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Fantastic views, especially the jelly fish. Be sure to walk along the seashore to see the baby seals.

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Fantastic views, especially the jelly fish. Be sure to walk along the seashore to see the baby seals.

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See the jelly fish, Beautiful!! My kids love it!

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See the jelly fish, Beautiful!! My kids love it!

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Be sure to see the jelly fish, they are Beautiful!!

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Be sure to see the jelly fish, they are Beautiful!!

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If you are going with a family it can get pretty pricey but is a such a beautiful place. They make it easy to see everything but it will take you the whole day to go through the entire thing. They Jelly fish and outer limits exhibits were amazing.

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If you are going with a family it can get pretty pricey but is a such a beautiful place. They make it easy to see everything but it will take you the whole day to go through the entire thing. They Jelly fish and outer limits exhibits were amazing.

Pros: Beautiful

Cons: price

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I was very impressed with the aquarium! It was not too crowded and my whole family really enjoyed looking at all of ythe spectacular fish and other sea creatures. Will definitely go back!

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I was very impressed with the aquarium! It was not too crowded and my whole family really enjoyed looking at all of ythe spectacular fish and other sea creatures. Will definitely go back!

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I brought the children to the Aquarium over the summer and we had a wonderful experience. I love all the exibites and the atmosphere is beautiful.Bring the kids all ages.....

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I brought the children to the Aquarium over the summer and we had a wonderful experience. I love all the exibites and the atmosphere is beautiful.Bring the kids all ages.....

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Gosh this aquarium is simply amazing. We took our two babies and even they had a good time. Make sure you stand in the little cove where the water washes over you. It is SO neat!

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Gosh this aquarium is simply amazing. We took our two babies and even they had a good time. Make sure you stand in the little cove where the water washes over you. It is SO neat!

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This was a trip the wife and I made, and it was well worth it. The food court is over priced and over crowded, so eat before or after you get there. The display of fish and sea life was incredible. For the amount of people that go through there, it was very clean.

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This was a trip the wife and I made, and it was well worth it. The food court is over priced and over crowded, so eat before or after you get there. The display of fish and sea life was incredible. For the amount of people that go through there, it was very clean.

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a must see if you are ever in Monterey, Ca. When we took our kids they just loved it! There is lots to see in the aquarium itself, and lots of good shops nearby too.
It makes for a great day!

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a must see if you are ever in Monterey, Ca. When we took our kids they just loved it! There is lots to see in the aquarium itself, and lots of good shops nearby too.
It makes for a great day!

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My husband and I love to visit the Aquarium. They always have wonderful exhibits to enhance learning experiences for all ages. They had a special shark exhibit the last time we went, complete with a 3-D underwater/shark movie.

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My husband and I love to visit the Aquarium. They always have wonderful exhibits to enhance learning experiences for all ages. They had a special shark exhibit the last time we went, complete with a 3-D underwater/shark movie.

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The Monterey Bay Aqarium is a great experience for the family and friends. Myself personaly enjoyed it tremendously! I love the water and with the visual and touch they provide it an adventure. Its a great place to take time and look at, to understand what is in our oceans or even just to go.

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The Monterey Bay Aqarium is a great experience for the family and friends. Myself personaly enjoyed it tremendously! I love the water and with the visual and touch they provide it an adventure. Its a great place to take time and look at, to understand what is in our oceans or even just to go.

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What can I say about the Monterey Bay Aquarium that hasn't already been said in the other reviews.... I will just add that it is worth every cent you pay to get in! I have had a mambership for over five years and I never tire of visiting there. I go for the day with my family, I sit and watch deep sea creatchures that I would not be able to see on my own.

I love to take my digital camera and snap photos of the Jellies, and of the birds in the sanctuary. Very educational for my children. I usually give gifts of membership to my family and friends for Birthdays and Christmas or other special occasions.

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What can I say about the Monterey Bay Aquarium that hasn't already been said in the other reviews.... I will just add that it is worth every cent you pay to get in! I have had a mambership for over five years and I never tire of visiting there. I go for the day with my family, I sit and watch deep sea creatchures that I would not be able to see on my own.

I love to take my digital camera and snap photos of the Jellies, and of the birds in the sanctuary. Very educational for my children. I usually give gifts of membership to my family and friends for Birthdays and Christmas or other special occasions.

