The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium features interactive displays, touch tanks, educational films and programs, and a kid's corner, all designed to provide visitors with a look into the ocean world.

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Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
BeachExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5
BeachExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • The aquarium is at beach level, below the carousel, and a nice diversion where you can learn about the sea habitats of Santa Monica Bay.
  • One of the highlights is Shark Sundays, at 3:30 p.m., when you can watch the sharks being fed and hear a presentation on these fearsome predators. There's a shark and ray tank—don't touch.
  • Exhibits do include a touch tank with tidepool critters, a kelp forest tank, and octopus tank. Want to know what lives under the pier? The pier tank has the answer—halibut, surfperch, enormous ochre sea stars, and more.

Santa Monica Pier
1600 Ocean Front Walk
Santa Monica, California
Parking: Sat.-Sun. 12:30pm-5:00pm, Tue.-Fri. 2:00pm-5:00pm
Price: 12 and over $2 minimum, $5 suggested

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 310-393-6149
Fax: 310-393-4839
Price Information: 12 and over $2 minimum, $5 suggested
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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