June 30 - September 1, 2018 - Evening at the Bay. Locals receive a Monterey Bay Aquarium discount for evenings at the bay. Proof of residency required.

July 1 - September 2, 2018 - Locals enjoy reduced admission on Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. Proof of residency required.

September - December, 2017 -  Fridays after at 3 p.m. locals save $10 on each general admission. Proof of residency required.

Nov. 10–12, 2018 - Veterans Day weekend. Veterans, active-duty military, reservists and retirees with a valid military ID can receive FREE admission with proper ID. Discount Monterey Bay Aquarium tickets for family members can be purchased in advance at participating bases.

December 1–9, 2018 - Community Open House - A Monterey Bay Aquarium locals only discount - FREE admission. Specials on memberships.

A Monterey Bay Aquarium discount ticket is offered to seniors 65 and up.

A discount is offered for high school aged children and college students with valid ID.

2018 - A military Monterey Bay Aquarium discount is offered for active and retired military personnel at the gate with a proper ID.  For military groups, tickets must be purchased at certain places ahead of time.  Find out more about Monterey Bay Aquarium military discounts at this link.

The aquarium is part of the San Francisco CityPass. If you don't have one, you can get one here.

 zebrasnout seahorse at monterey bay aquarium, california.

zebrasnout seahorse at monterey bay aquarium, california.

The Aquarium works with the Monterey County and City of Watsonville libraries to offer FREE passes for up to six people for low income families. You must be a member of the library. A limited number of tickets are given to the library each month.

Groups of 12 or more paying guests can receive a Monterey Bay Aquarium group discount. The discount starts at $2 off a ticket and goes higher for larger groups. You need to call ahead at least 48 hours in advance.

Some corporations and credit unions offer discounted tickets. Check with your company's human resources department to see if they offer one.

AAA members can buy Monterey Bay Aquarium discount tickets at a Northern California AAA office. Some restrictions may apply. 

Printable Monterey Bay coupons are sometimes available at the Visit California website.

The aquarium often offers Home School Days. These are very popular and fill up very fast. Home School Days offers reservations for up to 10 participants of adult and youth ages for FREE.  Children under two do not need to be counted, as they are free already. Home school families are allowed to participate once per school year.

Some local Monterey Bay hotels and Bed and Breakfasts offer Monterey Bay Aquarium hotel packages in combination with aquarium tickets. Some of these hotels near the Monterey Bay Aquarium are Embassy Suites in Seaside, Hyatt Regency in Monterey, Monterey Marriott Hotel, Pebble Beach Company, Comfort Inn-Monterey Peninsula Airport, Courtyard by Marriott in Salinas, Anton Inn and Sandpiper Inn. Many offer 2 day aquarium tickets for the price of one day.

A membership offers FREE admission for one year, member’s entrance, discounts on gift shop, bookstore, programs, special events and more.

Monterey Bay Aquarium coupons, discounts, deals and specials are usually for a limited time and have an expiration date.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Information

Address:  886 Cannery Row, Monterey, California 93940

Phone:  1- 831-648-4800

Website:  www.montereybayaquarium.org/

Animals:  nearly 200 galleries and exhibits

Size:  322,000 square feet

About Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium focuses on the ocean life in the Monterey Bay and other oceans. It not only offers exhibits and information but also puts a strong emphasis on conservation and how we all can help in the efforts..

This California aquarium’s Kelp Forest exhibit is one of the tallest aquarium exhibits in the world and stands at 28 feet.  You can also see marine animals that live in a kelp forest such as sardines, leopard sharks, wolf eels, rockfish and more swimming in the large tank.  Life on the Bay offers view decks of the
Monterey Bay and the natural wildlife that calls the bay home.

The Splash Zone and Penguins area has interactive activities for people of all ages such as a kelp forest walk-through tunnel, touch pool, water play area and much, much more. 

Monterey Bay Aquarium Details

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is open every day with the exception of December 25.

Hours for the aquarium can vary throughout the year. However, regular hours are from 10 am to 6 pm.

Regular admission prices are Adults $49.95, Student (13-17 or college ID) $39.95, Children (3-12) $29.95, Senior (65 and up) $39.95 and children under three are FREE.

Parking is available in parking garages and metered street parking.  You can save some on parking by parking your car further out and taking the FREE WAVE visitor trolley to the aquarium.

While no outside food or drink can be eaten inside the Aquarium, there are picnic areas provides behind
the Education building and at the outside amphitheater at the Great Tide Pool.


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