Wonders at Monterey Bay Aquarium


Take a close look at sea otters, sharks, and thousands of other sea creatures.

Recently awarded as the #1 aquarium in the world by TripAdvisor.com, The Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of those destinations that charms everyone who walks through its great glass doors. Here you can watch rescued sea otters swim, play, and groom in their naturalized exhibit. Or, dive into the deep sea with our newest exhibit, “Tentacles: The Astounding lives of Octopus, Squids and Cuttlefishes,” the largest, most diverse living exhibit ever created to showcase these amazing animals.

Other exhibits throughout the aquarium give visitors a glance into the worlds of countless fish species, as well as amphibians, birds, invertebrates, octopi, and reptiles. Watch aquarium staff feed penguins and sea otters, and experience other creatures as they interact in extraordinarily realistic underwater environments that simulate the adjacent Monterey Bay and beyond. Kids love the interactive touch pool filled with starfish, sea cucumbers, and other ocean creatures. The bat ray exhibit, where you can feel the velvety softness of a bat ray as it flys by, is always a hit.

The aquarium also offers a variety of special tours, including a behind-the-scenes look at how the aquarium's remarkable filtration systems work to keep all the resident creatures alive and well. Another fun tour lets you follow a staff member on morning rounds, which may include feeding and interacting with some of the animals on site.

Hungry? Visit our Café and enjoy casual food that's perfect for the whole family including brick-oven pizzas, made-to-order burgers, fresh-tossed salads and mouthwatering desserts. All of our dishes feature the freshest, local ingredients sourced from Monterey Bay and the Central Valley.

If a sit-down restaurant is more your style come relax at Cindy’s Waterfront, our beautiful, full-service restaurant with spectacular ocean views. It's the perfect spot to sip a glass of wine and savor Cindy Pawlcyn's inspired seasonal dishes with selections such as Monterey Bay Calamari and Cindy's Curried Chicken Salad.