Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Cannery Row, Monterey
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  • sea otters
  • sharks
  • open sea
  • octopus
  • tours
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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
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • 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!
    Upvoted Aug 25
  • 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.
    Upvoted Aug 14
  • Elizabeth R.
    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 Bowles1 week ago
    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.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Wilson F.
    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.
  • 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.
    Upvoted Aug 20
  • 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.
  • Jason F.
    Jason FontanaFebruary 2, 2015
    Worth a visit just for the jellies. The rest is cool but not as much. If you plan to take pictures, turn off the flash, set an high aperture and aim for 1 1/100s shutter speed.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Sean M.
    Sean MillerAugust 21
    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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Katie F.
    Katie FahrionJanuary 17
    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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rachel W.
    Rachel WolfeSeptember 27
    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.
  • Chloe W.
    The jellyfish is a no miss. The kelp forest was magnifasent. To tour the aquarium takes a good 3-4 hours. But seriously though, don't miss the jellyfish!!!!😁😁🐙🐠🐟🐡🐚🦀🐌
  • Matthew H.
    Matthew HuieFebruary 6
    One of the best aquariums in the world! It's worth the drive from the Bay Area. Make sure you check out the jellyfish!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Al B.
    Al B.August 13
    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!
  • Pruthvidhar R.
    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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Zane L.
    Zane LattaAugust 8, 2014
    Tuna, sharks, jellies, octopi. Everything's pretty great. Price is steep, however. And packed with tourists.
  • Alexandre H.
    Quality > quantity. This aquarium is not the largest one you'll visit, but definitely will be one of the best you'll ever see.
  • 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!!
  • Lily E.
    Lily ElbaumFebruary 10, 2015
    Awesome place!! 👍👍👍 recommended for everyone who is an animal lover. Take your time there to really experience the wonder of all.
  • 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!
  • Destynee A.
    Destynee AutumnMarch 28, 2015
    Everything is so well put up and together. Love the Tentacle exhibit and Jellyfish one too!!
  • Billy A.
    Billy AmparanoAugust 7, 2014
    So many awesome sea animals! Amazing place to take kids, family, or even a date.
  • Tracy M.
    Crowded so plan your trip. Get there early or just before closing. The annual passes are the best value.
  • Vinay Y.
    Vinay YakkundiMarch 8, 2015
    Amazing aquarium and great for kids but very expensive ($40 for adults).
  • 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
  • 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
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