Pros: EVERYTHING

Cons: Summer months it gets pretty busy and looong lines for non menbers

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Absolutely beautiful very informative and entertaining for the old and the young. Great for family gatherings and school field trips

The mission of the non-profit Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation if the oceans. We fulfill our mission through marine life exhibits, conservation research and educational programs, including free visits and programs for nearly 90,000 school children each year. Underwater exhibits of life in Monterey Bay; touch pools, educational programs.

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Absolutely beautiful very informative and entertaining for the old and the young. Great for family gatherings and school field trips

The mission of the non-profit Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation if the oceans. We fulfill our mission through marine life exhibits, conservation research and educational programs, including free visits and programs for nearly 90,000 school children each year. Underwater exhibits of life in Monterey Bay; touch pools, educational programs.

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I have a membership so there isn't a line for me. But..... the aquarium was great. The otters, great white, penguins, jellyfish...... etc. I love this place and wished I lived closer so I could come down more. There are restuarants close by and the staff at the aquarium is great. I don't think that it is a tourist trap. It's a beautiful place for kids and adults. Looking through the telescope outside and seeing the seals is great. You will never want to leave this place!!!!

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I have a membership so there isn't a line for me. But..... the aquarium was great. The otters, great white, penguins, jellyfish...... etc. I love this place and wished I lived closer so I could come down more. There are restuarants close by and the staff at the aquarium is great. I don't think that it is a tourist trap. It's a beautiful place for kids and adults. Looking through the telescope outside and seeing the seals is great. You will never want to leave this place!!!!

Pros: everything

Cons: maybe just that it could get crowded

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Ummm, $26 entry fee? $20 for a parking spot? You'd expect big things yeah? I guess this place would be well-wicked if you were a kid but as an adult it wasn't exactly life-changing. The Wing Chong building and the doc's old house up the street (from Steinbecks Cannery Row book) made the trip worthwhile..

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Ummm, $26 entry fee? $20 for a parking spot? You'd expect big things yeah? I guess this place would be well-wicked if you were a kid but as an adult it wasn't exactly life-changing. The Wing Chong building and the doc's old house up the street (from Steinbecks Cannery Row book) made the trip worthwhile..

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Great family destination...or, for us educators, an awesome field trip!!!!!!!!
Many different activities are offered. Lto sto see! Play areas for the little ones and interesting exhibts for the mom and dad! Go there soon!

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Great family destination...or, for us educators, an awesome field trip!!!!!!!!
Many different activities are offered. Lto sto see! Play areas for the little ones and interesting exhibts for the mom and dad! Go there soon!

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We love the aquarium, and our kids love it too! They especially have fun in the splash zone where they get to hold the crabs and pet the starfish. There are so many cool exhibits, and some beautiful views of the ocean.

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We love the aquarium, and our kids love it too! They especially have fun in the splash zone where they get to hold the crabs and pet the starfish. There are so many cool exhibits, and some beautiful views of the ocean.

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My entire family had an absolute blast at this aquarium. Although it was VERY crowded on the weekend that we visited, we were still able to view most of the exhibits. My children especially enjoyed the shark and sting ray exhibit. The view from the upper deck is breathtaking! An added plus is that it is only about an hour from the San Jose area.

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My entire family had an absolute blast at this aquarium. Although it was VERY crowded on the weekend that we visited, we were still able to view most of the exhibits. My children especially enjoyed the shark and sting ray exhibit. The view from the upper deck is breathtaking! An added plus is that it is only about an hour from the San Jose area.

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Probably one of the best aquarium's in the world! Very clean and new and open. Amazing jellyfish exhibit. The otters are of course adorable - and the staff who feeds them and the other animals really seem to love what they're doing. My husband and I are in our twenties and had a great time, but part of the fun was watching all the kids who just love the place. It'll really inspire you to do what you can to take care of our oceans.

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Probably one of the best aquarium's in the world! Very clean and new and open. Amazing jellyfish exhibit. The otters are of course adorable - and the staff who feeds them and the other animals really seem to love what they're doing. My husband and I are in our twenties and had a great time, but part of the fun was watching all the kids who just love the place. It'll really inspire you to do what you can to take care of our oceans.

