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Monterey Bay Aquarium

Plunge into the ocean's depths at the monterey bay aquarium

Dive into a world of underwater wonders when you visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Perched on the edge of the majestic Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, this fantastic attraction showcases more than 35,000 different creatures in over 200 awe-inspiring exhibits. Explore hands-on activities, interesting programs, and unique animal exhibits that serve as a window to the wonders of the world's oceans and other underwater habitats.

Learn about exotic fish and bizarre sea creatures. Watch aquarium divers feed fish and sharks in the giant kelp forest. Meet up with penguins and sea turtles, watch the sea otters dive and play, and touch marine animals, like bat rays and sea cucumbers. Focused on marine conservation and education, the Monterey Bay Aquarium invites visitors of all ages to come and discover one of the richest marine regions in the world.

Monterey Bay Aquarium from Light House Lodge Cottages, California

Monterey Bay Aquarium

886 Cannery Row, Monterey, California, 93940
Distance from Hotel: 2.1 miles

Hours & Price


Adult Admission: $59.95
Child (5-12) Admission: $44.95
Senior 65+: $49.95
Behind-The-Scenes Tour - $29 per person plus admission, general public. $24 per person, aquarium members

For the most up to date pricing, visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium website. 


General Hours: 10 am - 5 pm
Cafe: 10 am - 30 minutes before close

For the most up to date hours, visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium website


  • Fiesta Del Mar
  • Evenings By The Bay
  • Sleepovers


  • Underwater Explorers
  • Guided Tours
  • Hands-On Exhibits
  • Animal Feedings
  • Restaurants
  • Gift Shops

What type of exhibits does the Monterey Bay Aquarium have?

Among the aquarium's numerous exhibits, two must-see favorites include The Open Sea Exhibit showcasing life in the open ocean from sharks to turtles swimming around, and the Giant Kelp Forest, an underwater forest, which is the tallest aquarium exhibit in the world. Special exhibits include Viva Baja - Life on the Edge, showcasing animals along the coast of Baja, California.

Are cameras allowed inside the Monterey Bay Aquarium?

Yes, cameras are allowed inside the aquarium, and you’re welcome to take photos and videos for your personal use. For commercial photography, you will need prior written permission from the Public Relations Department. Keeping the safety of visitors as its highest priority, the Monterey Bay Aquarium prohibits the use of tripods and monopods.