Monterey Bay Aquarium General Information

The Monterey Bay Aquarium

The exhibits take you into the hidden world of Monterey Bay, a spectacular ocean realm at the heart of the nation’s largest marine sanctuary. Recreating the habitat of the Monterey Bay, from shallow tide pools to the open ocean and deep sea.

The main feature is the Outer Bay Waters exhibit, the one-million-gallon tank containing tuna, sharks, ocean sunfish and sea turtles. At last count, they were home to almost 300,000 individual plants and animals. They exhibit approximately 550 species.

Purchase your tickets at our Inn and receive 2 day pass for the price of a 1-day pass!

Ticket costs: Adults $39.95; Senior (65+) & Student 12-18 with Student ID $34.95; Child (3 to 12) $24.95; Kids under 3 are Free. Note: For some people, a couple of hours at the Aquarium are enough but for others, even 2 whole days isn’t enough time. For the best experience, go on a guided tour with a docent or pick up a guide book at the facility to help lead you through the exhibits.

Hours of Operation: Open everyday except Christmas Day (12/25 closed)

Winter: 10am – 5pm

Summer: 9:30am – 6pm