Located in California, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a world within itself with as many as 35000 different colorful ocean creatures. A visit to the Monterey Bay would overwhelm a person with the beauty that exists beneath the blue waters as well as a vast amount of knowledge that is there for the taking through the exhibits and guides.
A usual trip is of 3 hours, but one can plan a quick one hour tour through the aquarium as well. However, given the variety at display, a single tour would never be enough to appreciate the various forms of ocean creatures preserved at this aquarium. One can also take membership of this aquarium for a small fees which would be paid off in as less as two trips to the aquarium with the family. Members get special trips, behind the scene sessions and a beautiful and informative newsletter.
The best part about the aquarium is their planned itinerary which takes the tourists through a range of informative programs, ranging from knowing more about the albatross, to quiz on sea otters, and short and informative films on jellies, tuna, sharks and sea turtles. One could also take a trip through the deep dark waters of Monterey canyon in special submersibles. One could also go through an interactive session where they see experts feeding sharks, penguins and sea otters, and watch the Outer bay feeding of barracuda, tuna and bonito, learning about the conservation efforts ongoing for these underwater creatures.
The aquarium also has other interesting activities planned for tourists. Students can go for a trip of the cannery and the history of fishing. Family activities are planned over nights letting them sleep over next to their favorite exhibits. Students can go for adventurous sails at sunrise and sunset in a sailboat and conduct some research along with the Aquarium naturalists. Students can also go for a trip to interact with the sea creatures on exhibition in the mornings. Underwater exploring is also planned for kids between 8 and 13 who can scuba dive and get a fish eye view of the life under the water. One can also learn a lot about the staff of the Aquarium in a 50 minute behind the scene tour.
The cost of the tickets is around $18 for children and around $30 for adults. In this Aquarium, one could learn a lot about life on a sandy shore, or a rocky shore, in the deep waters or in the Outer bay about the most mysterious to most beautiful of animals. The Aquarium staff also share their knowledge about the habitat of the animals, the conservation efforts to preserve the rare species etc. through well captured videos.
Aquarium Adventures Programs;
Family Seashore Sleepover
Youth Group Seashore Sleepovers
Fishing for History: A Cannery Row Tour
Sailing Adventures: Day Sails
Sailing Adventures: Sunset Sails
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is located in Monterey at the west end of historic Cannery Row, just minutes from Carmel and Pebble Beach. Monterey is approximately 125 miles (208 km) south of San Francisco and 360 miles (600 km) north of Los Angeles.
You can get detailed information at http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/.