Whether you’re from halfway around the world or from just down the street, we welcome you to a hands-on exploration at our Aquarium. Visit and be inspired to understand more about our amazing Santa Monica Bay marine environment, and learn how you can help to conserve it.
Visit during our public hours and you can:
Get a hug from a spiky sea urchin
Experience the salty spray from a swell shark
Examine microscopic sea life in our lab
Learn about the animals of the Santa Monica Bay on a marine-themed scavenger hunt
Make a sea star crown, an ocotpus puppet or a pirate's hat at the arts and crafts station
Stop by any Saturday for a whale of a tale - 3:30 p.m. is story time in the Green Room
Each Tuesday and Friday, staff members invite visitors to help feed the sea stars in our touch tanks. Weekly feedings begin at 2:30 p.m.
Don't miss the shark's favorite time of day - feeding time! Learn about these often-misunderstood creatures while watching them eat a meal Sundays at 3:30 p.m.
Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium recently teamed up with Wemo Media to help spread the word about ocean conservation via a new iPad game, SUPERFUGU.
The free 3-D game allows players to control an eco-warrior pufferfish named Fugu who must …
Heading east, away from the beach and the surf, we were on a mission. The destination: Golden Road Brewing, just north of downtown. They had a special treat waiting for Heal the Bay staffers. Today was the day that the Heal the Bay IPA (India Pale A…
The city of Santa Monica is bustling with development projects, and the area around our Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is at the hub of construction activity. We’re committed to providing updates on construction and links to websites that map the best …