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I absolutely loved this Aquarium! At first I thought the tickets were a bit steep at $22/person, we quickly realized how special this place was. We went straight to the sea otter exhibit--they were sooo cute!! The jellyfish exhibit was amazing; very dark and moody but absolutely beautiful. We went during the summer so it was warm outside and we were able to enjoy the outside walkway. The wave machine display was neat and it was bizarre getting to touch the different fish in the exploration tanks. I'd love to take my camera and come back and take some professional pictures of the exhibits.

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I absolutely loved this Aquarium! At first I thought the tickets were a bit steep at $22/person, we quickly realized how special this place was. We went straight to the sea otter exhibit--they were sooo cute!! The jellyfish exhibit was amazing; very dark and moody but absolutely beautiful. We went during the summer so it was warm outside and we were able to enjoy the outside walkway. The wave machine display was neat and it was bizarre getting to touch the different fish in the exploration tanks. I'd love to take my camera and come back and take some professional pictures of the exhibits.

Pros: sea otters, jellyfish exhibits

Cons: bit pricey

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This is an awesome aquarium for your family to come visit. The kids learn so much from all the different animals here. Some are hands on too. They have so many exibits to see and the zoo is amazing. Very busy because of its tourist location. Very expensive to visit here too.

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This is an awesome aquarium for your family to come visit. The kids learn so much from all the different animals here. Some are hands on too. They have so many exibits to see and the zoo is amazing. Very busy because of its tourist location. Very expensive to visit here too.

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I love visiting here, we can spend hours just roaming around enjoying all there is to see. It's always a joy to watch the otters swim and play. I really like the fact that you can get so close to nature here.

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I love visiting here, we can spend hours just roaming around enjoying all there is to see. It's always a joy to watch the otters swim and play. I really like the fact that you can get so close to nature here.

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This aquariumn has so much to see. I love watching the otters swim around. You have to give this place hours to see all that there is. The white shark is pretty cool to see up close.

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This aquariumn has so much to see. I love watching the otters swim around. You have to give this place hours to see all that there is. The white shark is pretty cool to see up close.

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Been to a few Aquariums and this is one of the best I have seen. Nice well organized and fun people.

Local divers clean the tanks and feed the fish - it's fun to watch.

Kids love the otters and they actually learn a few things.

The deep blue tank is awesome, dark so keep your little ones close.

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Been to a few Aquariums and this is one of the best I have seen. Nice well organized and fun people.

Local divers clean the tanks and feed the fish - it's fun to watch.

Kids love the otters and they actually learn a few things.

The deep blue tank is awesome, dark so keep your little ones close.

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We love the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The exhibits are beautifully designed and the large tanks are impressive! Personally, I love the jelly fish exhibit and was fortunate enough to be there when the great white shark was in captivity. The best part is that they continually add to and evolve the exhibits, keeping it interesting!

PROS: beautifully designed
CONS: a bit pricey

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We love the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The exhibits are beautifully designed and the large tanks are impressive! Personally, I love the jelly fish exhibit and was fortunate enough to be there when the great white shark was in captivity. The best part is that they continually add to and evolve the exhibits, keeping it interesting!

PROS: beautifully designed
CONS: a bit pricey

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Monterrey Bay Aquarium is one of the best aquariums in the world. This is a first rate facility. The displays are really fascinating for everyone. My two year old and my six year old especially like the touch pools. Every time I go, I find something new to see. They are constantly updating their displays. In fact, they are closing their very popular sharks display (Sept. 2006)to give us something new to see.

I love the new giant octopus display. You can see the giant red octopus all the time now (instead of trying to find it hidden in the rocks).

The aquarium is also a leader in the conservation of our oceans. I especially like their "Seafood Watch" program. Their pocket guides "can show you how to make smart seafood choices that make a difference for the future of ocean wildlife."

My favorite thing at the aquarium are the "pigs". See if you can find them.

One last thing - the gift shop is actually affordable

PROS: Fantastic Displays
CONS: None

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Monterrey Bay Aquarium is one of the best aquariums in the world. This is a first rate facility. The displays are really fascinating for everyone. My two year old and my six year old especially like the touch pools. Every time I go, I find something new to see. They are constantly updating their displays. In fact, they are closing their very popular sharks display (Sept. 2006)to give us something new to see.

