Experience the Santa Monica Bay

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

Heal the Bay’s public marine education center under the Santa Monica Pier. 

At the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, you will be treated to a unique view of the undersea world just steps from our Aquarium’s doors. The family-friendly facility is home to more than 100 species of marine animals and plants – all found in the Santa Monica Bay. As our guest, you will gain a new appreciation for the sea life of the Bay and leave inspired to become a steward of this crucial marine environment.

 

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Join us for some of our daily events at the Aquarium!

Shark feedings? Sea urchin hugs? Citizen science? Step right up! No matter when you drop by the Aquarium, we've got exciting things going on.


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Public Hours:

 

MONDAY: CLOSED to the public

TUES-FRI: 2:00pm-5:00pm

SAT-SUN: 12:30pm-5:00pm

 

 

 

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Admission Fees:

 

Families and groups of 9 or less:

Kids 12 and under: FREE
Adults and kids 13 and up: $5/person

 

Groups of 10 or more:

$3 per person, regardless of age

 

 

City to the Sea Scavenger Hunt (click for pdf)

We're celebrating the new expo line linking downtown and Santa Monica with a scavenger hunt! Read clues and answer questions about the environment at each of the 19 station stops. Don't forget to visit Heal the Bay's Santa Monica Pier Aquarium when you arrive - mention the train tour to get the answers (as well as meet the animals native to the Santa Monica Bay)! Click here or on the banner above for a printable version.  

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