Monterey Aquarium, Big Sur
We love Monterey, it has a lot to offer. Great restaurants, good shopping for those of you who enjoy shops, an outstanding aquarium, ocean views, beaches, whale viewing trips, nearby state parks for hiking and enjoying the outdoors, as well as a various small museums. Located in the northern end of the Big Sur country Monterey is worth at least a few days stay. For more information on Monterey and additional Big Sur photos please visit my Monterey VT pages.
The website listed below will take you to information about the Monterey Aquarium.
The Monterey Bay Acquarium is one of the Highlights in walking around Cannery row of Monterey and is an important things to do in the area. It is located near the southern end of Cannery row. It was once one of the famous Sardine Cannery when Monterey was a booming Seafood town but went bust in the 1970's and in 1984, it was restructured and mane into the Monterey Bay Aquarium. This huge aquarium holds thousands of plants and animals, representing 623 separate named species on display mostly of local species of Plants and Sea Animals plus a smattering of foreign species. Their kelp forest is huge and is housed in the largest window pane glass aquarium in the world.
Open every day except Dec. 25
Regular hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Winter: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Summer/holidays: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Summer weekends: 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Ages 18-64 and not in college.
Ages 3-12. Children under 3 are free.
Ages 65 and over.
Ages 13-17 or in college.
According to wikipedia:
The centerpiece of the Ocean's Edge Wing, is a 10 meter (33-foot) high 333,000-US-gallon (1,260,000 l; 277,000 imp gal) tank for viewing California coastal marine life. In this tank, the aquarium was the first in the world to grow live California Giant Kelp. Visitors are able to inspect the creatures of the kelp forest at several levels in the building. The largest tank in the aquarium is a 1,200,000-US-gallon (4,500,000 l; 1,000,000 imp gal) tank in the Open Sea galleries (formerly the Outer Bay), which features one of the world's largest single-paned windows.