I love the new giant octopus display. You can see the giant red octopus all the time now (instead of trying to find it hidden in the rocks).

The aquarium is also a leader in the conservation of our oceans. I especially like their "Seafood Watch" program. Their pocket guides "can show you how to make smart seafood choices that make a difference for the future of ocean wildlife."

My favorite thing at the aquarium are the "pigs". See if you can find them.

One last thing - the gift shop is actually affordable

PROS: Fantastic Displays
CONS: None

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It never fails, the kids always love the aquarium and with new things being added each year it's worth being a member. We only go a few times a year, but it's worth having the membership so we can go whenever you want.

It's always fun to take out of town friends and family there as well.

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It never fails, the kids always love the aquarium and with new things being added each year it's worth being a member. We only go a few times a year, but it's worth having the membership so we can go whenever you want.

It's always fun to take out of town friends and family there as well.

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a fun place to visit. It is a little over an hour drive from San Jose. The jellyfish exhibit is captivating. I recommend that your bring your own lunch and go eat it outside and while gazing at a beautiful view of the Monterey Bay.

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a fun place to visit. It is a little over an hour drive from San Jose. The jellyfish exhibit is captivating. I recommend that your bring your own lunch and go eat it outside and while gazing at a beautiful view of the Monterey Bay.

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We love the aquarium so much that I've bought a 4 year family pass. The aquarium is really top notch. I bring all of our out-of-town guests here, and my kids always enjoy spending a morning here.

PROS: great educational opportunity
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We love the aquarium so much that I've bought a 4 year family pass. The aquarium is really top notch. I bring all of our out-of-town guests here, and my kids always enjoy spending a morning here.

PROS: great educational opportunity
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Monterey bay Aquarium is a wonderful place to take the entire family. Everyone loves to watch the sea otters frolicking in teh huge two story tank. The kelp tank is an amazing tank to see the sea life of the Monterey Bay. An added benefit..schools are able to take field trips. The High School field trip was a behind the scenes interactive tour where they actually learned about the sea life.

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Monterey bay Aquarium is a wonderful place to take the entire family. Everyone loves to watch the sea otters frolicking in teh huge two story tank. The kelp tank is an amazing tank to see the sea life of the Monterey Bay. An added benefit..schools are able to take field trips. The High School field trip was a behind the scenes interactive tour where they actually learned about the sea life.

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Monterey Bay Aquarium has some of the best educational opportunities in the world for both students and teachers. Their kelp forest exhibit is truly amazing. The MBA also hosts special events, including an elegant New Year's celebration.

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Monterey Bay Aquarium has some of the best educational opportunities in the world for both students and teachers. Their kelp forest exhibit is truly amazing. The MBA also hosts special events, including an elegant New Year's celebration.

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They have just renovated the aquarium and it is even better than before. The jellyfish exhibit is amazing! And the Octopus!

A story about the trout stream--Dave Packard built this for his daughter and he was an avid river fisherman. Originally the aquarium was to be only pacific ocean envionments but he wanted a trout stream. So they put one in depicting the freshwater streams that feed into the Monterey Bay and made the aquarium a living ecosystem of the local Bay habitat.

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They have just renovated the aquarium and it is even better than before. The jellyfish exhibit is amazing! And the Octopus!

A story about the trout stream--Dave Packard built this for his daughter and he was an avid river fisherman. Originally the aquarium was to be only pacific ocean envionments but he wanted a trout stream. So they put one in depicting the freshwater streams that feed into the Monterey Bay and made the aquarium a living ecosystem of the local Bay habitat.

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium is an incredible place for both children and adults. The displays they have are breathtaking - awesome has the kids say and the special activities they have for kids are wonderful. Although you get a great education when there, you think you are just having a great time.

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium is an incredible place for both children and adults. The displays they have are breathtaking - awesome has the kids say and the special activities they have for kids are wonderful. Although you get a great education when there, you think you are just having a great time.

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This is a fantastic place to visit. There is never enough time to see everything completely. My highlights are the otter exhibit, the kelp forest exhibit, and the touching pools. I love looking at the jellyfish and the sand dollars. The gift shop has clothing, books, puppets and othe stuffed animals and a great selection of other gifts.

