The Monterey Bay Aquarium kicks off its 30th anniversary year with a gift to its neighbors – free admission to all residents of Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties between February 3 and 9, 2014.

The “Community Week” celebration is a thank you to local residents for their support of the non-profit aquarium, which opened its doors on October 20, 1984.

This special 30th anniversary community week will be in addition to the aquarium’s annual community open house week in December 2014, and admission during both will be extended to residents of all three counties.

To receive free admission, residents of Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties must present a photo ID and proof of residence at the main entrance. Current student identification from colleges and universities in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties, and current utility bills showing residence in one of those counties, are also valid proof of residence.

Free admission is good only during regular aquarium hours, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Guests from outside the tri-county area – including relatives or friends of local residents – can accompany local residents but will be charged regular admission fees.

For general aquarium information including daily program schedules, visit the aquarium website, or call (831) 648-4800. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is located at 886 Cannery Row in Monterey. Its mission is to inspire conservation of the oceans.