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Visiting Monterey Bay Aquarium

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Monterey Bay Aquarium is a non-profit association in Monterey, California. It sits elegantly on the local area of aquatic creatures in Monterey Bay. In October 1984, Monterey Bay Aquarium established a living kelp forest and opened it up for a one-of-a-kind exhibit. Monterey Bay Aquarium is a galaxy of spectacular aquatic creatures and provides a riveting diving experience to swimmer around the world, although there's equal adventure on offer here for the non-swimmers, too.

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Nail-Biting Adventure Amidst A Lyrical Landscape

Nail-Biting Adventure Amidst A Lyrical Landscape

1. ¡Viva Baja! Life on the Edge

1. ¡Viva Baja! Life on the Edge

It is a place to come face to face with an exotic sea creatures such as rainbow-hued fish, round-bellied iguanas, and several other stunning creatures from Baja's desert, mangrove backwoods, and coral reefs. While in transit to Monterey you will get a look at Baja. It holds the exhibition featuring coastal habitats of Baja California where you will find an extensive range of desert and sea creatures. The locals here grow up on the edge of the sands, and surfing along a rugged desert coastline that meet bright blue waters of the Pacific Ocean.

2. Coral Reef Cam

2. Coral Reef Cam

Explore the boisterous surrounding of a coral reef section within their unique exhibition where tropical fishes travel across the corals. ¡Viva Baja has been a shelter for various species of tropical fishes such as cortez wrasse, scrawled filefish and cortez angelfish. Coral reefs are extremely valuable in the wild, so let's secure the reefs and make no harm to them.

3. Desert Tortoise

3. Desert Tortoise

Don't miss out on checking these exotic little and slow-moving tortoise as they dig the ground with their long nails to get inside the burrows to hide from the devastating desert heat.

4. Pacific Seahorse

4. Pacific Seahorse

Another phenomenal attraction at the Monterey Bay Aquarium is the largest seahorse species that can grow up to one-foot tall. Called the Pacific Seahorse, it is mainly found in California and is an endangered species as the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

5. Mountain Kingsnake

5. Mountain Kingsnake

At the Monterey Bay Aquarium, you will come across a snake that actually looks like a venomous coral snake but is innocuous and lovely with a gorgeous body shades and that spectacular musk smell it has on offer.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

Tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium can be purchased online or directly from the main entrance of the aquarium.Since queues can be long and taxing, prefer booking online to bypass the queue and hit the aquarium in a flash.

How To Get Around?

Moving around the aquarium is easy and hassle-free. All popular attractions, including the coral reef cam, are at walking distance from each other.

What Should I Wear?

While visiting the aquarium, though there's no specific dress code. Feel free to dress up in casuals sleeve shirt, jeans, shorts, skirt, or cargo, to ensure you stay on your toes comfortably all day long. During winters light jackets and a few extra layers will come in handy.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Facts

Best Time to Visit

Monterey Bay Aquarium is open for visitors every day throughout the year, save for the New Year's Day, Christmas Day, and Thanksgiving. Avoid extreme winters as it gets biting cold indoors around that time.


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Will I Need a Guide?

You do not need a guide to visit or move around Monterey Bay Aquarium. All attractions, and the directions, are well defined and at walking distance from each other. Also, all the required information is available on this website.

How To Get There?

For overseas visitors, Monterey Regional Airport is the nearest touch point. Comfortable, affordable accommodation is available around the airport and you may ask the hotel staff to arrange a pickup or drop service to and from the Bay Aquarium for you. Private cars and Uber are another preferred options to reach the aquarium.

Additional Info?

Make sure you pack enough layers in winters as the temperature drops quickly in this part of the world. Ensure you don't leave your little ones unattended since they might hurt themselves.