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Monterey Area

The Aquarium is perched on the edge of a world-famous coastline and surrounded by charming communities. Part of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the waters just off our decks are home to a rich variety of marine life. Continue exploring miles of welcoming beaches, hiking and cycling trails just outside the Aquarium's doors, and visit the nearby towns to discover the area's rich history, culture and arts scene.

Our community is proud to put sustainability into practice every day. Our collective efforts have helped Monterey County become the third certified “Green Destination” in the United States on the Global Destination Sustainability Index.

Big Little Lies at the Aquarium

Are you a fan of Big Little Lies? Check out our ongoing guide to the real-life Aquarium locations that you've seen in recent episodes of this Monterey-situated series.

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Monterey Plaza Hotel

Hotel Partners

Simplify your vacation planning with one of our partnering hotels and get two-day tickets for the price of one-day. View all hotel partners
Humpback whale breaching

Parks & Nature

You can enjoy this region's natural beauty by kayak, boat, surrey and scuba every season of the year.
Cannery Row Walking Audio Tours

Monterey Bay Audio Tours

Download our free audio tours and join us for guided walks along Cannery Row or the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail. Go now