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Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium

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886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA, 93940

The Basics

Monterey Bay Aquarium is a must-visit for families with kids and wildlife lovers on any trip to Monterey. Book tickets in advance to save time when you arrive, or book a guided day trip from San Francisco for round-trip transportation from the city. Tours in the area typically also visit Pebble Beach and Carmel-by-the-Sea or make the 17-Mile Drive. Admission tickets provide access to shows and exhibit areas such as the Kelp Forest, Life on the Bay, and the Open Sea, while allowing visitors to see sea otters and giant Pacific octopuses.

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Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
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$85.00 per adult
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Tour guide is very informative good driver,did the little things that count, bought us fresh strawberries to share on bus, knew best shops restaurants
patrick_g, Sep 2021

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Most travelers spend between two and three hours here.

  • The on-site café, restaurant, and coffee bar offer food and drinks. There is also free on-site WiFi.

  • Lockers are available for your belongings. There's a small rental fee.

  • The aquarium is accessible, with complimentary wheelchairs available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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How to Get There

The aquarium is located about 115 miles (185 kilometers) south of San Francisco and 43 miles (69 kilometers) from Santa Cruz, with parking available at the Cannery Row Parking Garage. If you’re already in Monterey, biking to the aquarium along the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail is a great way to arrive, as is the free MST Trolley. The museum sits along Cannery Row, Monterey’s historic waterfront street made famous by author John Steinbeck’s novel of the same name.

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When to Get There

The aquarium is open daily from the morning until the late afternoon. Summer and the winter holidays are the most popular times of year to go to the aquarium—try visiting on weekdays to avoid the crowds. Fall and winter generally see fewer visitors.

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Aquarium Experiences

To dive deeper into the underwater world of the aquarium, tours and activities are available, most for an additional fee. These include kids’ scuba diving experiences and sleepovers, guided behind-the-scenes tours, and sea otter conservation tours.

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Monterey Bay Aquarium