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This is a fantastic place to visit. There is never enough time to see everything completely. My highlights are the otter exhibit, the kelp forest exhibit, and the touching pools. I love looking at the jellyfish and the sand dollars. The gift shop has clothing, books, puppets and othe stuffed animals and a great selection of other gifts.

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One of the few working research centers that doubles as a world-class tourist attraction. It's like walking into a 3-D version of your favorite nature show. Walk among ocean birds, find treasures in an indoor tide pool, stroll under a crashing wave or through a kelp forest. See life through a sea otter's eyes. A magical place to spend a day. Great even for toddlers.

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One of the few working research centers that doubles as a world-class tourist attraction. It's like walking into a 3-D version of your favorite nature show. Walk among ocean birds, find treasures in an indoor tide pool, stroll under a crashing wave or through a kelp forest. See life through a sea otter's eyes. A magical place to spend a day. Great even for toddlers.

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The gift store has so many unique gift items that will bring back memories of the beautiful Monterey Bay. Blown glass, fired ceramics and carved wood items are showcased here

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The gift store has so many unique gift items that will bring back memories of the beautiful Monterey Bay. Blown glass, fired ceramics and carved wood items are showcased here

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This is the best aquarium I have ever been too. The exibits are very well labelled and the staff is always friedly and ready to asnwer questions from both kids and adults.
The gift shop has something in each price range.
The food is not bad either.
We love to go here. Most big companies in the valley offer discount tickets thru out the year to the Aquarium.

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This is the best aquarium I have ever been too. The exibits are very well labelled and the staff is always friedly and ready to asnwer questions from both kids and adults.
The gift shop has something in each price range.
The food is not bad either.
We love to go here. Most big companies in the valley offer discount tickets thru out the year to the Aquarium.

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This aquarium was a great early date for my husband and me and now it's a great place to take our kids. We love the jelly fish room, the outer bay exhibit, and the 2 storey tank where the diver feeds the fish and talks to the crowd. The kids play areas are very well designed and keep the kids entertained for hours (too bad they don't offer babysitting...just kidding). Anyways, they also have information on which fish are okay to buy/eat and which species are being overfished. It's not a bad day trip to get there from the south bay.

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This aquarium was a great early date for my husband and me and now it's a great place to take our kids. We love the jelly fish room, the outer bay exhibit, and the 2 storey tank where the diver feeds the fish and talks to the crowd. The kids play areas are very well designed and keep the kids entertained for hours (too bad they don't offer babysitting...just kidding). Anyways, they also have information on which fish are okay to buy/eat and which species are being overfished. It's not a bad day trip to get there from the south bay.

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located in historic Cannery Row down in Monterey. This huge and modern zoo is amazing. Im not a huge aquarium fan, but this had a nice mixture of plants, fish and education. Parking is a hassel, have to park a ways away and walk. Its in a tourist area, so have to pay. Not that cheap to get in either. The kelp forest and jellyfish exhibits are amazing. Its all well done. Most of the exhibits are geared towards local life, which may disappoint some who are looking for tropical things and such. Big enough to make it worth while for the drive down here.

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located in historic Cannery Row down in Monterey. This huge and modern zoo is amazing. Im not a huge aquarium fan, but this had a nice mixture of plants, fish and education. Parking is a hassel, have to park a ways away and walk. Its in a tourist area, so have to pay. Not that cheap to get in either. The kelp forest and jellyfish exhibits are amazing. Its all well done. Most of the exhibits are geared towards local life, which may disappoint some who are looking for tropical things and such. Big enough to make it worth while for the drive down here.

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium is definitely the best aquarium in Northern California. There are a lot of exhibits to see and huge tanks of so many sea creatures. They also have a lot of touch tanks where you can actually touch sting rays. The 2nd floor has touch tanks for kelp, kermit crabs, starfish and other smaller sea creatures. They also have this small area with an exhibit of the bird life by the bay that has live birds and ducks.

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium is definitely the best aquarium in Northern California. There are a lot of exhibits to see and huge tanks of so many sea creatures. They also have a lot of touch tanks where you can actually touch sting rays. The 2nd floor has touch tanks for kelp, kermit crabs, starfish and other smaller sea creatures. They also have this small area with an exhibit of the bird life by the bay that has live birds and ducks.

