Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Aquarium
Cannery Row, Monterey
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  • Mike W.
    Mike WinstonMarch 6, 2015
    Skip the cafeteria and enjoy high-quality seafood with gorgeous views at Cindy's Waterfront instead. Clam Chowder & other seafood dishes is where they shine. Read all about it on WinstonWanders below! Read more
  • Rex E.
    Rex EspirituDecember 30, 2013
    '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!
  • Chris O.
    Chris OSeptember 15, 2014
    If otters are your thing, obviously this is the must go to place. Pay the extra and get the behind the scenes tour. You get plenty of time with staff and can see (obstructed) some surrogate otters.
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongDecember 8, 2014
    Majestic! Definitely worth checking out if you have never been there! There are student discounts and some hotels offers 2 days for the price of 1.
  • Elizabeth R.
    Elizabeth RiceJune 15, 2016
    The staff here is so nice! And the sea otters are adorable. The view from their cafeteria is amazing and super relaxing if you go before or after lunch rush.
  • Ashley B.
    Ashley BowlesOctober 18, 2016
    Wow! Can't say enough good things about this place. Very expensive, but worth a visit. Go during the week to avoid the crowds. Look up the feeding schedule in advance.
  • Rory W.
    Rory WehrlieOctober 10, 2015
    Buy your tickets online. You can skip the line and walk right in. Feeding starts at 10:30, so don't spend your time waiting to get inside. http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/
  • Wilson F.
    Wilson Favre-DelerueAugust 14, 2016
    CROWDED. Try to avoid weekend visits and be prepared for the USD 49.95 entrance for adults. Beyond that, well worth a visit. Jellyfish, otters and sharks all must-see.
  • Varun
    VarunSeptember 10, 2015
    Very nice aquarium. Lots of great exhibits including the new open sea section. Also, there are interesting shows in the auditorium. Lines outside are really long, and maybe ease up a bit after 2pm.
  • Andrew L.
    Andrew LamAugust 20, 2013
    Don't miss the kelp forest, the adorable sea otters, the touch pools, and the Open Sea tank filled with sharks, sea turtles, and glittering schools of sardines swimming against an endless current.
  • Cindy M.
    Cindy MaOctober 29, 2016
    This is the best thing to do in Monterey! Definitely do not miss the feeding shows, the jellyfish exhibit and the Kelp Forest. There's so much to do here!
  • Rebecca W.
    Rebecca WangJanuary 2, 2015
    Jellyfish exhibits are really fun. Love that they arrange kids and shorter folks in front for feeding shows. Definitely geared towards inspiring kids.
  • Joanna F.
    Joanna Flamm3 weeks ago
    Buy your tickets online ahead of time and skip the line. Need a break from the crazy? Stamp your hand with their cool black light stamp, leave for lunch, and come back refreshed.
  • James C.
    James CJuly 29, 2013
    Really cool aquarium totally worth it if you have the City Pass from San Francisco. Saves you a ton of money and the huge lines at the front. Go early because it gets packed.
  • David B.
    David BoneNovember 11, 2016
    Amazing place all around. Take at least a half day to explore with your friends and family. That won't be enough to see all it has to offer. Lot's to do for kids too.
  • Adaire S.
    Reach out and get in touch with the "Tentacles" exhibit they have going on now! Cephalopods galore, from squid, octopus, cuttlefish (they are amazing!) and interactive activities for all.
  • Anthony Y.
    Anthony YouhasJanuary 3, 2015
    Aim early or aim late if you wanna avoid the teeming crowds. That said: the aquarium is always a marvelous time. The otter exhibit, the penguins, ocean sunfish when they're on display: just glorious.
  • Perla F.
    Perla FdzJuly 2, 2013
    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!
  • Scott P.
    Scott PJune 28, 2014
    The jellyfish exhibit is off the charts. Also if you have never seen a octopus they have several. Be aware the price is a little steep around $40 per adult ticket. But it's worth the money.
  • Sean M.
    Sean MillerAugust 21, 2016
    A must see if you are in Monterey. Lots of great exhibits with a huge variety of sea life. It can get crowded on the weekends but we don't seem to mind.
  • Katharine R.
    Katharine RobinsonDecember 27, 2011
    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
  • Katie F.
    Katie FahrionJanuary 17, 2016
    Wonderful aquarium!•Staff are very knowledgeable•Scenic view of The Bay•Hands on/interactive exhibits•Must visit the Open Ocean exhibit•Cafeteria provided within the aquarium
  • Kaitlin L.
    Kaitlin LeeMay 30, 2015
    street parking was a hassle... i almost drove back to uber it. all the way at the end by the mexican restaurant they have 4hr metered parking. be sure to use your student id for a discount
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkAugust 14, 2013
    Don't miss the jellyfish or seahorses in this neat little aquarium. It only takes an hour or two to go through, but clear the day and you can explore Cannery Row.
