Top 10 Things To Do At The Monterey Bay Aquarium and Photo Gallery
The Monterey Bay Aquarium, opened in 1984, is by far the most popular attraction in Monterey, CA. We were member of this aquarium and enjoyed our multiple visits. However, if you are going to visit the aquarium for only one day, plan your day before coming to the aquarium because there are lots of things to do and see. And be sure to pack a lunch because you do not want to spend it in the long cafeteria lines. Plus, be sure to go early in the morning, especially around Spring Break.
10. Take in the Beautiful Monterey Bay View. You will be drawn to the beautiful scenery from the Aquarium. Visitors can walk to the outside deck of the Aquarium, even on the second story. On the second floor near the penguin exhibit, there is a great telescope where you can view the far shore and rocks.
9. Enjoy the Animal and Ocean Films and Lectures. Right before visiting the Aquarium, you can figure out the times for the different film and lecture schedules. This is a great way for children to learn about the ocean and its sea life.
8. See the Otter and Penguin Exhibits. Be sure not to miss their feeding time. The otters are especially playful, and the penguins are impressive and pretty large.
7. Visit Beautiful Coral and Amoeba Exhibits. The colors are spectacular. There are exhibits to show their interaction with currents. What is amazing about Monterey Bay Aquarium is that all of the tanks are interconnected, and there is fresh sea water pumped into and out of the tanks. I especially enjoyed seeing the eels.
6. See the Schools of Fish Tanks. Whether it is an entire room or a larger aquarium, it is amazing to see schools of fish swim. My favorites are the anchovies and sardines.
5. Participate in the Hand-On Activities. Whether you are young or young at heart, everyone loves the touch pools. You can touch starfish, abalone shells, sponges, shellfish, coral, sponges, and other sea life. There are two touch pools, and there are a number of stations where curators will show you up close different sea life, such as the sack where baby sharks grow or microscopic organisms. There is even a good size pool with a number of sea rays. We were lucky enough to touch them. For children, there is pretend touch play area as well as other play areas connected to exhibits.
4. See the Jellyfish Exhibit. Everyone talks about them. They range in all sizes and some glow in the dark, like aliens.
3. See the New Giant Pacific Octopus Exhibit. Who does not want to see two 11-pound octopuses?
2. See the Large Open Sea Tank and the Giant Kelp Forest Aquarium. The Kelp Forest is one of the largest aquarium in the world. There are plenty of sitting areas in both aquariums because you don’t want to rush. I really enjoyed the Open Sea Tank that has a 90-foot window, where you see sharks, turtles, and schools of tuna swim in this simulated deep blue ocean.
1. See the Seahorse Exhibit. It is just amazing to see the number of tanks full of seahorses. They come in various species and color. This is the most crowded exhibit, and everybody wants to take pictures. Be sure you turn off your flash; otherwise, you will capture on the reflection of the fishtanks. You can see a photo gallery at The Beauty of Seahorses.