Monterey Bay Aquarium

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  • Fun for the Kids, Definitely NOT Fun for Whoever Has to Pay...

    Apr 27, 2005 by mrkstvns is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Hotels & Travel
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Ambience of an old cannery with great local environmental focus
    Cons: WAAAYYYYY too Expen$ive!

    Summary: It's big, it's beautiful, it's fun, it's horribly expensive. That's my one sentence view of the Monterey Bay Aquarium --- one of the most popular (and yeah, that means "crowded") attractions on the north-central California coast. The folks who built ... read more

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium

    Jan 6, 2011 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Great for kids, fun facts, and family bonding time!
    Cons: Not worth the money to get in!

    Summary:      I have been to Monterey Bay Aquarium numerous times as a child, teenager, and adult, and as a result, I am moderatley pleased.  The experience is interesting, yet way too quick, and really very ... read more

  • Monterey Bay!

    Jun 17, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Best Aquarium in the area.
    Cons: Parking is not great.

    Summary: The Monterey Bay Aquarium is the best Aquarium in Northern California. Maybe even the best Aquarium in California. At least the best I have ever been to. The location of the aquarium is great, right on the water next to many places to eat. Some of the ... read more

  • ~~ Monterey Bay Aquarium: Beautiful but Pricey ~~

    Oct 14, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Exhibits, beautiful environment, near Cannery Row
    Cons: Cost, parking, crowded

    Summary: During our last visit to Northern California, my husband and I visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Location, Hours, Contact Information Monterey Bay Aquarium 886 Cannery Row Monterey, California 93940 Regular Hours 10AM - 6PM Daily ... read more

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium: Bigger, better, and more crowded than ever

    Mar 9, 2006 by pilarzmom is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Hotels & Travel
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Jellies, Outer Bay, and Aviary are outstanding exhibits. Everything else is pretty cool, too.
    Cons: Crowds and entrance fees!

    Summary: The Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of Northern California's top tourist destinations, without a doubt. My family is fortunate to live only an hour away and have been there many times over the years. A few weeks ago we ventured there again as we were eager ... read more

  • The Monterey Bay Aquarium - Truly a Wonderful Establishment to Visit in Northern California

    Nov 4, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: not commercialized, large deck outside for relaxing, great displays and exhibits
    Cons: when it's busy, it's harder to navigate and move through the exhibits as quickly

    Summary: I went to Monterey Bay for the first time a few weeks ago, on a business trip. Since I had some free time, I decided to stop by their aquarium, which I had heard so many compliments about. With no map to guide me in my rental car, I decided to just ... read more

  • Come one come all Marine Lovers!

    Apr 16, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Exciting, large, incredible amount of marine life, fun, very fun
    Cons: Crowded

    Summary: The Monterey Bay Aquarium is filled with a variety of everything. From Penguin to sea otter, from clown fish to a petting zoo of star fish, sea urchins and other marine life. As for me, I LOVE the MBA (Monterey Bay Aquarium). I love marine life and hope ... read more

  • 20 years old and still great

    Mar 30, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great overview of sea life and fun for kids
    Cons: Crowds and price only slightly (but it is worth it)

    Summary: I will not go into the depth that other reviews here do, but tell you some of the highs from our visit in March 2004. We went just before the shark exhibit was scheduled to open in april 2004. Because of that, they gave us complimentary tickets to come ... read more

  • Not Impressed...

    Jun 16, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It's in beautiful Monterey, CA
    Cons: Crowds, Price, Lethargic Sea life

    Summary: Our family just returned from a visit to the beautiful coast of California. After reading such wonde ... read more

  • From Atlantic To Pacific To The Monterey Bay Aquarium

    Feb 15, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: This amazing place is not only educational, it's peaceful.
    Cons: For me I live too far away.

