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Monterey Bay Aquarium

886 Cannery Row, Monterey, California 93940 USA

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“over 600 species on display!!!”

The Monterey Bay Aquarium (or MBA, founded 1984) is located on the former site of a sardine cannery on Cannery Row of the Pacific Ocean shoreline in. It has an annual attendance of 1.8 million visitors. It holds thousands of plants and animals, representing 623 separate named species on display. The aquarium benefits by a high circulation of fresh ocean water which is obtained through pipes which pump it in continuously from Monterey Bay.

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Reviewed by
James Fisher

  • Road Warrior
  • 502 Reviews
  • 364 Helpful
February 1, 2013
Rated 5.0

This is one of the coolest aquariums ever!

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Reviewed by
Ryan.E.Woodard

  • 11 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
January 5, 2015
Rated 5.0

Great aquarium, the variety and quality of exhibits is impressive. There are regular shows outside here, and scuba demos for anyone interested in Monterey's marine features. Must see!

1 person found this review helpful

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Tatiana Danger

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  • 1,169 Reviews
  • 614 Helpful
August 31, 2014
Rated 4.0

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute has a new exhibit called "Tentacles" and the vampire squid will be joining a midwater octopus which is able to change its appearance from translucent to solid orange.

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Tatiana Danger

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  • 614 Helpful
August 30, 2014
Rated 4.0

The penguin and jellyfish exhibits are fantastic.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Nate

  • 72 Reviews
  • 24 Helpful
July 31, 2014
Rated 5.0

The best aquarium. Even better than Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. You absolutely must see the Sunfish; it's more mesmerizing than a jellyfish display.

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Reviewed by
mardi61200

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
July 17, 2014

It is simply amazing.

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Reviewed by
marianne.oedum

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 15, 2014
Rated 5.0

Fantastic aquarium😃

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
FamilyRoadTrippers

  • 17 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
June 23, 2017
Rated 5.0

We had a fabulous time. The sea otters were our favorite!

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Reviewed by
harrellde

  • 8 Reviews
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January 6, 2017
Rated 5.0

Absolutely amazing with all kinds of fish, reptiles, amphibians, and birds found by the sea. So many different species and a lot to learn about protecting our oceans.

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masalateaaddict

  • 3 Reviews
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December 29, 2016
Rated 4.0

My favorite aquarium in the whole world! It does get super crowded though.

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Monterey Bay Aquarium

886 Cannery Row
Monterey, California
93940 USA

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