One of the truly great institutions and places to visit in all of California has to be the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It really is an aquarium unlike any other. From sea otters to seaweeds, our unique oceanfront location and timeless galleries bring the wonders of the ocean to life for our visitors. But beyond our exhibits, we are transforming what it means to be an aquarium.

Yes, those are sharks in the background!

Frolicking sea otters, fast-swimming sharks, pulsating jellies and waddling penguins — our world-class exhibits and breathtaking scenery instill a love of the ocean in our visitors. With over 200 exhibits and 80,000 plants and animals, the Aquarium is a window to the wonders of the ocean.


Our exhibits are just one part of what we do. Our scientists are rebuilding sea otter populations, transforming fisheries and aquaculture around the world, and working to protect California’s ocean. Our policy experts are moving the needle on legislation to address climate change and end plastic pollution. Our Seafood Watch team is shifting the global marketplace to make seafood more sustainable.

Together we inspire people – from the public to politicians – to take action on some of the biggest threats to ocean health.

I felt like I was in the water with these beautiful creatures.

Education is a top priority. Since 1984, more than 2.5 million students have visited the Aquarium for free. Our life-changing teacher and youth development programs are helping young people find their voices as ocean conservation leaders and will ensure a healthy future for the ocean.

They’re just being fishy. Lol.

If you have never visited Monterey Bay Aquarium, with things starting to open up here in California, you should put this on your list of things to do. Click the button below to visit their official website.