Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Aquarium · Cannery Row
886 Cannery Row (at David Ave.), Monterey, CA 93940, United States
Open until 5:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 10:00 AM–5:00 PM

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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    David A.
    "jellyfish exhibits and don't miss the Open Sea Feeding show"(27 Tips)
    "Be sure to check out the sea otters before they fall asleep."(15 Tips)
    Shannon H.
    "Don't miss the flamingos, penguins, or puffins!!"(14 Tips)
    Kevin A.
    "The jellyfish exhibits are excellent."(14 Tips)
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  • feeding
  • sea otters
  • penguins
  • octopus
  • fish
  • tours
  • aquariums
  • scenic views
  • café
  • jellyfish
  • exhibits
  • cute
  • discounts
  • jellies
  • scuba diving
  • projectors
  • free Wifi
  • swimming pool
  • squid
  • sushi
  • Bill M.

    I think it is the best in the USA !

    Bill Michaels · 4 days ago
  • Matthew H.

    One of the best aquariums in the world! It's worth the drive from the Bay Area. Make sure you check out the jellyfish!

    Matthew Huie · 1 week ago
  • Ruchi B.

    jellies are the best

    Ruchi Bansal · 1 week ago
  • Hal T.

    The otters are terrific. The massive fish of the Pacific floor to ceiling tank is just awe inspiring.

    Hal Tague · 2 weeks ago
  • Ben M.

    Best aquarium I've been to. Amazing kelp forest exhibit.

    Ben Mayson · 3 weeks ago
  • Katie F.

    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

    Katie Fahrion · January 17
  • James T.

    I wish the Penguins had more space to swim 😞

    James T · January 4
  • James T.

    Feeding at the Open Sea is breathtaking.

    James T · January 4
  • Harry S.

    Wear comfortable shoes.

    Harry Soulette · December 31, 2015
  • Colin M.

    Cafe tip - Buy a coffee and it's free refills all day with your receipt.

    Colin M · December 31, 2015
  • Caitlin S.

    Once a year locals get in for free. Same for students.

    Caitlin Stinneford · December 29, 2015
  • Shane W.

    A lot of interesting things to see.

    Shane Williamson · November 29, 2015
  • Rich P.

    Surprisingly very unique settings like the jellyfish, and a giant school of fish.

    Rich Park · November 28, 2015
  • Ricardo C.

    The fishes

    Ricardo Casas · November 26, 2015
  • Ricardo C.

    The exhibits!

    Ricardo Casas · November 26, 2015
  • m d.

    Big and beautiful. Honestly compared to ones in Japan, little less impressed.

    m d · November 20, 2015
  • Dørte

    we really wanted to visit Monterey bay aquarium but didn't have time to spend more than two hours... way to expensive though (40$)

    Dørte · November 10, 2015
  • Ashley S.

    Sea otters are the best!

    Ashley Spears · November 1, 2015
  • Enda N.

    Here for TED Fellow Dinner, amazing place to have dinner here

    Enda Nasution · October 20, 2015
  • Jocelyn G.

    All the sea🌊 creatures

    Jocelyn Gabriel · October 18, 2015
  • Rory W.

    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.

    Rory Wehrlie · October 10, 2015
  • Elynn L.

    Awesome exhibits and really attentive staff. Highly recommend going to the feeding events (especially otters and penguins). Very educational

    Elynn Lee · October 7, 2015
  • Al W.

    One cannot just do a quick tour... $40 admission, even just to the gift shop!

    Al Wootten · October 1, 2015
  • Derek F.

    Don't miss the sea otters getting fed!

    Derek Flanzraich · September 25, 2015
  • Chris C.

    Spend a minute talking to the staff and learn something new about the bay.

    Chris Cromwell · September 24, 2015
  • Varun

    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.

    Varun · September 10, 2015
  • Karolina R.

    Loved it, though I wish they had more sea mammals like sea lions.

    Karolina Raginel · September 8, 2015
  • Sarah F.

    Amazing underwater views!

    Sarah Fernandes · September 7, 2015
  • Jeff B.

    I love aquariums and this is the best one I've been to!

    Jeff Bell · August 31, 2015
  • S D.

    One of the best and interesting acquariums around. The staff is ready to educate, and really appreciated the conservation component of this special place.

    S D · August 19, 2015
  • Meghan S.

    Great views and just an awesome aquarium

    Meghan Smith · August 13, 2015
  • Nicole B.

    Go see the deep sea presentation in the auditorium!

    Nicole B. · August 3, 2015
  • GS Raju

    Octopus is the highlight.

    GS Raju · July 28, 2015
  • Shalimar M.

    Huuuuge Aquarium! So much fun for the family 👍🏼

    Shalimar Malik · July 25, 2015
  • Jordan L.

    There are so many cool things you see here. The place is awesome. So many fascinating animals like sea otters and penguins.

    Jordan Lopez · July 13, 2015
  • Cameron M.

    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.

    Cameron Maddux · July 6, 2015
  • Keith B.

    Packed on July 4th!

    Keith Blodorn · July 4, 2015
  • Anton S.

    The God-damn pharaoh cuttlefish, c'mon!

    Anton Shuster · July 3, 2015
  • JJ V.

    Really nice aquarium with excellent learning.

    JJ Venturini · June 21, 2015
  • Aaron P.

    If you come early, there's free, unlimited parking on Ocean View Blvd., west of the Aquarium after some metered spots

    Aaron Proctor · June 2, 2015
  • Kaitlin L.

    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

    Kaitlin Lee · May 30, 2015
  • Sarah R.

    Lots to love: an octopus, jellyfish exhibits, kelp forest feeding, the tour, and an awesome view of the bay.

    Sarah Rees · May 29, 2015
  • Ray H.

    C'mon, it's the best aquarium in the States. Be sure to check out the jellies.

    Ray Hartjen · May 26, 2015
  • John R.

    Was a shooting location for Star Trek IV, the Voyage Home. Was referred to as the fictional "Cetacean Institute". No humpback whales were actually here, just special effects.

    John R · May 26, 2015
  • Chris M.

    The sea otters are adorable.

    Chris Marra · May 23, 2015
  • Itai J.

    Awesome aquarium, great for family and kids. Gets crowded and claustrophobic during spring break.

    Itai Jamshy · April 7, 2015
  • Lauren A.

    Bery well designed and interactive

    Lauren Altman · April 2, 2015
  • Destynee A.

    Everything is so well put up and together. Love the Tentacle exhibit and Jellyfish one too!!

    Destynee Autumn · March 28, 2015
  • Flan T.

    Nearby parking is 15$ before 4pm and 5$ after, thought the aquarium closes at 5pm

    Flan Tastic · March 24, 2015
  • Ann W.

    Membership is the way to go- speeds up entrance, information on programs, discounts.

    Ann Wixom · March 19, 2015

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