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Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks
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4.4/5 based on 9,500+ reviews on the web
Located on the site of a former sardine cannery on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, Monterey Bay Aquarium features an 8.5 m (28 ft) viewing tank that was the first in the world to grow giant kelp. The aquarium also holds thousands of plants and animals representing more than 600 different species. You can inspect the creatures of the kelp forest from several levels in the building. Visit the largest tank in the aquarium--with one of the biggest single-paned windows in the world--for a rare chance to observe a population of ocean sunfish in captivity. Other highlights include exhibits of stingrays, bluefin tuna, jellyfish, and sea otters, viewable from above and below the waterline. Using our world travel planner, Monterey attractions like Monterey Bay Aquarium can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • He does not deserve the title of the most beautiful aquarium in the world it's expensive 50 dollar the entered find parking nearby much activity for children some basins interesting especially for the sharks that can be seen evolve on several levels
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  • We love this aquarium and visit regularly. Try to avoid Saturday's if possible. Crowds are sizable and it's hard to see some exhibits. 
  • Actually, there's a lot more to this aquarium than fish. It reminds me of the Smithsonians in DC with all its exhibits and shows. I've been there before, but I didn't remember it being as extensive as...  read more »
  • So good to be able to see all the sealife up close and personally. I love to see all the fish and animals and creatures there. We went with a stroller and a young baby and with elderly immobile grandparents and it was a fun day for all. We had a group of 15-20 and we all enjoyed it. Great for big groups. Food is overpriced though so bring a lunch box! Free parking nearby too.
  • This aquarium was really fun to visit! I loved learning the history of Cannery Row and how a cannery worked, and it's so interesting to me that Monterey Bay Aquarium resides in an old cannery. The kelp exhibit was so mesmerizing, as was the open ocean exhibit. Go here and support the animals! You won't be disappointed!
  • If you love aquariums then this one is worth going to see. They have a wide range of different types of species including reptiles. The jellyfish and octopus they have are outstanding! I also learned while there that you can sign up to do some snorkeling with the staff. This is definitely a place to take your little ones. The town here is also full of fun shops and candy stores that will certainly bring out the kid in you too...Loved it here!
  • Haven't read a lot about this aquarium before arriving my hopes were high, sadly I was a little let down. Now before that gets taken as gospel, I went on a Sunday with a huge amount of kids there so it was tough to just walk in a straight line and even harder to see all the fish and other sea life. Secondly I didn't see any of the shows/talks so I'm not able to review those. I felt the exhibits (if you want to call them that) were OK but not amazing. There was one a section about deep ocean life which was amazing and the jelly fish section was beautiful. If the whole aquarium would have been like these two then I would have given a better review, but just felt I had to literally fight my way through kids and other tourists just to see something mediocre. That being said there were sections that were amazing but the whole thing didn't live up to the type a not quite worth the $50 ticket.
  • The kids loved the Monterey Aquarium. As compared to our local Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach has quite a few additional and unique exhibits. The tentacles area was an interesting and educational blend of live exhibits, art, and informational displays. The Open Sea aquarium is amazing. These extras are reflected however in the significantly higher price (for both one day and yearly membership).
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