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Salinas Monterey Bay Aquarium
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Monterey Bay Aquarium

886 Cannery Row , Monterey, California, 93940
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Monterey Bay Aquarium

Explore the deep ocean's wonders at this family-friendly attraction along the beautiful Pacific coast at Cannery Row in Monterey, CA. Over 600 species of marine animals, from sharks and a giant octopus to sea otters and penguins, are on display in Monterey Bay Aquarium and featured in shows. Kids will love the interactive exhibits and games that are perfect for all ages. Grab a snack or meal at one of the many onsite food options, and don't forget to pick up a souvenir from the gift shop!


Hours -

Daily 10am-6pm (open until 5pm in Winter and until 8pm on summer weekends)

Prices -

$39.95, children 3-12 $24.95, seniors and students $34.95


  • Behind-the-Scenes Tours
  • Family Sleepovers
  • Underwater Adventures


  • Animal Displays
  • Dining & Shopping
  • Educational Programs
  • Aquatic Shows
  • Games & Interactive Exhibits


All areas of the aquarium can be reached either by elevator or lifts. Wheelchairs are available at no cost and closed captioning is offered for those with hearing needs. Guests with visual impairments can use touch to experience many of the exhibits.


Whether you love sea otters, sharks, or jellyfish, there are countless amazing exhibits to experience at the aquarium. Observe frolicking penguins in the Splash Zone or see giant sea turtles up close in the Open Sea.


  • What kind of tours are available?

    There is a wide variety of fun behind-the-scenes tours from feeding marine animals before the museum opens to romantic expeditions after dark, check out the website to see all of the exciting options.
  • When is the best time to visit to avoid crowds?

    Winter is always slower at the aquarium, and late afternoons between 2 and 6pm are usually a lot less crowded. During the busy summer months, try visiting on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.

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