest. Read more

    Lee McEachern · September 9, 2010
  • Jamie C.

    Come see me perform shows on the Great Tide Pool Deck!

    Jamie Cunanan · July 15, 2010
  • Angus B.

    Impressive aquariam but the upstairs is too childish. Decent way to spend the afternoon, but a bit pricey

    Angus Burton · March 2, 2010
  • La C.

    Don't miss the scuba diver feeding sharks, rock fishes etc in the big pool, and the jellyfishes exhibit. Free wifi and useful free app.

    La Cjargnele · June 8, 2013
  • Jaida M.

    It's so amazing you especially the jellyfish you could draw your own jelly fish and it will swim on the projector but I drew a tiger scuba diving

    Jaida Marinas · April 11, 2012
  • Courtney J.

    OTTERS!! so cute. Definitely check out the tide pool touch zones. Great for big kids too! The jellies were stunning. Read more

    Courtney James · July 4, 2011
  • Kevin A.

    Come to the nice restaurant hidden behind the cafe.

    Kevin Arroyo · March 9, 2011
  • Shelley R.

    Make sure to stop and pet the bat rays, they are so friendly!

    Shelley Risk · September 2, 2010
  • Stephen G.

    Do the special feeding tour. Amazing and no crowds.

    Stephen Garcia · April 4, 2010
  • Kevin S.

    Sit upstairs to relax and enjoy the outer bay exhibit

    Kevin Stube · January 1, 2010
  • Noah M.

    There are giant crowds, but the cafe sells beer and wine to take the edge off. Oh yeah, the jellyfish are really neat.

    Noah Manion · December 24, 2013
  • Kate R.

    Please don't harass the starfish. They're doing their best.

    Kate Rhoades · September 1, 2013
  • Wavedivas S.

    Get a membership, it's very worth it!

    Wavedivas Surf · February 26, 2013
  • Tomoko H.

    Amazing jellyfish!

    Tomoko Hosaka · April 14, 2012
  • Stuart B.

    Excellent interactive exhibits, great for kids. Go after lunch when it's a bit quieter. Read more

    Stuart Barr · May 31, 2011
  • Kelsea L.

    Don't go on Saturday

    Kelsea Lundquist · April 10, 2010
  • Rex E.

    '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!

    Rex Espiritu · December 30, 2013
  • Ming L.

    Sign up for their text alerts. They will notify you about wildlife sightings. We saw whales and dolphins from the observation deck. Awesome!

    Ming Lee · December 26, 2013
  • Ming L.

    Go to the Deep Sea feeding at 11a. There's only one a day. Other feedings (penguins, sea otters) occur at least twice.

    Ming Lee · December 26, 2013
  • Perla F.

    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!

    Perla Fdz · July 2, 2013
  • Delyn S.

    There is only one feeding at The Open Water exhibit at 11am. Get a seat at 10:45am. Amazing.

    Delyn Simons · May 26, 2013
  • Jan I.

    Need to check out the penguin and jellyfish exhibit

    Jan Ikeda · March 21, 2013
  • Willian L.

    Vale o passeio lugar muito bacana!!

    Willian Lin · August 12, 2012
  • Milena M.

    Parada obrigatória eh maravilhoso!

    Milena Mimi · September 22, 2012
  • Victor E.

    Não deixe de ver os Cavalos Marinhos e as Águas-Vivas. Imperdível!!!

    Victor Emm 🎮 · July 2, 2013

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