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Visitor's Guide to Monterey Bay Aquarium
886 CANNERY ROW, MONTEREY, CA 93940 · (831) 648-4800

The exciting and educational Monterey Bay Aquarium is a wondrously enchanting place for a family vacation. Located on the north end of Cannery Row in Monterey, California, the aquarium is one of the largest and most respected in the world. Lauded with glowingly positive reviews by LA Times/Travel, and, the aquarium is considered one of the most unique and enriching experiences the whole family can enjoy together. Those planning a trip to the aquarium will find themselves with virtually limitless possibilities.

Don't Miss These Exhibits

Giant Octopus
Watch as these miraculous creatures change skin texture and color while utilizing the thousands of suckers on their legs to grip virtually anything.
Wild About Otters
Explore the world of wild freshwater otters from around the world.
Celebrate the aesthetic delights of living jellyfish
Outer Bay
The one-million-gallon exhibit houses sharks, giant bluefin tuna, sea turtles and wild comb jellyfish.

Kids Activities

The aquarium is a fantastic place for kids to learn while exploring the Pacific Ocean's marine wildlife. With its breathtaking scenery, interactive touch pools and educational exhibits, Monterey Bay Aquarium is a wondrously exciting site you just might find your children never wanting to leave. highlights some of the more interesting activities your kids may want to take part in.

Student Field Trips

With it being as intellectually as it is visually stimulating, Monterey Bay Aquarium is a perfect location for a student field trip. Offering orientation videos, planning guides, chaperones and school group lunch packages, the aquarium provides for an unforgettable learning experience. Rita Bell, the aquarium's education program manager, offers a thorough explanation as to what students and teachers can expect when visiting in her Conversation with the Futures

Youth Group Seashore Sleepover

Explore the aquarium after hours and sleep beside the world-class exhibits with a youth group sleepover. Offering a variety of staff-led activities throughout the evening, ending with a bedtime snack and optional bedtime stories, the sleepover provides for a wonderfully memorable experience your children will be able to draw from for the rest of their lives.

In a Hurry

If you're visiting the aquarium but don't have enough time to see all of its wondrous exhibits, you can tour the aquarium in an hour or less. From ordering tickets online to avoiding exhibits during feeding time, there are many quick and easy ways to shave time off of your visit which will still allow you to fully enjoy what the aquarium has to offer.

Wheelchair Assistance

If you and your party are in need of wheelchair assistance, the layout and design of the aquarium is remarkably accommodating. Before visiting the aquarium take a look at this detailed guide and personal account, which will provide you with all the relevant information you'll need to have an enjoyable yet safe experience.


There are over 50 podcasts available on the Monterey Bay Aquarium's website. Hear all about the latest developments at the aquarium along with updates to various exhibits. New entries are added twice a month, keeping you up-to-date by allowing you to listen online, download or even subscribe to the podcasts, which will automatically download to your computer as they become available. Past podcasts are also available for those looking to learn more about the aquarium's history.


Monterey Bay Aquarium is as intellectually as it is visually stimulating. Those visiting the aquarium come away with a new and fascinatingly fresh perspective of marine life. For firsthand accounts of what to expect take a look at various reviews and blog posts from previous attendees.

Aquarium Tickets Rate
Adult (18-64 years) $32.95
Senior(65+ years) $29.95
Students (13-17 years, w/ID) $27.95
Disabled $19.95
Child (Under 3 years ) Free
Child (3-12 years) $19.95
Visually Impaired - Free