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This is a great aquarium. It ranks up there with the one in Baltimore and maybe one other. What makes Monterey Bay so great is that they don't just display a variety of sea creatures but they also talk about them, try to teach you more about the habitats, and lucky for the people that live in the area they show the very rich and diverse ecosystem of Monterey Bay. I was lucky enough to see the great white shark they had in captivity and I'll never forget how she glided through the water. Good reason the line goes around the building sometimes. It can be expensive without coupons though.

PROS: Amazing variety of fish and plantlife
CONS: Can be expensive

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This is a great aquarium. It ranks up there with the one in Baltimore and maybe one other. What makes Monterey Bay so great is that they don't just display a variety of sea creatures but they also talk about them, try to teach you more about the habitats, and lucky for the people that live in the area they show the very rich and diverse ecosystem of Monterey Bay. I was lucky enough to see the great white shark they had in captivity and I'll never forget how she glided through the water. Good reason the line goes around the building sometimes. It can be expensive without coupons though.

PROS: Amazing variety of fish and plantlife
CONS: Can be expensive

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium is by far the best aquarium we have evr visited! The exhibits are astonishing. You can literally spend the entire day and not run out of things to see! From sharks, to starfish, to ducks and sea otters, there are so many animals and fish to see! There is always a friendly volunteer around to answer questions and point out interesting things about each exhibit.

They have the absolute best childrens area too! The kids can get hands on education. They have water games and even an indoor park. There are also costumes so the kids can dress up like their favorite ocean critter.

There is also an aquarium with Nemo, Dory and some other fish from the movie. Children of all ages love the bat ray pond where you can pet a real live bat ray! I could go on and on, but you should check it out for yourself! I recommend this aquarium to everyone! Please go see it if you are in the area.

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium is by far the best aquarium we have evr visited! The exhibits are astonishing. You can literally spend the entire day and not run out of things to see! From sharks, to starfish, to ducks and sea otters, there are so many animals and fish to see! There is always a friendly volunteer around to answer questions and point out interesting things about each exhibit.

They have the absolute best childrens area too! The kids can get hands on education. They have water games and even an indoor park. There are also costumes so the kids can dress up like their favorite ocean critter.

There is also an aquarium with Nemo, Dory and some other fish from the movie. Children of all ages love the bat ray pond where you can pet a real live bat ray! I could go on and on, but you should check it out for yourself! I recommend this aquarium to everyone! Please go see it if you are in the area.

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I was not initially stoked to visit this aquarium, having spent ample time in aquariums on the east coast and figured this place to be a display of the more bland variety. Then they obtained the Great White Shark. My boyfriend needed to see it, and I was convinced to go. Gladly so.

This is a beautiful aquarium with wonderful marine habitats and a plethora of information and opportunities to learn about the marine environment. Cover all aspects of marine life and educating about how to protect it at the same time. Defintately a great place to visit (and last time I checked had a AAA discount!)

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CONS: No parking lot... have to complete with all other Monterey traffic

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I was not initially stoked to visit this aquarium, having spent ample time in aquariums on the east coast and figured this place to be a display of the more bland variety. Then they obtained the Great White Shark. My boyfriend needed to see it, and I was convinced to go. Gladly so.

This is a beautiful aquarium with wonderful marine habitats and a plethora of information and opportunities to learn about the marine environment. Cover all aspects of marine life and educating about how to protect it at the same time. Defintately a great place to visit (and last time I checked had a AAA discount!)

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CONS: No parking lot... have to complete with all other Monterey traffic

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium is probably one of the most famous aquariums in the world, and for good reason. It fully lives up to its reputation as a repository for some of the most beautiful and exotic creatues in the ocean. It's understandably a tourist trap, but the grounds are large enough that crowding isn't too much of a problem. Be sure to go see the otters. The only downside is it's cost, but the experience is totally worth it.

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium is probably one of the most famous aquariums in the world, and for good reason. It fully lives up to its reputation as a repository for some of the most beautiful and exotic creatues in the ocean. It's understandably a tourist trap, but the grounds are large enough that crowding isn't too much of a problem. Be sure to go see the otters. The only downside is it's cost, but the experience is totally worth it.

