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Heal the Bay Aquarium, Santa Monica

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Aquarium · Zoo / Aquarium
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Heal the Bay Aquarium is the public face of Heal the Bay, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit; it is home to more than 100 species of marine animals and plants, living examples of the importance of our work to make Southern California’s coastal waters and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy and clean.

A visit to the Aquarium is uniquely interactive – the 4,500-square-foot marine center is loaded with hands-on exhibits; staff, trained volunteers, and interns are stationed throughout ready to help identify animals on display, answer questions, and engage in conversation about the ocean environment.
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  • I guess we expected way too much. We've done large aquariums, so this was not worth the waiting around (we had seen the Pier and figured might as well throw in the aquarium, but had to wait about 30....  more
    I guess we expected way too much. We've done large aquariums, so this was not worth the waiting around (we had seen the Pier and figured might as well throw in the aquarium, but had to wait about 30....  more »
  • It’s only a small attraction and you will only spend 25 - 30 mins in it. It only costs 7us and is run by local volunteers, they are really enthusiastic and have a lot to tell. It isn’t going to take.....  more
    It’s only a small attraction and you will only spend 25 - 30 mins in it. It only costs 7us and is run by local volunteers, they are really enthusiastic and have a lot to tell. It isn’t going to take.....  more »
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  • Didn't really get any pics from here since we really just needed to rent a beach wheelchair. But then...BABY SHARKS🦈 The whole experience can be pretty quick-The aquarium itself is really small and there's a fee for adults. Absolutely worth it...did I mention baby sharks?? No idea they were so cute🦈 My favorite was seeing them swim INSIDE their weird little egg sacks. Seriously, so cool! They have some educational artwork and the staff were all ready to share their knowledge. And the wheelchairs are free (leave your ID) and are really easy to maneuver on the sand. It was so soooooo helpful for our daughter who was down there on crutches to take her senior grad pics. They're located in a tiny area right under the pier. Oh, and their gift shop is really cute, too. Definitely stop in for a visit when you're on the pier 👍
  • Visited the aquarium with a group of children between ages 3 and 10. Visit was thoroughly enjoyed by all, including adults. Many exhibits are hands on, and accessible for little ones to see and reach. All info was given so children could understand. The enthusiastic employees held everyone's attention. I'm sure we will return many times.

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