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August 25, 2011
From journal Girlfriends in San Francisco
by Big bear, Little penguin
Chino Hills, California
June 3, 2008
From journal Monterey
April 1, 2007
From journal Weekend Getaway in Monterey, CA
February 2, 2007
From journal Monterey Bay/Carmel by-the Sea
San Francisco, California
January 15, 2007
From journal Weekend in Monterey
October 17, 2006
It costs around 20 bucks, and you can spend a good 2 or 3 hours inside just looking at the wonderful marine life. Get a visitor's guide in the front so you can catch otter- or penguin-feeding time. (On a side note, in case you DO have kids, the Monterey Aquarium has the feedings on webcam. You can get the kids excited a few days earlier by showing them this!)
You can also rent out scuba gear and they will take you on a short snorkeling lesson. It was a bit pricey, though, so we passed and were able to enjoy ourselves just fine.
There are a few stations where you can actually touch a stingray or a starfish or an urchin!This is a great place for kids, but aren't we all kids at heart? I'd definitely go again, and you should too!
From journal Weekend in Monterey
December 19, 2002
From journal monterey - Steinbeck country
New York, New York
August 28, 2005
Rarely seen jellyfish were eerily floating in large wall-mounted aquariums,
suspended in a way that was haunting and memorable. There were also towering
three-story aquariums that allowed all of us to see the sea turtles, sharks,
and barracudas as if we were diving with them. Sea otters were putting on a
show for the children in a two-story exhibit. There was also a splash zone
where the water would come in waves on glass ceilings above our heads.
From journal Doing the Bay the Right Way
May 7, 2004
We found the sea otters to be our favorites. Watch them eat ice. It's adorable! Also, when you venture in, there is a rectangular box further down the hall that houses little itty-bitty sea creatures. There is usually a volunteer standing there, in our case a fascinating woman. She knew so much about these creatures and showed us so many things we didn't even realize were alive. We could've watched and listened to her all day. Ask her some questions and have her point out the various sponges, coral, etc. You, too, will be left in awe.
From journal Great Budget Accommodations
Long Beach, California
January 22, 2002
1. Get up and get there at 10 a.m. when the aquarium opens, if you can. At 11 .a.m. on a Monday, the halls were populated. By 12:30 p.m. they had crossed over into "crowded" which is not nearly so pleasant.
2. The aquarium is currently renovating its restaurant, the Portola Cafe. Consequently, the food is temporarily next to the sea otter exhibit. This locale is fun but makes conversation a challenge. The aquarium allows "ins and outs" as long as you get your hand stamped; remember that if you need lunch, you have options fewer than 25 yards out the door of the aquarium.
3. The gift and bookstore sells handmade items by indigenous peoples. Some percentage of the profit goes to the artists so that they do not have to "mine" animals in the ocean where they live. While I find the whole first world/third world paradigm troubling, I would rather buy interesting household goods in the hopes that I was contributing to seahorse conservation than...not.
From journal Bed and Breakfast and Penguins on the Monterey Peninsula