One Day Monterey Bay Getaway

In a one day getaway, you can visit Monterey Bay and leave feeling refreshed.


Monterey Bay Aquarium

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by 2go4fun on 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!

Monterey Bay Aquarium
886 Cannery Row
Monterey, California, 93940
(831) 648-4888

Monterey Bay Ocean Kayaking

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by 2go4fun on March 18, 2007

One of the best and uncrowded ways to see Monterey Bay is on a kayak. At sea level, I love enjoying the close view of sea otters, birds, sea lions, and other marine life. My favorite memories of kayaking? Watching the sea otter pups playing and sleeping with their mothers. What a view!

The first time I went ocean kayaking, I was intimidated. But Monterey Bay Kayaks (www.montereybaykayaks.com) gave a thorough on-land lesson. They provided the wet suits and life jackets with their kayak rentals. We found that unlike their competitors, they rent out their kayaks, per day, not by the hour. They also have parking in front of their building, a definite plus. A little less intimidated after the lesson, my husband and I headed out in our open-deck double kayak. We easily moved pass the surf and out into the bay. Immediately I realized that the sea was calm and serene! Soon, we saw sea lions and sea otters wrapped in kelp. Before we knew it, we were kayaking for 2.5 hours. We have kayaked in Monterey Bay many times since.

If you want a little bit of adventure, mixed in with relaxation and an amazing view, this is definitely worth the try. But here are some hints:

Go between mid-spring to early-fall, when the weather is nice and the water is not as choppy.

Bring a bathing suit or swim trunks. If you bring any electronics, such as cell phones, be sure to put them in water resistant containers.

As a warning, your cameras may get wet!

Yield to the boats that share the Bay with you.

Keep at least 50 feet away from the marine animals. It is against the law to be any closer; coast guards are always on the lookout!

If you have to rent, use Monterey Bay Kayaks (www.montereybaykayaks.com). I have no incentives for plugging them, but they are really the best deal and most convenient kayak rental store in Monterey. It is great to be able to park at the rental facility, which is also where you start kayaking. Other companies are not on-site of where you start kayaking. Monterey Bay Kayaks have a changing area and free hot chocolate right after you come back from your trip!

Don't let any of the hints scare you from trying ocean kayaking in Monterey Bay. It is relaxing, adventurous, and fun all mixed into one activity!
Monterey Bay Kayaks
693 Del Monte Avenue at Fisherman's Wharf
Monterey, California, 93940
800 649 5357

Rip Squeak

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by 2go4fun on March 19, 2007

There seems to be more art galleries in the Monterey Bay area than Starbucks! So I understand if you cannot visit each and every one of them. But for anyone who loves children's stories and beautiful storybook artwork, the Rip Squeak gallery is definitely a place to visit. The gallery features artwork and books based on the Rip Squeak children's book series.

My 3-year old son and I were immediately drawn into the store when we saw the amazing artwork in the front of the store. He fell in love with the characters on display, and I fell in love with the detailed artwork.

This gallery is a lot of fun to browse through. It also has a great balance between child-friendliness and adult appreciation for the arts. This location also features storytime for the kids.

If you love art and love children's storybooks, this is a definite place to stop by. Their phone number is: 831-643-9999.
Rip Squeak
751 Cannery Row, Suite 101
Monterey, California, 93940
(831) 643-9999

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