Visit Santa Monica’s non-profit community aquarium, operated by the environmental organization Heal the Bay, to learn about and see species of sea life that can be found right in Santa Monica Bay.

The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium features impressive touch tanks that provide an opportunity to get up close to and interact with small sea animals such as starfish, sea urchins, and more while popular shark-themed Sundays always draw a crowd to watch a feeding demonstration and educational presentation at the open top shark exhibit (view schedule online).

Visitors will learn and appreciate how keeping California ecosystems healthy is important for its economic well-being, while exhibit highlights illustrate the preservation efforts that Santa Monica Pier Aquarium makes, and what the general population can do to help, such as donating to partner organizations such as the aquarium’s own Heal the Bay.

The Go Los Angeles Card is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility. Your pass includes Santa Monica Pier Aquarium tickets, plus admission to dozens more top attractions.

Hours of Operation

Tuesday-Friday, 2:00 pm-5:00 pm
Saturday-Sunday, 12:30 pm-5:00 pm

Closings & Holidays

Mondays, Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. All holiday hours are subject to change without notice

Know before you go

Present your Go Los Angeles Card to the admissions counter.

The aquarium closes periodically for special events; please call before arriving to verify hours of operation.

Getting there

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

US, CA, Santa Monica, 90401, 1600 Ocean Front Walk

Address

1600 Ocean Front Walk
Santa Monica, CA 90401
United States