Monterey Bay Aquarium
Built in 1984, the
highly acclaimed Monterey Bay Aquarium is a masterpiece of science and
nature. You can feel at one with ocean wildlife, without getting your
Many of the
exhibits at Monterey Bay Aquarium are changed or updated on a regular
basis, so there is always something new and exciting to do. No trip to
Carmel or Monterey is complete without a visit to the aquarium.
Located on Cannery
Row in Monterey, Monterey Bay Aquarium was built to resemble the cannery
buildings that once occupied the site. However, the resemblance ends
once you enter the building. Inside Monterey Bay Aquarium, a
three-story-tall kelp forest exhibit will greet you. The kelp forest
sways in the ocean currents as sharks and other Pacific Ocean natives
swim in and around the kelp.
Many of the
exhibits at Monterey Bay Aquarium showcase the natural habitats that the
animals and mammals are used to in the wild. Sea otters play in a
two-story tank that allows you to view them both outside the water and
as they dive under the ocean.
exhibit allows you to enter the silent world of jellies, where you can
observe these creatures slowly dancing through the ocean currents. Next
to this exhibit is the million-gallon indoor tank. Housing yellow tuna
and barracuda, this tank truly makes you feel as though you are in the
ocean surrounded by these magnificent creatures.
The aquarium also
has an aviary where shorebirds can be seen in their natural
Aquarium can provide fun, education, and entertainment for all the
Where to go – Monterey Bay Aquarium is
located at 886 Cannery Row, Monterey.
What to do – Spend a day at the
aquarium, and don’t miss the feeding times.
When to go – The aquarium is open
everyday except Christmas Day.
Picture courtesy of
Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau