To show appreciation for our local community, we offer a variety of special promotions to residents of Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties (valid identification required). All offers are valid on site only. Guests of local tri-county residents must pay regular admission prices.

Upcoming 2017 Events

Community Open House

Dec. 2–10

Tri-county residents enjoy free admission during our annual Community Open House and we'll be offering bilingual programs on the weekends. Visitors must present a photo ID (student IDs also accepted) or proof of residence, such as a current utility bill, at the Main Entrance.

Fall Fridays


Visit the Aquarium on Fridays from September through December (excluding holiday weekends) and set the tone for the weekend. Arrive at 3 p.m. or later to explore the Aquarium at your leisure and enjoy the sunset from our decks. Locals save $10 on each general admission.

Membership Extra

Aquarium members enjoy free admission and other benefits all year long. Join during any of the above Locals Only days and receive an extra two months on an annual membership. Visit the Membership and Tours Center for more information and to become a member.

Past Events

An Ocean of Opportunity

Mar. 24 (7–10 p.m.)

Attention young professionals! Join us for this special event and enjoy food, wine and select exhibits while learning about conservation issues. Network with other young adults who want to get involved with the Aquarium. Tickets are $15 for general public, $12 for members. Advance tickets are required and space is limited. Ages 21 and up.

Evenings by the Bay

July 1–Sept. 2 (weekend schedule varies)

Start your weekends early this summer and enjoy reduced admission prices, live music and amazing food! Join us from 6 to 8 p.m. on Fridays between July 7 and 28 and on Saturdays between July 1 and September 2. Locals pay special admission prices of $25 per adult (including seniors and students) and $15 per child after 6 p.m. Learn more

Summer Sundays

July 2–Sept. 3

We invite locals to spend Sunday afternoons with us. Arrive at 2 p.m. or later and save $10 on each general admission. You can enjoy summer programs like the historical Turning the Tide, plus all the rest the Aquarium has to offer, until closing at 6 p.m.