The main reason people visit Monterey is for the absolutely incredible Monterey Bay Aquarium. I’m willing to go ahead and say its the most amazing aquarium ever. It’s housed in an old sardine cannery & circulates ocean water through thanks to its amazing location right on the water. They have a huge assortment of sea animals. So many, in fact, that this post is spread out over two weeks. There are over 400 employees and thousands of volunteers that work at the Monterey Bay Aquarium to not only keep it running, but also to study & learn about our sea life.
As you walk into the first set of exhibits in the aquarium, you pass the 28-foot-high, 333,000 gallon aquarium, designed to grow the Giant California Kelp. It is breath taking. I could just sit the and water the under water scene all day. It was the first aquarium of its kind. This Living Kelp Forest is the first in the world. It was designed with an open top in order to maximize its exposure to sunlight.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is open 10am-5pm everyday. Adult tickets are $50 and kids are $30. It is pricey, but so worth it! If you live in the area or if you think you might visit more than once, go for the membership. It’s so worth it and you will definitely want to come back! Plan your visit carefully as during the summertime it is wall to wall packed with visitors and during the school year school field trips visit on a regular basis. It is located at 886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940. Parking is pay lots only and they can fill up! Visit their website at http://www.montereybayaquarium.org.
These sea anemones are so bright & colorful!
I found Dory!
One of the most amazing sights to see are the tanks full of jelly fish. Now, I don’t want to swim into any of these bad boys in the wild, but they are simply stunning to look at up close.
How cute are these tiny jellyfish!?!