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    THE best aquarium I’ve ever been to. World class! Must-see attraction in California. It was very crowded on my visit but I still learned a lot and the animals looked to be tranquil and in good health with plenty of room to roam/swim. The exhibits are some of the most elaborate and educational I’ve ever seen. They took tremendous steps to display the interesting history of the aquarium and I appreciated that a lot. Get there early to find parking somewhere and expect to pay a lot to park, especially of you use their garage. I will recommend a visit here to anyone that visits the area!

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    I initially found the admission price a bit steep but after the visit I must say I felt it was thoroughly worth it. This was by far the best aquarium I’ve ever visited and overall one of the best museums/exhibits I’ve ever taken my kids to (8 and 4 years). They both loved it!! In addition to the various sea creatures on display it is full of hands-on, imaginative things for the kids to do and some of the best multi-media displays I have ever seen. So varied and interesting and fun. The jelly-fish tanks were a-m-a-z-i-n-g. The only negative point was that we should have arrived earlier as the 4 hours we spent there were just not enough. We will have to come back…

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    The ONLY reason I gave a 2 Star rating… is because of the $40 Price for Adults. Highway robbery isn’t really prevalent in downtown Monterey, until you pay the admission fee of the Aquarium. It’s not like you get a Free Gold Fish or get to see the Giant Squid or the Coelacanth. Sure, it’s a very nice aquarium. But, the price is ridiculous.

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    Great visit, located at the end of Cannery Row it has the perfect sized to visit everything in one day. There were lots of different animals and plants in their habitats, I particularly loved the jellyfish exhibit as well as the seahorses, who knew there were so many different kinds!. And what to say about the otters? I had a great time watching them play in the pool and then late enjoyed their film about the rescue of a baby otter. The gift shop was also worth a vist. Would love to visit the aquarium again.

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    Years ago we went to the Aquarium with our sons and enjoyed all the exhibits – the jellies, the otters, the kelp forest, etc. All of that is still wonderful, but now seems to be overshadowed by animation, music, food, and shopping. As a result, navigating through the exhibits and enjoying them is far more difficult and results in people more interested in playing, taking selfies, and watching the animation than the live exhibits. Children and adults pound on the exhibits, take flash photos, and spend more time standing in front of an exhibit to take their own selfie or just take a picture than viewing the creatures. It seems that the Aquarium by allowing this has lost sight of its mission. Why is it necessary to have all of this junk? It seems that the aquarium is so now caught up in entertaining at the expense of letting visitors appreciate nature. What an incredible disappointment.