Located at the ocean's edge, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a window to marine life -- for dive masters and non-swimmers alike. It's home to sea otters, penguins, sharks, jellies and thousands of other marine animals and plants. Its mission is to inspire conservation of the ocean.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s vibrant undersea world is as close to Finding Dory as little kids can get. Though they won’t spot a seven-legged octopus like Hank, they’ll certainly see familiar friends at the Open Sea exhibit. Through its 90-foot-wide picture window, they can catch a glimpse of dozens of sea creatures, including scalloped hammerhead sharks, green sea turtles, pelagic stingrays and sardines, gliding through 1.2 million gallons of water. (You can prep your kids ahead of time for this spectacular attraction with the aquarium’s cool live web cam.) Nearby exhibits feature both puffins and moon jellies.
And in the Enchanted Kelp Forest, children can get their hands wet in the 40-foot-long touch pool teeming with sea urchins, kelp crabs, sea stars, and other marine life. You’ll probably want to park it for a while in the Splash Zone & Penguins area. Here, they’ll spy Nemo’s cousins in the tropical fish tank, watch African penguins feeding, explore hands-on educational exhibits, and work at a water table (complete with waterproof aprons).
Family Membership Package: Two designated adults
Your children or grandchildren (ages 5–21)
Access to Aquarium Live, a series of exclusive virtual events just for members
No transferable guest cards*
Includes educational resources, interactive project ideas, trip organization and engaging activities.
Educator Package: Includes educational resources, interactive project ideas, trip organization, direct experiential opportunities to help better connect the experience with your students and complimentary chaperone ticket.
Student Package: Includes engaging pre and post visit educational activities, trip organization and student entry.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Once you submit an order for tickets with your charter school, they will reach out to us with your request. You will be receiving your e-tickets and educational materials in an email within 1-2 days after we receive that request. Please make sure to check your email spam folder if you don't see your tickets in your inbox by that time. Submitting your order at least 7-14 days prior to your trip date is generally best unless you are trying to book a venue that requires more advanced planning.