  • Mark C.
    Mark ChaseOctober 10, 2012
    If you love the sea and the life it contains, you'll love this place and it's programs. Always something new to explore and a blast for the family time and again.
  • Amanda T.
    Amanda TaylorJune 7, 2013
    Free wifi inside the cafe and some other areas! Make sure to check out the observation Deck decks overlooking the bay--you can see otters and seal lions hanging out in the kelp beds.
  • Israel K.
    Israel KleinAugust 23, 2014
    Fabulous, interactive, big but can get really crowded. It pays to be a member if you're a local. Feeding time for penguins is neat and sea otters are adorable.
  • Kaustubh T.
    Kaustubh ThirumalaiDecember 23, 2016
    As a friend said, this is a small, but tightly-run ship! Go see the otters and the jellies - they're my favorites!
  • Linda M.
    Linda McbainFebruary 15, 2015
    Beautiful jelly fish and generally really well laid out aquarium. Just felt a bit sad about the small penguin enclosure.
  • Caleb C.
    Caleb CAugust 16, 2011
    Charge your phone in the various outlets throughout the 2nd floor (and viewing balcony) of the 'Open Sea' exhibit. Where else can you get such spectacular views whilst charging your phone?
  • Kevin F.
    Kevin FloresNovember 19, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome exhibits and crew! There's so much to see and learn at the aquarium! Take your time - it's a great place to visit all year long.
  • Matthew H.
    Matthew HuieFebruary 6, 2016
    One of the best aquariums in the world! It's worth the drive from the Bay Area. Make sure you check out the jellyfish!
  • Igor M.
    Igor Miniailo1 week ago
    Very good exposition. Lot of aquariums with ocean inhabitants fishes and mammals. Don't miss thematic shows
  • Rachel W.
    Rachel WolfeSeptember 27, 2016
    A beautiful, well-maintained & simply stunning aquarium...& they charge accordingly. I was prepared to pay a lot to get in, but the price gouging in the gift shops and cafe was borderline insulting.
  • Cameron M.
    Cameron MadduxJuly 6, 2015
    While the otters are fun and the jellyfish are beautiful - the true magic of this place is the octopus! So worth waiting for it to dance.
  • S D.
    S DAugust 19, 2015
    One of the best and interesting acquariums around. The staff is ready to educate, and really appreciated the conservation component of this special place.
  • Denise B.
    Denise BaumAugust 2, 2012
    If you go to the kelp forest feeding and you want to watch from the area on the floor you will be asked to sit in the floor. It may be difficult for some to get up afterwards.
  • David A.
    David AllardyceOctober 19, 2013
    An absolutely brilliant place to visit. Make sure you see the jellyfish exhibits and don't miss the Open Sea Feeding show at 11 a.m.
  • La C.
    La CjargneleJune 8, 2013
    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.
  • Ming L.
    Ming LeeDecember 26, 2013
    Sign up for their text alerts. They will notify you about wildlife sightings. We saw whales and dolphins from the observation deck. Awesome!
  • Edrea
    EdreaFebruary 27, 2012
    By far my absolute favorite aquarium. If you're visiting San Fran... take a drive to Monterey and visit... you won't be disappointed. The exhibits are breathtaking!
  • Al B.
    Al B.August 13, 2016
    LOVE the aquarium. Best in the bay for an amazing experience of the ocean, and get a membership for the price of 1.5 admission!
  • Lee M.
    Lee McEachernSeptember 9, 2010
    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
  • Phil S.
    Phil SuhMarch 19, 2013
    This place is amazing! Don't miss feeding times at the penguin and kelp forest enclosures, and the jellies experience is a must see!!
  • takishido n.
    takishido nekoSeptember 2, 2014
    While this is the best place to see otters up close, most exhibits unfortunately eschew the details in favor of an overly kid-friendly simplification.
  • Elynn L.
    Elynn LeeOctober 7, 2015
    Awesome exhibits and really attentive staff. Highly recommend going to the feeding events (especially otters and penguins). Very educational
  • Pruthvidhar R.
    Pruthvidhar RaoJune 3, 2016
    Behind-the-scenes tour is the best part. We had so many questions, you can get them clarified from this tour, first look around the aquarium
  • Zane L.
    Zane LattaAugust 8, 2014
    Tuna, sharks, jellies, octopi. Everything's pretty great. Price is steep, however. And packed with tourists.
  • Theo H.
    Theo HollerbachNovember 7, 2011
    Try the Ham and Cheese Quiche - Actually we are eating thus quiche because it came from Parisian bakery fluffy perfect cheese and the crust so flaky wow
  • Dani
    DaniMarch 31, 2012
    If you live in the area, the membership is the way to go! It was perfect for something fun and cheap to do in between pay checks.
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