Annual Community Open House Offers Free Admission for Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito County Residents

Nov 28, 2016

Let the Monterey Bay Aquarium treat you this holiday season. Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito County residents receive free aquarium admission between Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 11 during its annual Community Open House.

Free admission for locals is an annual thank you to the community for its support of the non-profit aquarium. Admission is valid for all aquarium exhibits and programs, including the newest special exhibition, “¡Viva Baja! Life on the Edge,” as well as bilingual feeding shows in the Kelp Forest exhibit on Sundays December 4 and 11.

Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito County residents must present photo ID and proof of current residence at the main entrance to receive free admission. Current student identification from any university or community college located within these counties, utility bills or Monterey-Salinas Transit, Santa Cruz Metro and San Benito County Express monthly bus passes are also valid proof of residence. Free admission is valid during aquarium hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Guests from outside Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito County – including relatives or friends of local residents – can accompany local residents but will be charged regular admission fees.

Community Open House is made possible in part by the support of the aquarium’s Business Partners.


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The mission of the nonprofit Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the ocean.