Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey, CA

Where are we going?

Monterey Bay Aquarium
886 Cannery Row


What is there to do?

Oh where to start!?  Monterey Bay Aquarium has been ranked as one of the worlds top aquariums, and more importantly, one of the best places for kids!  There are so many weird and wonderful species that you would rarely come across because they are enjoying life under the sea.

There is a fun “Splash Zone” which is great for those aged 0-12 - there are interactive exhibits, plus penguins, seahorses, and lots of other fun sea creatures.

There are also “touch pools” where kids can really explore with their senses - can you guess what a slimy sea cucumber feels like?  Or a prickly anemone?  Here you can find out.

There are always new and fascinating exhibits to explore, so make sure you ask what it on show during your visit to avoid missing out.   There are also daily shows and feedings so check times for those too, including the feeding of the sea otters, learning how they car for the adorable penguin colony and the important Whales to Windmills which shows off inventions to help our planet, inspired by these beautiful creatures of the ocean. 

Fancy falling asleep next to the sounds of the water and the colors of the fish?  You can!  The aquarium also offer various sleep overs which provide you with some late night snacks, movies, as you see the ocean from a whole different light.  Get your toothbruses ready!

How much does it cost?

Adults: $39.95

Children: $24.95

Discount: Student, seniors and group discounts

Free Under: Children under 3 admitted free

Family Deals: Look for membership options


Need a little extra help?

The aquarium ensure that all areas of the building and its exhibitions are available for wheelchairs.


When can we go?

Open: 10am, Close: 6pm Summer: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Summer Weekends Sat. & Sun. 9:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

Open every day except Christmas Day.


Any top tips?

Allow about 3 hours to see everything in the museum, there is lots to learn and do! You can also buy tickets online before you arrive to save time.

I’m Hungry!

Don't fancy eating what the otters would eat? (Neither would we!) Within the Aquarium you are spoilt for choice, with a casual cafe, full service bar or table service restaurant. You can eat whilst enjoying spectacular views of the bay so don't let your food go cold while you're trying to spot seals and whales!

Healthy Eating

All menu options at Cindys Waterfront use sustainable seafood and organic produce providers. There are also great healthy options at Portola Cafe and Restaurant - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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