Monterey Bay Aquarium

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by awc825 on April 1, 2007

I've heard a lot of great things about this aquarium, so as part of the trip to Carmel/Monterey, the aquarium was number 1 on my list of things-to-do.

First impression was that we were in for something special given the length of the line waiting to buy tickets. It was a Saturday so I suppose the line was to be expected, and it lasted for maybe 15 minutes.

The aquarium has a huge collection of jellyfish and some cute otters. The otters were really cute. They floated on the surface with eyes closed, occasionally scratching themselves until feeding time, at which time they're wide awake! They have been trained to perform simple tricks which was interesting to see as I didn't know otters could be trained. A section of the aquarium is directly connected to the Pacific Ocean, which makes it somewhat different from other aquariums I have been to, such as SeaWorld San Diego and Long Beach Aquarium.

There is also a collection of starfish which is interactive in that you can touch and feel them. You can also see seaside birds in an enclosed environments - the birds are used to humans so they were not shy at all and simply carried on with the business.

All in all, this is an interesting aquarium, and I'd recommend it if you like animals in general. You can easily spend at least 2 hours at a minimal.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
886 Cannery Row
Monterey, California, 93940
(831) 648-4888

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