Education and conservation
The Aquarium, a pioneering marine extravaganza, was built in 1984 to entertain as well as to educate visitors on the importance of marine life and their role in the sustenance of life on Earth. Besides fantastic live exhibits, there are immersive, virtual presentations that bring the seas alive.
The Open Sea, the largest exhibit here, features sharks, turtles and schools of sardines held behind in a large 90-foot window. The 28-feet tall Kelp Forest is unique and distinctive to Monterey Bay Aquarium and is home to a large number of animals. The Southern Sea Otters are the only marine mammals here and are a crowd favourite, thanks to their heart-warming antics.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium makes for a memorable destination for all with its astounding 35000 animals and plants in 34 spectacular galleries and touch pools.
- You can enjoy inspired dishes at Cindy’s Waterfront with captivating views of the ocean. Families with little children might prefer to dine casually at the self-service Café or opt for snacks at the Coffee Bar.
- The Monterey Bay Aquarium is pretty close to the Monarch Grove Butterfly Sanctuary. You could try to visit both places in one trip.