Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey

4.5
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. For Monterey Bay Aquarium and beyond, use our Monterey driving holiday planner to get the most from your Monterey vacation.
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  • Volunteers everywhere to answer questions. Great for young children to older folks. The views were amazing. One volunteer had soooo much knowledge. Amazing. Don't miss this place.  more »
  • Fun for our whole family, lots to see and do. Many hands on activities for young children and a small playground inside. Only con was we were not able to rent a stroller for our 3 year old, but with h...  more »
  • This aquarium is the perfect blend of conservation, education, and fascination. They have terrific exhibits but all of them work to educate the public about the need to protect our communities, our se...  more »
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  • Absolutely love the aquarium! Went on a Thursday where it wasn't too busy, but had many kids running around with a school field trip. Still was nice to see all the excited kids. Population area is definitely the jellyfish area. It lights up and shows off the beauty of the creatures. Has an area that also has some great history about Cannery Row. Has a restaurant in house and plenty of restaurants nearby. Lots of fun!
  • This is my favorite aquarium that I have visited. The signage is wonderful. You actually have a good sense of what animals you are looking at and how the space models their natural habitat. The aquarium appears to be really centered on both education and conservation, quite unlike some others I've visited whose stated mission is "entertainment". The aquarium makes a wonderful use of the natural environment and seeks to harmonize with surroundings rather than simply existing there. Well worth a visit!
  • A great aquarium with impressive fish tanks. The entrance fee is high (50 dollars for grown up) but we found it worth every penny. We were able to entertain our self all day. Furthermore, the aquarium is very much involved in keeping the local ocean healthy. All in all a great experience on a rainy day :).
  • Crowded and expensive, but you must see this aquarium, it's worth it. It's one of the best in the world. The exhibits are educational and informative Great for kids and families. There is a gift shop and cafe. You will spend hours here, and if you want some air, just walk outside and enjoy the view, but if you leave the aquarium get your hand stamped for quick re-entry. Monterey itself is beautiful and you will enjoy the city and the restaurants they have. The bay and wildlife are right in front of you, you will see sea otters, sea lions and even whales. Gorgeous place and you should see it at least once in your lifetime. Go! Preferably on a weekday when the crowds are not as huge.
  • One of my children's favorite places to go. One of my wife's favorite aquariums in the country. I get to see my wife and children full of joy and excitement because of this place and I love all the displays as well. There are also a bunch of great seafood restaurants around the aquarium and beach access around the corner. All this adds up a to a wonderful full day to be planned and experienced! There is no way anyone can have a bad time, heck there are even a few places in walking distance dedicated to sweets so you can wrap the day up with dessert. All of the staff of the aquarium know much more then just their assigned exhibit and they all the schedule of events memorized so they can direct you to the best possible course of navigating through the aquarium along with suggestions on the different shows like the penguin feeding!
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