Monterey Bay Aquarium

#3 in Best Things To Do in Monterey
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Courtesy of the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau

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886 Cannery Row

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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

The Open Sea Exhibit best exemplifies how special the massive Monterey Bay Aquarium is. Sea turtles, stingrays, sharks, jellyfish and schools of fish have thousands of gallons of water to explore while visitors watch in awe. With 45 interactive exhibits featuring reptiles, octopi, birds, fish and invertebrates, as well as a variety of tours (some of which allow guests to feed some of the sea life), there is no shortage of things to see and do for the young and old at the aquarium.

In the town of Monterey, the Monterey Bay Aquarium sits at the end of Cannery Row. Entry costs a staggering $39.95 for adults, $34.95 for teens ages 13 to 17, and $24.95 for children ages 3 to 12, but most visitors claim the sights inside are well worth it, with some saying it is the best aquarium they've ever been to.

However, visitors recommend you go during the week, as the weekends tend to get crowded. Finding parking is nearly impossible, with the aquarium's popularity and central location, so use one of the nearby garages. The facility is open daily from about 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, check out the aquarium's website.

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