Educational Fun for Everyone

A day out at the Monterey Bay Aquarium makes for fun field trips, family days, and even dates and for groups of friends.

Points of Interest at the Aquarium

As a child, the Monterey Bay Aquarium was huge and my feet were sore at the end of each visit. Flash forward to adulthood and taking my nephews, the aquarium is really not that large (especially compared to the Osaka Aquarium and aquariums in Asia). You can easily tour all of the Monterey Bay Aquarium in a few hours, even with little kids.

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Find Nemo. A highlight for all Finding Nemo and Finding Dory fans, especially the kids. Here in the little kids’ area of the aquarium are a multitude of Nemos
Monterey Bay Aquarium
The aquarium boasts of multiple areas to touch sea creatures and coral. After gently touching it all, you can disinfect your hands with the foam soap dispensers nearby
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Stingrays which you can touch – if it swims close enough. These stingrays do not sting, making them perfectly safe to stick your arm in the water
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Aside from sea creatures, there is a little outdoor area within the aquarium and next to the stingrays to view local birds on the sandy shore


Dining at the Aquarium

While water and snacks are allowed into the aquarium, you will likely get hungry during your visit. You can walk to the nearby restaurants on Cannery Row (and be sure to get your hand stamped for re-entry) or dine at the aquarium.

For a quick snack, head to the Coffee Bar for drinks and a savory or sweet bite. The Cafe offers self-service cafeteria-like choices, such as pizza for the kids and proper salads and chowder for yourself. If you feel like being served, Cindy’s Waterfront offers a lunch menu and a proper restaurant setting with California cuisine, like sandwiches, burgers, and fish tacos.

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Caesar Salad at the Cafe. The cafeteria offerings can be carb-filled, unhealthy, or simply mediocre. You can have a proper meal after the aquarium. So to satisfy your hunger, the Caesar salad and clam chowder are tasty enough to hold you through the afternoon


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Monterey Bay Aquarium
886 Cannery Row, Monterey
Daily, 9:30am to 6pm
Adults, $49.95
Child 3-12 years old, $29.95 (below 3 free)
Student with ID, $39.95
Senior 65+ years old, $39.95


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