886 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
Days and Hours Of Operation
Daily 10am–6pm, Winter 10am–5pm, Summer/Holidays 9:30am–6pm, Summer weekends 9:30am–8pm; closed on December 25
Discover the mystery of the jellies, play with the penguins, or be swept away to the lull of the Kelp Forest. Whether you are looking for a day trip or planning an over-nighter with your kids, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a must destination. The Aquarium sits at the end of historic Cannery Row in Monterey and is definitely a sight to see.
From otters to octopi, from penguins to whales, in-depth looks into the lives of marine animals are offered through sight-seeing and educational programs. Be sure to check out the live web cams of different animals and Monterey Bay.
Kids will also love visiting the Splash Zone, with hours of fun and lots to see. Parents, teachers, and kids can check out Kid's Corner online, for activities, lesson plan ideas, and more.
The Underwater Explorers program gives kids ages 8 to 13 years old the chance to SCUBA dive with staff in the Great Tide Pool. Meet the critters underwater as part of your summer visit experience. No SCUBA experience is required.
Become a marine scientist for a day! Sailing Adventures is a program for youth ages 10 and up to experience the natural wonders of Monterey Bay first hand as they work alongside aquarium naturalists aboard the Derek M Bails, a 65-foot sailboat designed for ocean research.
Other youth programs include Behind-the-Scenes tours for kids ages 6 and up ($10–$12 plus admission); the Family and Youth Group Seashore Sleepovers for kids ages 5 and up, an overnight adventure for groups to explore the Aquarium after hours and sleep next to the exhibits ($50–$75 per member, $75–$95 per non-member); and Morning Rounds for kids ages 8 and up ($45 per member, $65 per non-member plus admission).
$29.95 per adult, $27.95 per student or senior 65 and up, $19.95 per child ages 3 to 12, under 3 are FREE.
Getting ThereJust minutes from Carmel and Pebble Beach, Monterey is approximately 125 miles south of San Francisco. Visit the website for easy directions.
* Get your hand stamped and take a break at the Dennis the Menace Park in Monterey.
* If you are staying overnight, check with your hotel about ticket purchases and discounts.
* Make sure you pick up some salt water taffy at one of the many local candy stores.
What We've Heard"This trip has been a family favorite for years!"