A lesser known gem of Santa Monica...head under the pier to find Heal the Bay's Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. Home to sea creatures and plants with relatives in the Santa Monica Bay, this is a very small, but very fun aquarium that will delight your toddler (and maybe even you!). Kids are able to get up close to jellyfish, octopus, sharks, fish, and all the touch tank delights. One of our favorites is the eel tank. There is also an area with a microscope to check some things out, a craft-of-the-day, and a puppet theatre for kids to put on a show about their favorite marine life.
This aquarium also has classes for little ones (sign up early, they fill up fast!) and is available for birthday parties.
On the beach level at the Santa Monica pier, directly under the carousel.
Tues.-Fri. 2:00-5:00 PM
Weekends 12:30-5:00 PM
Occasionally closed for private events. Call before visitiing to verify hours.
12 and under: FREE
13 and up: suggested donation $5 or a minimum entry fee of $3