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Monterey Bay Aquarium

886 Cannery Row | Monterey, CA 93940 | Official website
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Courtesy of the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Type: Zoos and Aquariums
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.7)
Value: 4.0 (4.0)
Facilities: 5.0 (5.0)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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The Open Sea Exhibit best exemplifies how special the massive Monterey Bay Aquarium is: Sea turtles, stingrays and schools of fish have one million gallons of water to explore. Still it's usually the southern sea otters, penguins and giant octopuses that garner the most attention, so if you can, stick around for one of the feedings.

One Yelp.com user exclaims, "This aquarium gives you the ability to see the beauty of so many aspects of the ocean that you would otherwise only see on a Discovery Channel special!"

In the town of Monterey, the Monterey Bay Aquarium sits at the end of Cannery Row. Entry costs a staggering $29.95, but most visitors claim the sights inside are well worth it. Also, free parking near the aquarium is near impossible to find, so use one of the nearby garages. The facility is open daily from about 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with slightly shorter hours in the winter and longer summer hours. For more information, check out the aquarium's website.

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