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Temporary Suspension of Public Programs Notice:
To do our part in reducing the spread of COVID-19, Heal the Bay is following guidelines from the Los Angeles County Department of Health and suspending all public programs, including programming at the Aquarium. Heal the Bay Aquarium is closed and all public activities are suspended through April 30, 2020 or until further notice to accommodate social distancing and help reduce the transmission of COVID-19.
Suspended public programs include: Speakers Bureau, Beach Cleanups (Nothin’ But Sand, Suits on the Sand & Adopt-A-Beach), Angler Outreach Program, Wednesday Volunteers, Marine Protected Area Watch as well as Heal the Bay Aquarium (Birthday Parties, Field Trips, public hours & special events).
We plan to re-open our Aquarium to the public on May 1, 2020, and will provide updates as new information becomes available. Our Aquarium staff will remain working at our facility to provide care for the animals and conduct maintenance. Heal the Bay staff will work remotely and in the main office during this time.
For the health and well-being of all, please take proper precautions to limit the spread of illness. Please follow these guidelines:
- Please stay home if you feel sick and/or have a fever, cough or shortness of breath.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. (If a tissue is unavailable, use your upper sleeve or inside your bent elbow.)
- Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Make frequent use of hand sanitizer if available.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Follow all directives and guidelines by your health care provider.
- Get a flu shot to prevent influenza if you have not done so this season.
For more information, visit Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and view the LA Mayor’s Directive about COVID-19 LA City Guidelines.
If you have any questions, please Contact Us.
Heal the Bay Aquarium
at the Santa Monica Pier
1600 Ocean Front Walk
Santa Monica, CA 90401
How to find us
Adults and kids 13+: $7
California locals discount (with ID): $5
Kids 12 and under: FREE
Groups of 10+
California locals discount (with ID): $3 each
Under the Santa Monica Pier, 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, our award-winning Heal the Bay Aquarium is the perfect place to immerse yourself in marine science without getting your feet wet.
Plus, you can visit our Gift Shop for zero-waste goodies, novelty plushies, green travel items, limited edition Heal the Bay gear, and more!
What's Going On?
CANCELLED: Sunday at the Aquarium: Shark Presentations
Meet the locals! Explore unique and critically important marine animals, habitats and environmental issues without getting your feet wet. Feast on a little Shark Sunday knowledge while our horn and swell sharks chow down at 3:30pm.
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Even though it's small in size, this animal is super smart and can blend in very well to their surroundings.
L.A.’s most colorful stars hang out here, along with hermit crabs, sea urchins, and cucumbers not meant for your salad.
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.
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 school field trips to camps to professional development for teachers, our educational programs instill passion for the ocean for all ages.
Aquarium volunteers support public programs by interpreting at touch tanks, ensuring the success of private events and attending outreach events all over L.A.
When you “adopt” one of the animals, the animal stays with us, but your good karma stays with you. Plus, enjoy free visits to the Aquarium for a full year.
Host a Birthday Party
Planning a birthday party? It’s easy to make a big splash at Heal the Bay Aquarium — choose from one of our many themed party packages and enjoy a zero-waste event. If you’re organizing a staff retreat, setting up a photo shoot, or planning an event — we offer event rentals, too.