The Monterey Bay Aquarium opened its doors to the public on October 20, 1984. Each and everyday, the aquarium strives to inspire people to conserve the beauty and health of the ocean through education, research, exhibits, conservation programs, and more. After more than 30 years of existence, there are over 350,000 creatures that represent more than 550 different species. Take a look through the glass to witness the wonders of the ocean.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is the perfect way to see what the Monterey Bay truly has to offer. Experience the beauty that lies within the Pacific Ocean. Sea turtles, sharks, jellyfish, octopus, otters, penguins, clown fish (Find Nemo), and much more! Take the family, a friend, a spouse, or even just yourself and marvel at the incredible sea life. There are massive tanks that cause your eyes to almost leave your face, while other tanks cause you to look closely and examine to find the amazing creatures within. Get a feel of the ocean by taking advantage of the opportunity to touch the various seaweeds, barnacles, sea anemones, and even stingrays with your own bare hands!
It takes about 3 hours and 30 minutes to witness everything that the aquarium has to offer. That duration can increase to 4-5 hours if you are thoroughly enjoying the sea life and the interactive displays. There is even a food court, so grabbing a bite to eat and going through the aquarium for round two is not frowned upon. You will stumble upon a multitude of exhibits, including the Open Sea, Splash Zone, Sea Otter, Kelp Forest, and more. An auditorium features short films to further educate you on what the ocean has to offer.
Additionally, the aquarium offers seven different tours for an additional $15 per person. One such tour is the Sea Otter Conservation Tour. It is offered every day for ages 6 to adult for a duration of 1 hour. The tour is meant to give visitors a close-up look at the Sea Otter Program. Learn how the staff members and volunteers care for stranded otter pups and other injured wild otters. With six other tours to choose from, one is bound to strike your interest.
Hours vary day-by-day for members and general admission, so make sure you check out the daily schedule.
Ticket prices include:
Child (Ages 3-12, under 3 free) $24.95
Student (Ages 13-17 or college ID) $34.95
Senior (Ages 65+) $34.95
You can even save money in the long-run by purchasing a membership. Reap the many benefits for becoming a member, such as unlimited free admission for one year, special hours, previews of special exhibitions, and a 10 percent discount on the Gift & Bookstore.
Grab your bags because it is time to head over to the Monterey Bay Aquarium down by the bay.