Monterey Bay Aquarium

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by modernist on 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;

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

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