All Monterey County residents receive free admission
to the Aquarium during Community Week,
which is December 3rd-11th.
Shelf to Shore passes
are available now and will be valid through May 26, 2017,
except for holidays, Christmas & Spring Break weeks
and specific dates listed below.
Monterey Bay Aquarium and MCFL Offer
Aquarium Access for
Eligible adults (18 years of age and older) can receive one free pass to the
Aquarium per program year from Monterey County Free Libraries. One
pass admits up to six (6) family members for a one-time visit.
Note: All Monterey County residents receive free admission
to the Aquarium during Community Week, which is December 3rd -11th,
What is it?
The Shelf to Shore
program was created for families
who otherwise cannot afford to
visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium.ibraries
to distribute one free pass per year to eligible adult residents of
Monterey County. Salinas Public
Library and Watsonville Public Library provide free passes to eligible
adults living within their communities.
The Aquarium partners locally
with Monterey County Free
Who is Eligible for a pass? You must meet all of the following
Qualify as low-income* (described below).
adult (18 years of age or older).
Show proof that
you are a current resident
Have a valid Monterey County Free
The library is required to verify that you are a resident of
Monterey County, an adult 18 years of age or older, and have a valid
Monterey County Free Libraries card. The library
does not ask for proof of low-income.
Note: Shelf-to-Shore passes are to be used for family visits to the
Aquarium only. For example, adult chaperones on school field trips
cannot use Shelf-to-Shore passes for free admission.
What qualifies as low-income*? Low-income is defined by the Aquarium for this program as enrollment
in the Free School Lunch Program, WIC/SNAP, Meals on Wheels, Medi-Cal,
Healthy Families, Healthy Kids, or similar services. Proof of
low-income eligibility is based on the honor system.
How do I get a pass? If you
are eligible, visit your local branch of Monterey County Free
Libraries to request a pass. Eligible adults may obtain one free
pass to the Aquarium once a program year from Monterey County Free
Libraries. One pass admits up to six (6) family members for a one-time
Shelf to Shore passes are available at all
MCFL branches: Aromas, Big Sur, Bradley, Buena Vista, Carmel Valley, Castroville, Gonzales, Greenfield, King City, Marina, Pajaro, Prunedale, San Ardo, Seaside and Soledad, and bookmobiles in North County and South County.
MCFL can only give out passes to Monterey County residents. Please bring your library card with you when requesting
a pass. If you don’t have a library card, please bring some current ID showing your residential address so you can apply for a library card.
Can I use the pass anytime in the year
Passes are not valid on the following
dates: October 16; November
24-27; December 3-11, 26-31 2016;
January 1, 14-16; February 18-20; April
8-23 and 30, 2017.
learn more about ocean life and conservation.
Please call your local
MCFL branch for more information.