Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium featuring marine life and interior views
Perched on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, you’ll find a spectacular window into life both above and below the waves.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium showcases more than 35,000 animals and plants across 550 species. You’ll discover all kinds of local wildlife here, including fish of all sizes, invertebrates, mammals and plants. 

The centerpiece of the aquarium is a three-story-high tank containing a towering kelp forest. Crane your head back and gaze up at the spectacle of wolf-eels, leopard sharks and schools of sardines gliding and darting through the swaying kelp giants. Visit The Open Sea to get incredibly close to enormous sunfish, hammerhead sharks, and blue- and yellowfin tuna. On the other side in the Oceans Edge section check out the Giant Octopuses. In the Rocky Shores exhibit, walk through a tunnel as waves foam and crash overhead. After taking in the larger exhibits, turn your attention towards one of the ocean’s more delicate creatures, the seahorse, in the Splash Zone.

Children will delight in the comical penguin troupes and the sea otters lazing about on rocky outcrops. Family members of all ages can touch and feed a variety of animals while learning about their habitats at the petting pools. 

The auditorium hosts shows throughout the day, most of which are 15-minutes long. Learn about the life of the spineless jellyfish or catch the daily feed with turtles, fish and sharks. Take a trip behind the glass with a short film detailing how the aquarium staff feed and care for all the centre’s animals. 

Join a tour to get more deeply acquainted with specific species. A guide will show you around for anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours. Kids aged 8–13 can get closer to the action with a dive tour, which includes basic scuba diving training. All tours require a fee in addition to admission costs and must be booked in advance through the aquarium’s website. 

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is located on the waterfront at historic Cannery Row, an area immortalized in the John Steinbeck novel of the same name. A five-minute drive from central Monterey, the area is also serviced by the Monterey–Salinas Transit (MST) bus line. 

The aquarium is open daily except Christmas Day. You’ll need about two to three hours to explore all of the exhibits. 

Top 10 Hotels Near Monterey Bay Aquarium

Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay
Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay
4 out of 5
Two Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA, 93940
The price is RM1,157 per night from 5 Oct to 6 Oct
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly resort in Monterey. Enjoy 2 restaurants, 2 bars/lounges and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,189 reviews)
"Nice location, rooms are nicely decorated and spacious, walking distance to nice restaurants and cafes."

Reviewed on 2 Oct 2022

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
4.5 out of 5
400 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA, 93940
The price is RM1,948 per night from 5 Oct to 6 Oct
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury resort in Monterey. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,656 reviews)
"The spectacular views of the bay, the dining area and quality of the food and service, the cleanliness of the rooms, all made our stay very nice. Second time staying at this location and will no doubt return."

Reviewed on 4 Oct 2022

InterContinental the Clement Monterey, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental the Clement Monterey, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
750 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA, 93940
The price is RM1,195 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Monterey. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,000 reviews)
Comfortable and pleasant stay
"Our stay was great. Lovely clean room with a balcony where we could see the otters at play. The breakfast was excellent, a generous fruit and berry and yogurt portion while my partner enjoyed his bacon sausage and egg breakfast. We appreciated the parking until 4:00 pm after we checked out, allowing ..."

Reviewed on 29 Sep 2022

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Cannery Row Inn
Cannery Row Inn
2 out of 5
200 Foam St Monterey, Monterey, CA, 93940
Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay
Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay
4 out of 5
Two Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA, 93940
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
4.5 out of 5
400 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA, 93940
InterContinental the Clement Monterey, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental the Clement Monterey, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
750 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA, 93940
Victorian Inn
Victorian Inn
3 out of 5
487 Foam St, Monterey, CA, 93940
Spindrift Inn
Spindrift Inn
3.5 out of 5
652 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA, 93940
Hotel Pacific
Hotel Pacific
3.5 out of 5
300 Pacific St, Monterey, CA, 93940
Wave Street Inn
Wave Street Inn
2.5 out of 5
571 Wave Street, Monterey, CA, 93940
Monterey Bay Inn
Monterey Bay Inn
3.5 out of 5
242 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA, 93940
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