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Monterey is a beautiful area in and of itself, but we always make it to the aquarium when we visit. You can go outside and see the natural tide pools, and the jellyfish are the most amazing. You can't imagine all the different shapes, sizes and colors that these come in. It's really an unbelievable experience. It is a little expensive, but I think you can get discount tickets on Costco's website.

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Monterey is a beautiful area in and of itself, but we always make it to the aquarium when we visit. You can go outside and see the natural tide pools, and the jellyfish are the most amazing. You can't imagine all the different shapes, sizes and colors that these come in. It's really an unbelievable experience. It is a little expensive, but I think you can get discount tickets on Costco's website.

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This aquarium is certainly the best I've been to, it is truly impressive. There are giant tanks with some amazing fish and sharks. The coolest part are the tunnles that you get to walk through with fish on all sides of you. I really haven't been anywhere else like this. Amazing. Expensive but worth it.

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This aquarium is certainly the best I've been to, it is truly impressive. There are giant tanks with some amazing fish and sharks. The coolest part are the tunnles that you get to walk through with fish on all sides of you. I really haven't been anywhere else like this. Amazing. Expensive but worth it.

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This aquarium is considered the best in the Bay area. The price of the ticket is slightly over-priced. And the package ticket for family (unlimited visit for one year) is over-priced too but it is worth it, if you visit more than 2 times for the whole year. After paying for the family package, they will send monthly newsletter to the member. There isn't much fastansic benefit for the member because you have to pay almost everything for their events and the average price is about $30 per person. But if you have children at home, is worth to bring them to visit the aquarium. Oh yes, the jelly fish section is well worth to see..... very beautiful!

PROS: Educational visit for kids
CONS: No parking lot at the aquarium

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This aquarium is considered the best in the Bay area. The price of the ticket is slightly over-priced. And the package ticket for family (unlimited visit for one year) is over-priced too but it is worth it, if you visit more than 2 times for the whole year. After paying for the family package, they will send monthly newsletter to the member. There isn't much fastansic benefit for the member because you have to pay almost everything for their events and the average price is about $30 per person. But if you have children at home, is worth to bring them to visit the aquarium. Oh yes, the jelly fish section is well worth to see..... very beautiful!

PROS: Educational visit for kids
CONS: No parking lot at the aquarium

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If you want to see sea creatures then the Monterey Bay Aquarium is where you should go. Unlike Aquarium of the Bay at Pier 39 this one is full scale with 2 levels of exhibits. They have touch tanks downstairs and one upstairs. They have a special kids area too where kids can play with boats and get really wet.

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If you want to see sea creatures then the Monterey Bay Aquarium is where you should go. Unlike Aquarium of the Bay at Pier 39 this one is full scale with 2 levels of exhibits. They have touch tanks downstairs and one upstairs. They have a special kids area too where kids can play with boats and get really wet.

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I've been to many aquariums in the country, this one is one of the best. It has a large variety of different species and is designed in a way that is both entertaining for adults and educational for kids. The newly added jelly fish exhibit is totally out of the world.

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I've been to many aquariums in the country, this one is one of the best. It has a large variety of different species and is designed in a way that is both entertaining for adults and educational for kids. The newly added jelly fish exhibit is totally out of the world.

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There is no wonder why this is world renown. I've been to this place months apart and they always seem to have something new. The facility is huge with aquatic exhibits that you can play observer to and on occasion (like the stingray exhibit) can even touch the creatures. The place is made up to several floors and will take you a couple days to fully explore. As a family oriented exhibit, there are many of things for the children to play and interactive with that are both fun and educational. Much of the staff there are volunteers, but they definitely take pride in their jobs and it shows.

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There is no wonder why this is world renown. I've been to this place months apart and they always seem to have something new. The facility is huge with aquatic exhibits that you can play observer to and on occasion (like the stingray exhibit) can even touch the creatures. The place is made up to several floors and will take you a couple days to fully explore. As a family oriented exhibit, there are many of things for the children to play and interactive with that are both fun and educational. Much of the staff there are volunteers, but they definitely take pride in their jobs and it shows.

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