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At the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, come see what Heal the Bay’s work is all about: Protecting the animals that call the Bay home. With over 100 local species on exhibit, hands-on activities for small frys, and daily educational programs, SMPA is the perfect place to immerse yourself in marine science without getting your feet wet.
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
1600 Ocean Front Walk
Santa Monica, CA 90401
How to find us
Individuals and groups of 9 or less
Adults and kids 13+: $5 per person
Kids 12 and under: FREE
Groups of 10 or more: $3 per person, regardless of age
2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
12:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Dec. 11: 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. (Closed from 12:30-3:00 p.m. for a private event)
Dec. 24-25: CLOSED
Dec. 26-31: 12:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Jan. 1: CLOSED
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Thursday: Micro-Safari Day
Discover fascinating, minuscule animals with the help of our high-powered ‘scopes.
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Celebrate the subtidal zone with mesmerizing moray eels and the cuddly-looking sea hare.
Kelp can grow up to 2 feet per day and provides vital habitat for our kelpfish, rockfish, and wolf eel.
L.A.’s most colorful stars hang out here, along with hermit crabs, sea urchins, and cucumbers not meant for your salad.
Juvenile fish, anemones, and more live life in the splash lane as a simulated tide rises and falls every 5 minutes.
Embark on water’s journey through L.A.’s urban landscape to the shore in this interactive exhibit.
Meditation time. Watching our moon jellies drift and float takes the sting out of a hectic day.
Get a glimpse of life beneath the Santa Monica Pier. Be sure to double-check the sand: Some of our halibut and rays like to lay low.
Catch our horn and swell sharks cuddling in this open-top exhibit and let us explain why you have nothing to fear.
A rotating cast of the noteworthy critters our dive team finds on their weekly specimen-collecting expeditions.
Six pint-sized tanks house a variety of animals like newborn sharks, tiny tube anemones, and—is it a fish or a rock band?—the sarcastic fringehead.
Can’t quite get your Aquarium fix in one afternoon visit? Here are three ways to hang with us more often.
From field trips to day camps to professional development, our educational programs instill passion for the ocean for all ages.
Our volunteers are the heart of SMPA. Get trained to educate visitors, assist our aquarist staff, and help out at special events.
When you “adopt” one of our animals, the animal stays with us, but your good karma stays with you. Plus, enjoy free visits to the Aquarium for a full year.
Book an Event
Whether you’re planning a child’s birthday party, organizing a staff retreat, or setting up a commercial photo shoot, it’s easy to make a big splash by hosting your event at SMPA.