The Aquarium is a Must-see near Monterey Bay Vacation Rentals

Monterey is full of fun things to do but the Aquarium is a must see near Monterey Bay vacation rentals. The aquarium is a place that children and adults of all ages will enjoy. You will see wonderful creatures of the sea and learn more than you could have imagined.

General Information

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is open every day of the year except Christmas Day. You will find a full-service restaurant at the aquarium along with a picnic area if you choose to bring your own lunch. There are lockers for rent to store your property and full gift shop to pick up any last-minute items or a souvenir. The Monterey Bay Aquarium has several exhibits to view but here are a few of the top exhibits.

The Outer Bay Exhibit

The Outer Bay exhibit features several jelly fish, pacific blue fin tuna, hammerhead sharks and sometimes even white sharks. The Outer Bay Exhibit is a unique experience to watch several marine animals up-close and personal. If you are lucky you might even get to see the animals being fed. The windows at this exhibit are 54 feet long and 17 feet high. You can view this exhibit from three different levels in the aquarium. Visiting this exhibit is a must-do while staying in your Monterey rental.

Kelp Forest

The kelp forest at the Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the tallest aquarium exhibits in the world. The kelp grows an average of four inches per day. Scuba divers are constantly trimming the plants and making sure that they are tangled. In the kelp forest exhibit you will be able to observe leopard sharks, wolf-eels and giant sea bass. The giant sea bass can reach a weight of 500 pounds but are very gentle animals. You might even catch a scuba diver giving the giant see bass some rubs or scratches.

Splash Zone

Splash Zone is a great way to learn about some of the animals that live in the ocean. Children and adults enjoy this unique hands-on learning experience. You will be able to touch star fish, crab, coral and many other species. There is a volunteer at the exhibit to help you handle the animals and to provide you with very valuable information about the animals. The Splash Zone is a great way to spend time near your Monterey vacation rental.

Life on the Bay

You never know what you are going to get when you visit the Life On the Bay exhibit. You walk out onto a deck and observe animals in their natural habitat, the Pacific Ocean. Over 30 species live and pass through the exhibit. Some days you might even get lucky enough to see dolphins or humpback whales. The more common animals at the Life On the Bay exhibit are sea otters and harbor seals.

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