    Summary: Monterey Bay is located on the coast of northern California on the very end of historic Cannery Row off of highway 1 south. This gorgeous bay supports an abundance of marine communities. Kelp forests, coastal wetlands, sandy sea bottoms and deep ... read more

  • Ton of fun under the sea

    Jan 5, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Lots of wildlife, wide and friendly setting, beautiful views
    Cons: expensive, can get crowded

    Summary: I live in the Monterey area and have quite often visited the aquarium. It's located on historical cannery row right next to alot of other fun shops, stores and places to eat. You can turn a trip to the aquarium to an all day event thanks to the many ... read more

  • Octopi and bat rays and PENGUINS - oh my!

    Nov 7, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Everything about it, except...
    Cons: ...not enough penguin varieties, and their exhibit is too small

    Summary: The Monterey Bay Aquarium was opened in 1984, the result of a 7-year effort inspired by marine scientists at Stanford University. A gift of David Packard, of Hewlett-Packard fame, it was intended as a view of the ocean flora and fauna specific to ... read more

  • Love One An Otter

    Jun 28, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: A family friendly, handicap accessible aquatic treasure that is a fun-filled learning environment.
    Cons: Monterey, CA is clear across the country from our home near Washington, DC.

    Summary: Before our recent trip to Monterey, CA, Mrs. G and I each composed a listing of “must visit” attractions. Not surprisingly, The Monterey Bay Aquarium was #1 on both of our lists. There were probably a hundred people in line when we ... read more

  • The Monterey Bay Aquarium has so much to see and do!

    Dec 7, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: tons of exhibits, lots to see and learn, amazing and beautiful
    Cons: crowds, parking

    Summary: You'd think that with how much I adore sea life and the fact that I live here, I'd pretty much live at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, right? Well... no. When it was first build my family got a yearly pass-for the first 6 or so years. That was in 1984. ... read more

  • What a great aquarium

    Aug 7, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Informative, keeps the children busy
    Cons: none that I can think of

    Summary: My sister, her two sons, and I went to this aquarium just about three weeks ago and what a time we had. My nephews were jumpy with excitement at all of the different activities they could do. We spent just about the whole day in there moving ... read more

  • Gotta see the otters and penguins!!

    Jun 7, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: A huge assortment of fascinating, educational exhibits
    Cons: Can get a little crowded on the holidays

    Summary: My girlfriend and I went the aquarium when we were in Monterey for vacation. It was well kept and the staff was quite friendly and helpful. However, we went on Memorial Day weekend and the place was PACKED. With everyone huddled near the ... read more

  • Escape From The Valley Heat To The Cool Coastal Beaches

    May 31, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Seeing marine life in their habitat; beautiful schools of fish
    Cons: Can be crowded

    Summary: Please heed this advice: Make plans to arrive early and visit during the week to avoid being stuck in a crowd! They arrived early in flashy cars. They were mostly teenagers from the surrounding areas. They dropped off a few friends to stand ... read more

  • Catch a wave! Pet a ray! Grab a crab! Don't miss this fantastic aquarium.

    Mar 13, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Impressive array of marine exhibits, cute sea otters. Educational programs
    Cons: Crowds can be overwhelming. Try to go on weekdays.

    Summary: I feel fortunate to live only an hour away from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It's a must see destination whenever a friend or relative visits us in Santa Cruz, and although I've been there at least ten times, I'm always ready to go again. The ... read more

  • Go again and again!

    Nov 29, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Something for everyone
    Cons: Cafe food a little expensive and not great

    Summary: Our family received a membership as a gift recently. We had never been to the aquarium and of course were anxious to check it out as soon as possible. We have 3 children 12,10, and 2. There was something for all of them as well as for the adults. We ... read more

  • A Must See in CA

    Nov 19, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: lots of sea life, good exhibits
    Cons: crowds, lot of walking

    Summary: My family visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium when we visited my sister in July. She had previously been and recommended we see it. It was definitely worth the money. We went on a weekday morning and had to stand in line only while waiting for ... read more

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