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Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey Bay Aquarium is located on Monterey's historic Cannery Row, just a short drive from Carmel and Pebble Beach — and within easy walking distance from downtown Monterey shops, restaurants and waterfront hotels.

The aquarium doesn't look all that impressive from the outside, but wait until you see what's inside! The Monterey Bay Aqaurium is considered to be one of the best and largest aquarium's in the world. Plan to spend plenty of time here, especially if it's your first visit — there's a lot to see!

Monterey Bay Aquarium 2 Story High Fish Tanks

The Monterey Bay Aquarium was listed as one of the top U.S. destinations for young travelers in Travel & Leisure Magazine — as one of the "10 Places to See Before You're 10." Whatever your age, you're gonna love this aquarium!

Award-Winning Exhibits
One of our all-time favorite exhibits at the Monterey Bay Aquarium was
"Jellies: Living Art." The award-winning exhibit included jellyfish never exhibited in North America before, such as the graceful Flower Hat and Blue Jellies.

Jellyfish at Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California

Monterey Bay Aquarium Education - Great for Kids


White Shark
Sharks are always a popular attraction at any aquarium — and the "White Shark" at the Monterey Bay Aquarium was no exception. The white shark was brought to the aquarium on August 27, 2007 — before being tagged and released into the wild on September 7, 2007. Monterey Bay Aquarium remains the only aquarium in the world ever to exhibit a white shark for more than 16 days.
More Info on the White Shark

Monterey Bay Aquarium sharks

Aquarium Gift Shop & Book Stores
Be sure to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Gift Shop and Book Stores. Shop for a variety of FUN Aquarium-related gifts — including cute stuffed animals (otters, penguins, crab, sharks... and more!

Open daily 10am-6pm
Closed Christmas Day.

Shopping at the Monterey Aquarium for Gifts

Monterey Bay Aquarium Tanks

Sunset on the Monterey Bay Aquarium


Monterey Jelly Fish Display in the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Anchovy Tank at Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California

Fun Event Location
The Monterey Bay Aquarium
offers a breathtaking and fun backdrop for a Corporate Event or VIP Reception. Reserve all the space, or a part of the aquarium for your next event and make it a memorable one.

Blackfooted Penguins

Blackfooted Penguins in the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Penquins at Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California

Blackfooted Penguins in the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Outer Bay "Open-Ocean Animals" Exhibit
Did you know that the Monterey Bay Aquarium's one-million-gallon Outer Bay Exhibit is home to the largest community of open-ocean animals to be found in any aquarium?

Giant Salt Water Tanks in the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, CA

The popular exhibit houses Giant Bluefin Tuna, Hammerhead Sharks, Sea Turtles and more — it also features the largest permanent collection of jellyfish species in the nation.

Jellyfish at Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California

Get up close to the Giant Octopus at Ocean's Edge Exhibit
Ocean's Edge: Coastal Habitats of Monterey Bay galleries include a gallery devoted to the Giant Octopus; a walk thru' /see-thru' Wave Crash tunnel; an expanded Aviary; larger Touch Pools; new hands-on activities; and New Sea-Shore Creatures — sheep crabs, sand crabs, ruddy ducks, and skeleton shrimp. Fun for the whole family!

Portola Cafe at Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California

Portola Cafe
Enjoy stunning views of Monterey Bay over lunch or dinner at the aquarium's Portola Cafe.

Aquarium Hours
Open daily 10am-6pm
Summer & Holidays
Closed on Christmas Day

Directions & Parking
Directions & Parking

More Info
Monterey Bay Aquarium
831-648-4888 (24-hr. info)

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