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June 7, 2013
From journal California's Central Coast
October 4, 2004
The Aquarium is located on the edge of Monterey Bay on the central coast of California in the town of Monterey. The street it sits on is Cannery Row, made famous by the world-renowned author, John Steinbeck. It was formerly the site of a sardine canning factory and now, inside the aquarium, you can see some of the history and equipment they used.
Once inside the aquarium the exhibits are broken up into sections with the downstairs area hosting two fascinating exhibits - Jellies in Art and the newest exhibit, Sharks Myth and Mystery.
The Jellies in Art exhibit has a combination of pieces of art ranging from fabulous hand-blown, glass anemones by Dale Chihuly, to realistic glass jellyfish to abstract paintings interspersed with real life jellies (aka jellyfish).
The Sharks exhibit is really well done. As you walk through the exhibit, you also walk past tanks of sharks and cultural exhibits from various parts of the world and interactive displays such as movies, ancient masks, storytelling, and even shark rubbings and paper hat making for kids. There is something for all ages here, and it is truly a beautiful exhibit of sharks and rays that explores their roles in various cultures and myths and mysteries that surround them.
The main part of the aquarium hosts many types of sea life, with some of my favorites being the giant tuna tank (the outer reef tank), which, as of today, hosts the world’s longest-living great white shark in captivity. She looks just like a mini-Jaws.
I also like the giant rust colored jelly tanks, which are mesmerizing to stand and watch. The otter tank is also a must see to observe these cute and playful creatures frolic about. And last but not least is the large kelp tank that hosts a variety of fish that seem to be suspended, just gently floating, rising and falling with the motion of the waves.
The gift shops at the aquarium are also really neat with something for everyone.
Even the food at the cafe is reasonably priced with many nutritious meals for everyone.
If you haven't been -- GO!!!
From journal Central California Coast Weekend
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
Los Angeles, California
June 26, 2002
They have a great kids' area called "Flippers Flukes and Fun." It offers lots of activities and interaction.
They have an outdoor area where you can look at the Pacific Ocean. If you're lucky, you'll catch a few sea lions sunning themselves and the rocks below and if you're really lucky, you may see a whale or two as they make their way up the coast during their migration.
If you haven't already figured it out, my favorite exhibit is the two-story Otter area. They're so cute and adorable, so playful. I could watch them all day long.
To see more about the Aquarium and to view their Bay Cam, go to: www.mbayaq.org.
From journal Do you know the way to Monterey?
April 1, 2007
From journal Weekend Getaway in Monterey, CA
Cortlandt Manor, New York
March 18, 2007
Rated as one of the top aquariums in the world, Monterey Bay Aquarium delivers on its promise to "inspire conservation of oceans." No matter the age, when people visit the aquarium, their eyes fill with wonder and excitement. We have been back to the aquarium time and time again, each time we visit, there is always something new to experience.A Few Star Exhibits:
Sea Otters - Even though these furry and lively animals do not do "tricks" as in Sea World, they are great fun to watch for kids and adults alike. They especially like to "show-off" by swimming right up next to the windows when they see children.Giant Octopus - Have you ever seen a giant octopus up-close? Here is your opportunity at the aquarium. People surround this exhibit to capture pictures and look in awe at the amazing creature.Outer Bay - I never realized how beautiful jellyfish are until this exhibit opened in 1996. They feature the largest collection of jellyfish in the United States. But not only do they show jellyfish, they also have a gorgeous 1 million gallon tank filled with sea turtles, sharks, tuna, and other outer bay creatures.Splash Zone - For the kids, or the kid in all of us. This section of the aquarium is designed for the little ones to explore and interact with ocean creatures. The biggest hit for everyone-the penguins!Ticket prices vary by age. Adult tickets are $24.95. Child, student, and disabled tickets are also available for purchase at different rates. For more information, please visit www.montereybayaquarium.org.If you go to Monterey Bay, this is a must see!
From journal One Day Monterey Bay Getaway
June 26, 2006
I would say the Aquarium was the highlight in Monterey. It is very well designed and very family friendly. Even though it was quite crowded on the day I visited, I never felt it was overwhelming. First thing to worry about is parking. I parked the car on a meter parking as I knew we would not be able to spend more than 3 hours due to our travel schedule. However, having spent some time there, I wished I had parked the car in a parking structure and spent the entire day at the Aquarium. It is possible for one to buy a ticket and re-enter the park with a stamp on the same day. The Aquarium is open 10am to 6pm and summer hours are 9:30am to 6pm. There are some machines which will give you quarters if you insert $1, or $5 bills, but none of them worked.
I started with the Sea Otters. Make sure you are there for feeding time. The trainers were very good with the Sea Otters. Don't miss the Sharks, Jelly Fish, and especially the Penguins. The Aquarium is very well designed for children. There are amazing interactive displays. I would definitely bring children here. We also had a snack at the Portola Cafe which is inside the Aquarium. It is very high quality food for reasonable prices. Actually a delightful surprise. Usually I am very much turned off by the quality of food service at Aquariums and parks in general. But this was the exemption to the rule. Here is the website; www.montereybayaquarium.org.
From journal LA to San Francisco in 2 Days
April 10, 2006
Wow, what a place! It has a kelp tank, touch pools, and a million-gallon Outer Bay tank that houses sharks, sea turtles, and sun fish. This is the same tank that held the Great White shark they had. She was beautiful!
I highly recommend this place for any and all families. I even like to take dates here. It isn't very expensive for such a great experience. Prices are Adults $21.95, Seniors $19.95, Student with ID $19.95, Children 3-12 $12.95, and children under 3 free. Disabled people can get a $12.95 entrance fee.
If you would like to see more, please go to www.mbayaq.org.
From journal Seaside Afternoon
Redondo Beach, California
September 11, 2005
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is arguably the best aquarium in the U.S. (given I’ve not gone to any aquariums outside the U.S.). I’ve been to some very nice aquariums, including my local Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, but the Monterey Aquarium tops the list. Its primary focus, including the large pelagic tank (home to the recently released – unfortunately, a day or two before our visit – juvenile female great white shark – kudos to the aquarium and veterinary staff for keeping her healthy), is the local Pacific waters.
One particularly nice exhibit for those unfortunate souls who don’t dive was a series of tanks showing what you would hope to see on a dive in the Monterey Bay.
Other exhibits include a gorgeous display of jellies and inspired-by-jellies artwork; the aforementioned pelagic tank was just mesmerizing, as we watched huge tunas and dolphin fish, as well as rays and hammerheads, the ever-popular sea otters, and so many educational stops for obviously gleeful and inspired kids it gives you hope in the future for the environment. They’ve also set up webcams so you can watch some of your favorite tanks/critters.
Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the seafood watch list –-a trifold card to carry in your wallet so you know which fish are environmentally good to eat.
The giftshop is worth a stop because of the huge book selection, ranging from local information, the animals themselves, oceanography, and general environmental texts, as well as the nice selection of shirts, trinkets, postcards/notecards, and more. Profits go to support the aquarium.
From journal Weekend in Monterey
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