Tips For Visiting The Monterey Bay Aquarium

This weekend we visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The kids have been several times, but every time we go they seem to enjoy something different and learn more about sea animals and the ocean. Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the best-designed aquariums in the country. A stand-out feature of this aquarium is the two-story tank, home to a kelp forest in which one can find sunfish, sharks, and the occasional diver tasked with squeegeeing the algae off the tank walls. Sand dabs are displayed in shelf-like tanks ideally suited to the flat fish, and a school of sardines swim in an endless circle in their cylindrical tank home. If you want to interact with some aquatic dwellers, you're invited to pet the bat rays. The jellyfish display is one of Monterey Bay Aquarium's star attractions. Make sure you add the Monterey Bay Aquarium to your summer bucket list.

You can easily visit this museum in one day.  I suggest getting to the museum right when it opens and start on the first floor.  Do everything on the first floor and then head to the second floor.  Enjoy the café for lunch or a snack and visit the gift shop before you leave.  Make sure you get a visitor guide so you can check out feeding times.  

Watch a video of our day HERE.

There is a wonderful gift shop and café.  The café has fish & chips, chicken tenders, French fries, pretzels, mac & cheese, clams, mussels, pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, hotdogs, burritos, sushi, soups, salads, poke bowls, desserts, drinks and more.  The café menu was amazing and there was definitely something for everyone and everything looked so fresh and good.

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