Ever since I went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for the Finding Dory Event, my kids have been asking me to go to the aquarium. I knew I wanted to make a special trip over to the coast to surprise them with a day of family fun at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a non-profit public aquarium located in Monterey, California, United States. The aquarium was founded in 1984 and is located on the site of a former sardine cannery on Cannery Row.
When is a good time to visit? Anytime really. Summer is a little nicer due to the warmer weather for the outdoor viewing area, but really the majority of the exhibits are inside so weather won’t affect your trip at all. We went towards the end of July and the weather was slightly chilly outside, but very comfortable (though my kids would have loved to have a sweatshirt).
Tickets range from $29.95-$49.95 (you can purchase discounted tickets at AAA…check the website for details). They offer a “behind-the-scene” tour for an additional $15. This tour lasts one hour. Other tours are available for purchase as well.
We didn’t do any of the special tours, though I will definitely look into that for our next trip. We saw a group of kids putting on diving gear and walking into the tide pool. My kids really wanted to join them…so next time!
The otters was one of the kids favorite exhibits. They enjoyed watching the otters during the feeding time. That seemed to be when they were the most playful. The aquarists give them shrimp frozen in ice or toys so they have to work for their food (it’s good practice since in the wild they have to open clams). If you want to see the otters LIVE, they have a web cam here –> http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals-and-experiences/live-web-cams/sea-otter-cam
One of my favorite exhibits are the jelly fish. I hate swimming in the ocean because of these beautiful creatures…but they are so amazing to watch up close and personal.
Logan couldn’t wait to see the sharks! He sat, glued to the window, for such a long time. Every time a tuna or shark swam by him his eyes got big and he pointed. He didn’t want to leave that spot. Oh…and they have a shark cam too! Check it out –> http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals-and-experiences/live-web-cams/shark-cam
When I went to the aquarium during my press trip, I had the chance to touch an octopus. Kira desperately wanted to touch one. Every time we saw an octopus she touched the glass and asked me if she could touch one. I had to explain to her that not everyone gets to touch an octopus…but maybe someday she could work at the aquarium???
We had such a wonderful time at the Monterey Bay Aquarium!
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Disclosure: I received 2 press passes to the aquarium in exchange for my honest opinion. No other form of compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.