Save Money with Free Monterey Bay Aquarium Parking!
You’ve paid quite a bit of cash for your Monterey Bay Aquarium tickets only to find out there isn’t a free dedicated aquarium parking lot.
There isn’t even validated parking! My goodness, visiting Monterey isn’t cheap so you have to save money anywhere you can.
If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, check and see if you can score:
Monterey Bay Aquarium Tickets for FREE!
Parking in the Cannery Row Parking Garage will run you $1.50 per half-hour. So spending 3 hours at the Monterey Aquarium plus an hour lunch will run you $9 (the first hour is free). That’s a bowl of the best clam chowder in Monterey! Which by the way can be had on Fishermans Wharf at The Grotto.
Free Parking and a Short Scenic Walk to the Monterey Aquarium!
Take Wave Street which becomes Ocean View Blvd. You’ll pass the aquarium on your right side and the Tin Cannery Mall on your left.
Drive just a couple of minutes.
There will be FREE all day street parking after the parking signs end.
The walk to the Monterey Aquarium is mere 5-7 minutes on the recreational trail. The coastal views, the fresh air, wildlife spotting of seals, sea otters, sea lions + more and a little bit of exercise are the perfect pre-show to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
You’ll also get to see the harbor seals on the beach next to the Hopkins Marine Lab pictured below.
A great way to start your aquarium trip as you’ll get to see first hand Monterey Bay wildlife in their natural habitat!
Peak season during the Summer months will be overly crowded.
For your best Monterey Aquarium experience, make plans to be at the aquarium right when it opens (usually 9:30am).
Being there early will almost guarantee a spot in the FREE parking on Ocean View Blvd, and even if you’re not early, you still may be able to grab a spot a tad further down. Happy Saving to you!
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Thanks for sharing your thoughts on free parking monterey bay aquarium.
the free parking info…..spot on…an awesome walk to the aquarium and free parking…thank you
Carol Randall says
You’ve given us savings tips and destinations we never found on our own in more than 10 visits to Monterey! Thank you!
January 26th, 2015 at 9:37 pm
THANK YOU Carol!!!
Many thanks for the parking tips! It really worked great (even during the weekend). Also the walk is indeed very enjoyable.
January 31st, 2022 at 8:42 pm
Awesome to hear!
Juliet Dwyer says
That parking worked ! Perfect
January 31st, 2022 at 8:42 pm
Glad you were able to find good parking! Hope you had a good time =)