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Monterey Bay Aquarium Admission
"Your all-day admission ticket grants you access to all of Monterey Bay Aquarium’s exhibits. Live programming throughout the day includes Kelp Forest and Open Sea exhibit feeding shows sea otter and penguin feedings and auditorium programs such as Mysteries of the Deep and Luna: A Sea Otter's Story.""""Dive into an underwater world of mystery beauty and awe at the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium perched on the edge of the stunning California coastline. With your all-day admission ticket
From $50.00
 
Monterey & Carmel Explorer Tour
"The Monterey & Carmel Explorer Tour will take you along California's Pacific Coast on your way to historic Monterey & picturesque Carmel-by-the-Sea along with a drive through Pacific Grove in between. Monterey Bay has great geologic and b which borders 276 miles of California’s spectacular coastline. Monterey Bay was the site of the first Europeans to visit the land that became California. Several waves of industrial scale whaling and fishing exploited the bounty of the huge undersea tren California Highway 1 (fog permitting). After an optional stop in Santa Cruz a rest break and optional photo stops along the way you will set foot on Monterey’s famous Cannery Row for a chance to stroll among the shops and grab a fresh seafood lunch. If you bring your own lunch you might be able to squeeze in a short trip to the world famous Monterey Aquarium (admission not included). After lunch
From $140.00
 
Monterey And Carmel-by-the-Sea Day Private Tour from San Francisco
"Escape the big city for a trip along the beautiful Monterey Peninsula via the Pacific Coast Highway. Enjoy stunning seascape views the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium and Steinbeck's Cannery Row as you cruise the famous 17-Mile Drive heading to the coastal town of Carmel-by-the-Sea.Stop at historic Cannery Row—John Steinbeck’s novel of the same name takes place on this street during the Great Depression—for a 000 strange and colorful underwater creatures from playful sea otters and turtles to powerful sharks and the rare and massive ocean sunfish.Cruise along the scenic and celebrated 17-Mile Drive home to the world-renowned Pebble Beach Golf Course. Admire the Lone Cypress—this postcard-worthy tree stands on a rugged granite outpost amid the waves—and scope out the area’s magnificent mansions with their sweeping coastal views. Stop along the way t head to enchanting Carmel-by-the-Sea
From $1,100.00

Monterey Bay Aquarium Tips (58)

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Recognized as one of the best aquarium's in the US. This is a must see on any visit to Monterey. The Aquarium sits bayside with both indoor and outdoor exhibits. right outside the door is the natural habitat of the creatures inside.

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Jim_Eliason
Feb 06, 2016

Humpback Whale Watching

Whale watching is quite the past time for locals in the Monterrey area. There have been a record number of humpback whales spotted in Monterey Bay this fall. From the back deck of the Aquarium guests have seen humpbacks breaching, spouting and feeding. Monterey Bay attracts whales year-round, including humpbacks that visit from April to December every year.

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JulieJueletha
Dec 04, 2013

The Splash Zone

The Splash Zone in the Monterey Bay Aquarium has dozens of exhibits in English and Spanish that kids, adults and groups can see, play with and learn from. Toddler and older kid groups,

African blackfooted penguins are not found in ice and snow as you might think when you think of penguins, but these penguins are found in cold currents running along the coast of South Africa. They zoom through the water chasing down schools of anchovy and other small fishes and can stay underwater for up to eight minutes. I've heard they can swim at amazing speeds, don't remember exactly what the speed was, but I can tell you they zip and dive very quickly in the water, unlike their waddling on land. They can be seen on land on the roof of the museum and underwater in the tanks below.

There is a long, shallow tank (40 ft) in this area, filled with kelp and animals that live in the kelp. Kids can reach in and touch the kelp and sea stars, abalones, sea urchins, and kelp crabs that live there.

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JulieJueletha
Dec 04, 2013

Full of Monterey Bay Sea Flora and Fauna 2

Part two of my Aquarium tips with more pictures in and inside the Monterey Bay 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.

Hours:

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.

Adult Admission

Ages 18-64 and not in college.

$32.95
Child Admission

Ages 3-12. Children under 3 are free.

$19.95
Senior Admission

Ages 65 and over.

$29.95
Student Admission

Ages 13-17 or in college.

$29.95

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.

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machomikemd
May 04, 2012
 
 
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Full of Monterey Bay Sea Flora and Fauna 1

this will be a two part tip with more pictures in and inside the Monterey Bay 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.

Hours:

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.

Adult Admission

Ages 18-64 and not in college.


$32.95
Child Admission

Ages 3-12. Children under 3 are free.


$19.95
Senior Admission

Ages 65 and over.


$29.95
Student Admission

Ages 13-17 or in college.


$29.95

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.

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machomikemd
May 04, 2012

Monterey Bay Aquarium

This Aquarium is housed in an old historic cannery building. We didn't arrive until noon, so we ate lunch in the Aquarium's Portola Cafe. We were pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food. We ordered a tasty clam chowder and delicious raw oysters. This was an outstanding aquarium. There is a large variety of fish, a kelp forest tank, blackfooted penguins, otters, a sea turtle, jellyfish, shore birds, and a little bird I particularly liked, that I believe was called a common Murre. This was a little diving bird that reminded me of a little penguin. There were also many other exhibits to see and short programs to listen to. There is also a touch pool that both children and adults will enjoy. The Aquarium is open 9:30 - 6:00 summers and holidays, and 10:00 - 6:00 the rest of the year. Don't go too late in the day. I would allow for at least three hours to explore this aquarium.

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KimberlyAnn
Jan 15, 2012

Monterey Aquarium

Did the Carmel Monterey trip. We loved Carmel and the little town of carmel by the sea. It so happened the day we were there it was Concours on the avenue. Exceptional cars and fabulous restaurants.

