The Monterey Bay Aquarium is located in Monterey at the west end of historic Cannery Row, just minutes from Carmel and Pebble Beach. Monterey is approximately 125 miles (208 km) south of San Francisco and 360 miles (600 km) north of Los Angeles.
May 24—Labor DayThis summer catch the WAVE (Waterfront Area Visitor Express) and enjoy a fast, fun and free ride to the Aquarium aboard the MST Trolley. The Victorian-style trolley operates daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends and holidays, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. It stops at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, Fisherman's Wharf and downtown Monterey.
Learn more on the City of Monterey website
- Take the free WAVE visitor trolley from downtown Monterey this summer! It's a great way to avoid parking and traffic congestion.
- There are several pay parking garages near the Aquarium (see details below).
- Limited metered parking is available on the surrounding streets. Free parking is difficult to find around the Aquarium.
Pay parking is available three blocks away from the Aquarium, in the Cannery Row Parking Garage on Wave St., between Hoffman Ave. and Prescott Ave.; and in the Cannery Row Lot located on David Ave. between Foam and Wave streets.
The City of Monterey's Smart Parking web pages have extensive information on parking options, public transportation within the area and RV parking.
There is free bicycle parking across the street from the Aquarium's main entrance, near the bus turnaround. Additional bike racks are available along the recreational trail.
The Aquarium is located directly on the beautiful Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail. Please visit the Bicycling Monterey website for bike maps and other information.
The Aquarium strives to be fully accessible to the disabled. Public parking is not offered on site, but guests with disabilities may park for free on surrounding streets at any metered parking space by displaying a disabled person or disabled veteran placard or license plate. More public parking options are available on the City of Monterey Parking Division website or by calling (831) 646-3953. A passenger drop-off/pick-up zone is located by the Aquarium's main entrance. Learn more about our accessibility options.
The Monterey Peninsula Airport offers the convenience of a small, friendly airport with direct connections to several major cities. Please visit the Fly Monterey website for flight schedules and more information.
The San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose airports are within a two-hour drive.