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Summer at the Aquarium

The Whole Aquarium's a Stage

Live theater at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

If you're looking for a captivating theatrical experience, chances are an aquarium visit won't be top of mind, and understandably so. Since aquariums first debuted over a century ago, they've been built to inspire "left brain" concepts—science, logic and facts—through exhibits of living animals.

Today, more and more science-based institutions are putting theatrical programs at center stage, and the Aquarium is no exception. We've found these experiences make for a more engaging visit by bringing history and science to life.

Encounters with live theater also help our visitors understand and connect more deeply with the messages we convey about the ocean in our exhibits and programs. That's why we offer performances (sometimes in surprising locations) throughout the Aquarium, especially during the summer.

Wander into Tentacles and you may encounter a turn-of-the-century explorer who will regale you with stories of recent expeditions. Stop by the Real-Cost Cafe to interact with wait staff who will serve up some tasty tips for sustainable seafood. Step outside to the Great Tide Pool and you'll journey through centuries of fishing traditions reflecting the many people and cultures who called Monterey home.
Our full complement of live performances runs from June 17 to September 4.

More To Do this Summer

Personal Guided Tour

Take Time for a Tour

  • Special Member Pricing
Go behind the scenes for a more intimate look at our animals and operations. Have you ever touched a moon jelly? Now you can on our Insider's Tour, where you'll discover the secret lives of jellies, uncover new animals and more! Find out how we care for rescued sea otter pups, and how our research is helping sea otters thrive in the wild on our Sea Otter Conservation tour. Are you a shark fan? On our Shark Tour, we'll show you over a dozen different species of sharks. You can also express your love for a special someone by booking one of our Romance Tours. We offer a wide range of personalized possibilities that will leave you with treasured memories. Learn more and book now

Under Water Explorers divers

Underwater Explorers

  • Special Member Pricing
Come dive with us! In this unique program, we introduce kids ages eight to 13 to the underwater world through surface scuba diving. They will encounter amazing animals and discover the wonders of Monterey Bay while being safely guided by Aquarium dive staff in our Great Tide Pool. No experience is necessary, only a sense of adventure! We'll run four programs a day between June 19 and September 4 (except from August 28 to August 31). Underwater Explorers is our most popular summer program and sells out quickly, so book online now! Learn more and book now

Sleepover in the Kelp Forest at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Summertime Sleepovers

  • Special Member Pricing
Sleep next to your favorite Aquarium exhibit this summer! Start your Sleepover experience with live music during Evenings by the Bay. When the doors close, continue to explore the Aquarium at your leisure with special programs and a light bedtime snack before you fall asleep in front of your favorite exhibit. Wake up with the fishes and enjoy a continental breakfast in our Cafe. Learn more and book now

Evenings by the Bay event at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Evenings by the Bay

July 1–September 2

We've changed our extended summer hours this year to kick off the weekends a little early. During Evenings by the Bay this season you can linger until 8 p.m. on Fridays (July only) and Saturdays (July to September) at your favorite exhibits as you enjoy live music, beverages from a no-host bar, and delicious food. On Fridays in July only, enjoy popular Monterey Jazz Festival musicians. On Saturdays from July to September a variety of live bands will entertain you, and you can purchase small bites from special menus created by the Aquarium's Executive Chef, Matthew Beaudin, as well as a variety of beverages from a no-host bar.
Members receive special pricing on Underwater Explorers, Tours and Sleepovers.
Learn more and book or call us at (831) 647-6886.