At at AW shucks clam chowder was divine. The oysters were really fresh and fish tacos were divine. Oh and the Bloody marys' are awesome.

Also at at the Clint Eastwoods Hogs Breath Inn, Nice service but the food was a little out dated and nothing special. i wouldn't eat there again. I had the Lobster shrimp special sauteed in Butter garlic My husband had the Prime rib, his was better.

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leesa808
Aug 17, 2011

Before My Time

We lived in California when I was little, but we moved from here in 1966 when I was three before this aquarium existed. At least one cannery was still operating at that time. The Monterey Bay Aquarium wasn't started until 14 years later.

I took my daughter and her friend on a whirlwind trip of the state that included this aquarium My husband is an aquarium fanatic, so I have been to a lot of aquariums with him. This was the best one I have ever been to. The shows were spaced out and the traffic was regulated well so everyone coul see everything.

The Kelp Forest exhibit holds approximately one-third of a million gallons or 1,268,109 liters. Montery was the first aquarium in the world to exhibit a living kelp forest.

Adult Admission Ages 18-64 and not in college. $29.95
Child Admission Ages 3-12. Children under 3 are free. $19.95
Senior Admission Ages 65 and over. $27.95
Student Admission Ages 13-17 or in college.$27.95

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DEBBBEDB
Jul 29, 2011

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Excellent way to spend the day

We spent one morning at the aquarium in Monterey. It was very informative and the jellyfish exhibt was awesome. There are large decks that extend the length of the back of the aquarium that lookout over the ocean.

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cmimmel
Feb 14, 2011

Catch the Sea Otters at play

We had a fun afternoon at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

They have some lovely sea creatures here, especially the sea otters. There are some really huge tanks and so you get a chance to see big fish, sharks and rays swimming around. The kelp tank is good and is well worth plannng your time to get to see one of the Kelp Forest Feeding talks by one of the keepers. They have a diver in the tank, who helps out in the talk.

It's not cheap to get into the aquarium, so give yourselves enough time to get your monies worth out of the visit. We were virtually the last people to leave.

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vichatherly
Jul 31, 2010

Enjoy the Experience

Try to avoid the aquarium on a crowded day, it definitely changes your experience in a less than positive way. If you can't, it is still worth a visit if you are in Monterey. Tickets can be a little pricey, but they are for a good cause and you get to see and learn a lot. In my opinion, the best parts of the aquarium are the sea otters and the jelly fish, but there are other awesome things there as well.
There is a large section for kids to play. There is an outdoor section that is pretty awesome. Bring a sweater because it can get windy outside, but it is worth getting a chill because of the opportunity to view wildlife. While I was there this past visit, I was able to see at least 2 seals and 2 sea otters.
Tickets can be pricey, but if you are a member of AAA, you may be able to get $3 off. If you have the time and are trusting enough to do so, you can also find tickets on craigslist. It is better to buy your tickets in advance because the ticket line can get long.

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SJTravel
Jun 02, 2010

Day at the Aquarium

This is one of the best aquariums I've ever been to. Its different compared to Sea World, because the aquarium's focus is exhibits, rather than trained animal shows. Most of the exhibits center around sea life local to the Monterey and Northern California coast areas. They have sea otters, of course, and you can see them being fed during several regularly scheduled "feedings" that they do during the day. Other things to see include sharks, jelly fish, birds (albatross), kelp forests, and penguins just to name a few. We enjoyed the "hands on" area in which you get to touch various creatures in a tide-pool like setting.

One of the more interesting things we say during our trip was an exhibit called "The Secret Lives of Seahorses". It featured many different kinds of seahorses, including one species that looked like a swimming plant! (see my pictures attached to this tip).

The jellyfish seemed to glow in the dark, and some looked like miniature amusement park signs complete with "tracer lights".

If you come to Monterey, don't miss this attraction. Its good for all ages, but especially for children - they'll love it.

In the evening for the hour or two before closing, there was a jazz band playing on the day we visited.

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kellinwood
Nov 28, 2009

Things to Do Near Monterey Bay Aquarium

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Monterey Bay Aquarium

Carmel By The Sea is just Beside it's Larger Neighbor, Monterey and The Monterey Bay Acquarium is one of the Highlights in walking around Cannery row of Monterey and is an important things to do in...
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Cannery Row

Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail runs along what use to be old Southern Pacific railroad tracks that serviced Cannery Row. Lots of folks including ourselves walking along and enjoying the sights...
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Lovers' Point

Not as famous as 17 mile drive but free and almost as scenic is Sunset drive that winds by the coast through Pacific Grove eventually leading back to Monterey by Cannery row. This is rugged California...
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Lovers Point

Pacific Grove stretches 4.4 miles along the shore from Monterey. There are some amazing walking trails with benches that sit on the end of the embankment to enjoy the fantastic views. There are many...
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Whale Watching

We had such an outstanding trip with the Monterey Bay Whale Watch! Our trip lasted for 3 hours and the boat ride alone was fun, not to mention the whale! And did we see whales! Besure to read about...
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Maritime Museum

I noticed a show Trancendental Visions are the website. It turned out to be a Day of the Dead show. Then I realized that the show was a virtual show. Pretty cool! I thought this kind of stuff only...
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Getting to Monterey Bay Aquarium

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886 Cannery Row,

Hours

  • Sunday 10:00 to 17:00
  • Monday 10:00 to 17:00
  • Tuesday 10:00 to 17:00
  • Wednesday 10:00 to 17:00
  • Thursday 10:00 to 17:00
  • Friday 10:00 to 17:00
  • Saturday 10:00 to 17:00

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