Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Aquarium · Cannery Row
886 Cannery Row (at David Ave.), Monterey, CA 93940, United States
Closed until 10:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 10:00 AM–5:00 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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    David A.
    "jellyfish exhibits and don't miss the Open Sea Feeding show"(26 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!!"(13 Tips)
    Kevin A.
    "The jellyfish exhibits are excellent."(14 Tips)
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  • feeding
  • sea otters
  • penguins
  • fish
  • octopus
  • tours
  • aquariums
  • scenic views
  • jellyfish
  • café
  • exhibits
  • cute
  • discounts
  • scuba diving
  • jellies
  • projectors
  • free Wifi
  • squid
  • swimming pool
  • sushi
  • Rich P.

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

    Rich Park · 15 hours ago
  • Ricardo C.

    The fishes

    Ricardo Casas · 2 days ago
  • Ricardo C.

    The exhibits!

    Ricardo Casas · 2 days ago
  • m d.

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

    m d · 1 week ago
  • 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 · 2 weeks ago
  • Ashley S.

    Sea otters are the best!

    Ashley Spears · 3 weeks ago
  • Enda N.

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

    Enda Nasution · October 20
  • Jocelyn G.

    All the sea🌊 creatures

    Jocelyn Gabriel · October 18
  • 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
  • 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
  • Al W.

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

    Al Wootten · October 1
  • Derek F.

    Don't miss the sea otters getting fed!

    Derek Flanzraich · September 25
  • Chris C.

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

    Chris Cromwell · September 24
  • 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
  • Karolina R.

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

    Karolina Raginel · September 8
  • Sarah F.

    Amazing underwater views!

    Sarah Fernandes · September 7
  • Jeff B.

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

    Jeff Bell · August 31
  • 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
  • Meghan S.

    Great views and just an awesome aquarium

    Meghan Smith · August 13
  • Nicole B.

    Go see the deep sea presentation in the auditorium!

    Nicole B. · August 3
  • Gs R.

    Octopus is the highlight.

    Gs Raju · July 28
  • Shalimar M.

    Huuuuge Aquarium! So much fun for the family 👍🏼

    Shalimar Malik · July 25
  • 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
  • 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
  • Keith B.

    Packed on July 4th!

    Keith Blodorn · July 4
  • Anton S.

    The God-damn pharaoh cuttlefish, c'mon!

    Anton Shuster · July 3
  • JJ V.

    Really nice aquarium with excellent learning.

    JJ Venturini · June 21
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ray H.

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

    Ray Hartjen · May 26
  • 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
  • Chris M.

    The sea otters are adorable.

    Chris Marra · May 23
  • Itai J.

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

    Itai Jamshy · April 7
  • Lauren A.

    Bery well designed and interactive

    Lauren Altman · April 2
  • Destynee A.

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

    Destynee Autumn · March 28
  • Flan T.

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

    Flan Tastic · March 24
  • Ann W.

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

    Ann Wixom · March 19
  • Spindrift Inn - Monterey

    Take a look at the jellyfishes and all of their beauty!

  • Martin H.

    Very expensive entry fee, $40, and the place is very much aimed at kids. Though the jellyfish exhibition is worth the $40 in itself, not the "jellyfish experience" but the low lit exhibition

    Martin Hansen · March 17
  • Steven W.

    Best aquarium I've visited with sheer variety, creativity and originality..

    Steven Waller · March 13
  • Vinay Y.

    Amazing aquarium and great for kids but very expensive ($40 for adults).

    Vinay Yakkundi · March 8
  • Vinay Y.

    Amazing aquarium

    Vinay Yakkundi · March 8
  • Mike W.

    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

    Mike Winston · March 6
  • S_J L.

    amazing place♡ my fav. part is the otter feeding show! kelp forest n jellyfish :)

    S_J L · February 16
  • Libby L.

    If you don't like crowds, don't come here. If you want to make eye contact with a tuna that is larger than you, come here.

    Libby Lee-Egan · February 15
  • Linda M.

    Beautiful jelly fish and generally really well laid out aquarium. Just felt a bit sad about the small penguin enclosure.

    Linda Mcbain · February 15
  • Carlos O.

    Check out the noses of the sharks and rays. What happened to them?

    Carlos Ochoa · February 15
  • Annie O.

    Don't forget to check out the octopus & seahorses

    Annie Ochoa Benitez · February 15
  • Carlos O.

    You have to see the octopus

    Carlos Ochoa · February 14

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