Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey

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Located on the site of a former sardine cannery on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, Monterey Bay Aquarium features an 8.5 m (28 ft) viewing tank that was the first in the world to grow giant kelp. The aquarium also holds thousands of plants and animals representing more than 600 different species. You can inspect the creatures of the kelp forest from several levels in the building. Visit the largest tank in the aquarium--with one of the biggest single-paned windows in the world--for a rare chance to observe a population of ocean sunfish in captivity. Other highlights include exhibits of stingrays, bluefin tuna, jellyfish, and sea otters, viewable from above and below the waterline. For Monterey Bay Aquarium and beyond, use our Monterey driving holiday planner to get the most from your Monterey vacation.
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  • We had a great day at the aquarium !! We did a class on Sea Otters ... the volunteer was so knowledgeable and friendly. We had a small group ... so it was almost like a private tour. We would love to ...  more »
  • Definitely very varied, since it is huge perhaps as they had known it me both I expected more since the Long Beach which I went 2 times is soooo well also, that Yes, you cannot compare the outline in which is this Aquarium is awesome the Fund with the sea , the Bay and the boats, kayaks, seagulls, etc. The price seemed a little high but I understand that it serves to keep the aquarium as marine species. In the last level has an area for children and below a very nice Dome to which every 2 minutes more or less Strip water as if you were in a wave, the jellyfish of my favorite section always!
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  • Love this place !!! my grandkids enjoy it. I try to bring them a couple times a year every time we come it's a different experience. There's a lot of educational areas now inside the aquarium which is...  more »
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  • Great place. But way overpriced for want you get. I would not consider this place as one of the best aquariums. San Francisco Bay Aquarium has more to see and is more compact. Academy of Science has more to see and more entertainment. $30 per adult and $15 per child would be a perfect rate for it. $50 for adult and $30 for a child is the current rate. It is not about money is just about value.
  • I absolutely love everything about this place. My favorite part of it was The Open Ocean. It’s very peaceful. The food maybe a little pricey. But I couldn’t really say no to their Mac n Cheese. All the employees were super friendly and helpful. Everything was great. It’s great for people of all ages. Can’t wait to come back again soon.
  • A great place to go with the family, with kids or even by yourself. Always find something new to learn and to see even if you've been there many times. Went three days in the row and even though we 'saw' everything I discovered new things every time. The staff and volunteers were wonderful and very helpful and knowledgeable. The cafeteria is great and has some great options. Water bottle refill stations were a life saver. Can't wait to go back
  • This place is a once in a lifetime must do. The price to get in is high but WELL worth it. Even on a busy summer weekend it is simply an amazing place. Great for all ages! Each exhibit has its own feel and i just wanted to stand and look at them for hours. Who knew that watching fish could be so relaxing!?!
  • The Monterey Bay Aquarium puts nearly every other aquarium you'll go to to shame. This is incredible area that has natural and captive sea life. If you go outside onto the observation deck you can see all the natural wild sea life that lives in Monterey Bay. Standing out there we saw dolphins, sea otters, seals, Pelicans, and many other wild birds. It is really a remarkable place. The inside of the aquarium is very amazing but do not expect to see a large shark tank. I do not believe they had any sharks over 4 feet long, and most of those were the leopard sharks. The large aquarium is something to behold as it is so large it's hard to really grasp its size. If you are in the Monterey Bay Area or even the San Francisco Bay Area, it is really worth the trip to see this Aquarium.

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Munras Avenue and the adjoining side streets have the greatest choice of places to stay in Monterey, ranging from upscale hotels to atmospheric and old-fashioned bed and breakfasts. It's certainly possible to find budget-friendly options in town, with a good number of guesthouses and simple hotels available along Munras. You'll also find some hotels along Cannery Row to the north.
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