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Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, Santa Monica

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#7 of 7 in Parks in Santa Monica
Science Museum Zoo / Aquarium
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4.3
  • Tank attached to the Santa Monica Pier. Small place, but the kids like it a lot. Ticket cheap $5. But we don't need to pay, as we were with the Go Card.
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  • In terms of Aquariums, this is not the Baltimore Aquarium or the Monterey Aquarium. It is open daily from 2 - 6 pm. It is staffed by volunteers who want to share their love of the sea life in the Sant...  more »
  • Kids 12 and under are free, and adults are inexpensive. My kids loved the touch tanks, and we finally had to make them leave. They spent a long time talking to all of the touch tank workers and learni...  more »
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  • Cheap and small. But still very cool to see. Plus the staff were incredibly friendly and fun to talk to
  • We decided to go since we had bought the Malibu go pass, where you do as many things in a day as possible for one price. We don't ride in elevators (claustrophobic), and the staff was friendly enough to walk us down to the emergency exit and let us in that way. It was smaller than expected, but still really nice. We went in the morning and it wasn't crowded at all. My favorite was the jellyfish. They also had an area upstairs where you could see more animals and touch starfish. Overall, a positive experience.
  • Cute, but overpriced. I get it though, $ for research and other good things I suppose. It was a nice distraction for my kid who loves fish.
  • Smaller than you think, but fun to learn about the local habitat. Heal The Bay is also there, which works tirelessly to protect our coastline.
  • Its the greatest pier ever. End if the famous Route 66

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