Monterey Bay: Worth Pinteresing

Surely you will appreciate more Monterey Bay by these fascinating pictures posted on Pinterest.

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A heap of sea lions at Monterey Bay, California by O.Blaise.

California sea lions are often seen in boating, lounging on wharfs, pilings and even boats. Monterey Bay is known for its wealth of pelagic mammals and the only place in the world where five species of seals may be found.

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Lone Cypress is known as one of the most photographed trees and scenic attractions in North America. The tree is special because of its age as it is estimated to be 250 plus years old already.

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Point lobos is considered the “crown jewel” of Monterey Bay.  It is a place of serenity of nature which has been called “the greatest meeting of land and sea in the world” and “the crown jewel of the state park system.”

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Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the top tourist spots in Monterey which is located on historic Cannery Row. It is well known to be the window to the wonders of the ocean.

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Visiting Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a must-see when you’re stopping by the city of Monterey, CA. The public aquarium is located on the site of a former sardine cannery on Cannery Row. Because of its popularity, it has an annual attendance of 1.8 million visitors. If you’re planning to stop by the place, here are some quick tips and information to help you organize and get the most out of your visit in the most beautiful aquarium in the world!

 

1. Getting to the aquarium

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium is located in Monterey at the west end of historic Cannery Row, just minutes from Carmel and Pebble Beach. Monterey is approximately 125 miles (208 km) south of San Francisco and 360 miles (600 km) north of Los Angeles.

Full address:
886 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940

 

2. Select a day for a visit

Weekends will be more crowded than weekdays. If possible, visit the aquarium during the week.

 

3. Avoid long lines and purchase your tickets in advance

The place can get a little crowded on some days and lining up for a ticket can eat a lot of your visit time. Purchase your tickets online. You’ll be able to save time and find some great discounts when you purchase from the web. It’s quick, easy, and totally hassle-free. Click here to purchase your admission tickets ahead. Take note that the prices of the aquariums admission tickets varies by category. Do be careful what category of ticket you buy, it might not be applicable to you.

 

4. Arrive when the aquarium opens

Arrive early and organize your day around the showings and feedings. Some places have limited viewing areas (like the sea otters) so go to the early shows to get a view while you can. To help you plan ahead, click here and view the aquariums daily schedule (including programs and feedings).

 

5. Visit the most popular exhibits first before the crowd thickens

The crowd can get a bit overwhelming especially during mid-day. If you arrive early, try to get a look of the most popular exhibits first to avoid huge crowds. Here are some of the most awesome exhibits of the aquarium:

 

Kelp Forest

Kelp forest, Monterey bay aquarium

The  Kelp Forest exhibit was designed as the centerpiece of the aquarium, and was the first exhibit in the world to include a living kelp forest. Eighty species of seaweeds grow in this exhibit, some of which have also entered the aquarium through the water from the bay rather than being deliberately planted.

 

Open Sea Galleries

The open sea galleries showcase sharks,  a school of 3000 anchovies swimming against the endless current of a toroidal tank, a puffin exhibit, juvenile sea turtle exhibit, and multimedia experiences highlighting microscopic plankton.

 

Other popular exhibits

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Other popular exhibits include penguin exhibit, seahorses, jellyfish special exhibit and tentacles special exhibit.

 

Prepare to be amazed at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the 550 aquatic species on display in more than 100 exhibits. Hope you enjoy your visit!

Tourists Are Invited to a Special War Horse Day Celebration at Monterey

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Every year, for 4 years now, locals in Monterey, California have been celebrating a unique event in commemoration of the town’s history and culture. The 4th Annual Fort Ord Warhorse Day celebrates the rich history of the Fort Ord army and its horse soldiers. The celebration is held as a form of remembrance and recognition of the historic past and for the education of future generations. The event is held at the Marina Equestrian Center – the original veterinary hospital for horses built in 1941 – and features a wide variety of attractions, educational materials and displays that depict the history of Fort Ord.

The event is perfect for families and groups where in there is an attraction for both adults and children alike. In this year’s Ford Ord Warhose Day celebration, visitors will get to experience a special flash museum, a visit to the army blacksmith, a petting zoo, a showcase of the world war 2 command posts, the vehicles used in that time and of course the public demonstration of the cavalry horses and mules. There will also be a very special tribute to be led by the Del Monte Brass Band and the DLI Choir will sing the national anthem. For families or first timers to the event, it is recommended that they partake in a special guided tour on bikes which goes around the Fort Ord National Monument and the Fort Ord Dunes State Park.

The event will be on May 3, 2014 and will start at 8am (for the guided bike rides) and up to 2pm in the afternoon. What’s best is that this whole celebration is free to the public which means no admission fee is required.

This is why Vagabond Inn – a contemporary family friendly hotel in Monterey, California – has always been an avid supporter of the event. It is celebrations like the Fort Ord War Horse Day, that is able to bring together communities and families and bond on the rich history of the town and at the same time, enjoy the many recreational activities available for everyone. Vagabond Inn is a suitable hotel accommodation that can also serve as a starting point for many other Monterey tourist destinations.

It is recommended that out of town visitors and tourists make their visit to Monterey into a weekend vacation to see all that the area has to offer. This also includes the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Being only an hour away from Monterey, it is an easy trip to the Boardwalk which is a very popular amusement park in California. It is perfect to visit during the spring time to avoid huge crowds during summer season.

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is well known for their exciting rides like the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster, the Speed Bumps bumper cars, the Logger’s Revenge and many more. The Boardwalk also features attractions like the Casino Arcade, Neptune’s Kingdom, Mini Golf, Lazer Tag, Lazer Maze, Boardwalk Bowling and many more. This is the perfectly fun stop to any family weekend getaway.