The million-gallon Outer Bay exhibit is home to sea turtles, sharks and schooling fishes, and the occasional white shark (Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation/Randy Wilder)

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a must-see for fish and animal lovers. It is home to more than 35,000 animals and plants that represent more than 550 species worldwide. Approximately two million people visit the aquarium each year. Permanent exhibits include those devoted to the giant Pacific octopus, kelp forests, sea otters, and penguins. There are also exhibits devoted to different ecosystems, including Mission to the Deep, which shows high-definition video of amazing deep-sea animals, and Monterey Bay Habitats. Be sure to check out the kelp forest, a 28-foot-high, 335,000-gallon exhibit that is the first and largest living kelp-forest community ever created at an aquarium. A surge machine at the top creates the constant water movement that giant kelp needs to survive. The aquarium's proximity to Monterey Bay allows for the circulation of ocean water through many of the aquarium's tanks, making it a "living extension" of Monterey Bay.

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Active and Adventure Review of Monterey Bay Aquarium

Away Travel Expert: Karen Kefauver
ActiveExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Active and AdventureExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Find out ahead of time when the sharks are fed; it's really fun to watch!
  • Take a guided tour of the aquarium
  • Visit the touch tanks

886 Cannery Row
Monterey, California 93940-1085

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Telephone Number: (831) 648-4888
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