Located on famous Cannery Row, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has been wowing visitors for thirty years with specialized exhibits that showcase the beauty and fragility of oceanic wildlife. Great white sharks have been kept on-site temporarily for research and public education purposes, and a revolving "cast" of penguins has moved through the aquarium over the years. More than 600 species of flora and fauna are featured in enclosures kept vibrant with fresh seawater pumped in from the facility’s namesake.
In the spring of 2012, the Aquarium opened "The Jellies Experience", a cutting-edge attraction that allows visitors to witness live jellyfish in various habitats, along with a special effect-laden exhibit where guests can create virtual jellyfish that mingle with those made by other visitors. The Black-Footed Penguin exhibit allows visitors to see the remarkable, flightless birds in a recreation of their Antarctic home.
Admission for Children (3 and under) is Free; Admission for Children (3-12) is $24.95; Admission for Students (13-17 or with College ID) is $34.95; Admission for Adults is $39.95; Admission for Seniors (65+) is $34.95.
Best time to visit
Summer operating hours (9:30am-6:00pm) are 90 minutes longer than winter hours (10:00am-5:00pm), and summer weekend hours add two additional hours to each day (9:30am-8:00pm).
Near by POI
The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary stretches 276 miles along the California coastline, making it the largest US national marine sanctuary.