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The Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the best aquariums in the world. Yuntiha and I heard about it a few years ago and wanted to go BUT we never found the right opportunity to go because it was either going to be an 8+ hour drive north or a flight to San Francisco and […]


The Monterey Bay Aquarium is located on Cannery Row; which is an area filled with shops and restaurants. Although we did wander around Cannery Row we opted to have lunch at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Cafe. The Monterey Bay Aquarium Cafe is a casual food option at the aquarium. The other food option inside would […]

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The Splash Zone is pretty much in the same area as the Kelp Forest. When you walk through the main Splash Zone entrance, you see the Kelp Forest and the touch pool to the left and the front. To the right is a much more interactive and family friendly zone. The exhibit features most of […]

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As mentioned in my Monterey Bay Aquarium – Part 3: The Open Sea Exhibit post, we left the exhibit seeing a school of anchovies. As that was also one of the first things we saw as we entered the Kelp Forest Exhibit. This time the anchovies were actually displayed in a cylindrical tank showing how […]

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The Open Sea Exhibit was one of my favorite exhibits at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. This is a very big exhibit compared to all of the other exhibits and we returned to the Open Sea Exhibit a couple more times and somehow managed to find things we missed the first time. The entrance to the […]

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We learned a few things about Luna the Sea Otter in one of the many shows available at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. These animals are so cute! The Sea Otters exhibit is just off to the right of the front lobby area. If you’re lucky you can even see one of the Sea Otters on […]

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After our 11 hour drive from San Diego to Monterey Bay along the California Coast Highway 1, we finally arrived in Monterey Bay, CA. We checked-in at Days Inn Monterey-Fishermans Wharf Aquarium, freshened up and then went out in search of dinner. The name of our hotel may say Fishermans Wharf Aquarium, but we were […]

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After a few stops at a few California Coast Highway 1 lookouts we continued north bound to McWay Falls and then finally to Monterey Bay, CA. I really did not want to miss McWay Falls, Big Sur, CA. This is one of the most photographed spots in Big Sur. I was quite paranoid that we would […]

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Note: fill up your gas tank BEFORE heading onto the California Coast Highway 1! Why? Because gas is NOT cheap! It’s always a little tricky when taking a road trip with a rental car not knowing how big your gas tank is, and not how far you can get on a tank of gas. I […]

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We recently had a 3 day weekend and my family and I decided to go on a weekend trip to Monterey from San Diego. This was the perfect opportunity for us to take the scenic route up the California Coast Highway 1. With only a few stops the full drive took us nearly 11 hours. But […]