Honors and Awards

2017 The Daily Meal names Aquarium Executive Director Julie Packard one of “America’s 50 Most Powerful People in  Food” for our Seafood Watch program
2016 American Institute of Architects honors Aquarium with Twenty-Five Year Award
2016 Smart Meetings honors Aquarium as a Platinum Choice Award Winner
2015 Travel Channel names Aquarium “Best in the West
2014 TripAdvisor® Travelers’ Choice™ awards names us “Best Aquarium in the World”
2014 Parenting places the Aquarium at No. 3 of the “20 Best Places to Take the Kids
2014 Noyce Foundation presents a Bright Lights Community Engagement Award to Watsonville Area Teens Conserving Habitats program
2014 USA Today food columnist recommends Cindy’s Waterfront as a “must” for visitors to the Aquarium
2014 Lonely Planet includes the Aquarium as No. 4 of their “Top 10 must-visit destinations
2013 American Zoo and Aquarium Association awards its Significant Achievement Award to our Sea Otter
Program
2013 American Zoo and Aquarium Association awards its Significant Achievement Award to Watsonville Area
Teens Conserving Habitats program
2012 Cooking Light awards its 25th Anniversary Food Heroes Award to Aquarium Executive Director Julie
Packard for leadership in the sustainable seafood movement through our Seafood Watch program

…and many more honors dating back to our grand opening in 1984.