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Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium
886 Cannery Row, Monterey, California, 93940
Category: Activities
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Monterey Bay Aquarium

Discover the wonders of the Pacific Ocean at this world-class attraction that offers an incredible array of well-designed animal exhibits in a stunning location overlooking the scenic Monterey Bay. Celebrated for its diverse collection of sea animals, kid friendly exhibits and a keen focus on conservation and environmental awareness, the aquarium invites visitors to learn about and explore the deep ocean while encountering everything from sharks, bat rays and sea turtles to penguins, octopus and sea otters.

Summer break inspires happy images of sun, fun and relaxation with friends and family.  What better place to make memories and enjoy time together than Monterey? InterContinental The Clement Monterey combines a distinctive sense of place with proximity to the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Monterey Bay Recreation Trail. The exciting new Aquarium exhibit ¡Viva Baja! opened March 19th to rave reviews, inspiring young minds to explore more about our neighboring region to the south. 


Current Hours -

Open daily, 9:30am - 6pm.
Tickets - Get your aquarium tickets from us, two days for the price of one! Ask our Concierge or Front Desk team for more information. 



  • Guided Tours
  • Animal feedings
  • Underwater explorers
  • Gift shops & bookstore
  • Restaurant & Ccafé

Exhibits & Sea Life

From cuddly sea otters and amusing penguins to a remarkable kelp forest and an impressive Outer Bay tank, the Monterey Bay Aquarium offers exhibits to fascinate and inspire visitors of all ages. The aquarium features an array of live ocean animals, birds and fish, including sharks, rays, sea turtles, sunfish, sea stars, jellyfish, tuna, and more.


The Monterey Aquarium’s newest exhibit opens on April 12, 2014 with an exciting array of intriguing cephalopods on display. See a dozen exhibits featuring live octopuses, squid and cuttlefish large and small, while you discover more about their life cycles, habitats and unique talents.


  • What are the best times to come?

    The fall and winter months are the least crowded. If you do visit on holidays or in the summer, plan to come between 2pm-6pm or on less busy days like Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
  • Are there any insider tips for visiting the aquarium?

    Avoid long lines at the ticket window by ordering your tickets online. Once inside, plan to check the feeding and film times so you can plan your visit accordingly. Take the little ones to the touch pools and Splash Zone early to avoid the crowds. Pack your lunch to save cash and enjoy a meal on the outdoor patio overlooking the Bay.

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‘¡Viva Baja! Life on the Edge' Special Exhibition Explores Colorful Life Along Gulf of California

New special exhibition at Monterey Bay Aquarium opens March 19, 2016, features unusual animals from land and sea, compelling conservation stories

From sun-soaked deserts to vibrant tropical reefs, Baja California is a unique and fragile place whose future hangs in a delicate balance. The Monterey Bay Aquarium's next special exhibition, ¡Viva Baja! Life on the Edge, explores this beautiful and rugged region, its diverse habitats and amazing animals. Five galleries explore Baja's arid deserts, lush coastal mangrove forests and colorful coral reefs. Visitors will meet fascinating marine creatures: stingrays and eels, seahorses and crabs, a rainbow of tropical fishes, including the sunset wrasse, Mexican lookdown, bluespottedjawfish and balloonfish, plus several iconic desert animals-a first for the Aquarium. Along the way, visitors will discover how much we all are connected to Baja California, and why it's vital to preserve this special place.
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