Oceans in Glass – Discovering Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the top attractions in the bay. Visiting Monterey wouldn’t be complete without encountering these sea creatures who were being preserved by the management of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Children and adults who have visited the aquarium were fascinated with its large, modern and huge variety of activities and things to look at.

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Tickets and Membership Info as follows:

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***Learn More About Monterey Bay Aquarium Here***

Below is a full length documentary about Monterey Bay Aquarium which will give you a broad view about the “Oceans in Glass” attraction in Monterey.

Are you visiting Monterey County or is your family coming over for a vacation? Are you looking for a local place to accommodate you? Come and stay with us here in Munras Inn! Nestled at the coastal community of Monterey Bay, we offer 29 charming, well appointed rooms. Munras Inn is definitely the best choice for you! Book with us now by clicking here, or call us at (831) 646-9696.  You’ll definitely enjoy great accommodation and excellent customer service.

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.

Are you visiting Monterey County or is your family coming over for a vacation? Are you looking for a local place to accommodate you? Come and stay with us here in Munras Inn! Nestled at the coastal community of Monterey Bay, we offer 29 charming, well appointed rooms. Munras Inn is definitely the best choice for you! Book with us now by clicking here, or call us at (831) 646-9696.  You’ll definitely enjoy great accommodation and excellent customer service.

17 Mile Drive – One of the Most Scenic Drives in the World

Do you love driving? If your answer is YES you will love it even more when you experience the 17 Mile Drive. 17 mile drive is one of the best scenic drive throughs you will see in planet Earth. This famous coastal landmark is a scenic road through Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula in California.

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Make sure to bring your camera! This drive through offers great views of famous golf courses, mansions, scenic attractions, the Bird Rock and the 5,300-acre Del Monte Forest of Monterey Cypress trees.

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One more thing that you must not forget is your $10 cash – toll fee for non-residents. The drive serves as the main road through the gated community of Pebble Beach.

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If you are visiting Monterey Bay California, make sure to experience one of the most luxurious drive through in North California.

 

Source: Talesortraveler.com | Extranomical.com | wikipedia.org

Top 5 #MontereyBay Instagram Post

Monterey Bay is definitely a MUST VISIT this spring season. Why? Well, we’ll let these instagram photo shares with hashtag #MontereyBay show you. We have collected the TOP 5 Most popular posts of tourists and locals who obviously enjoyed and enjoying their stay in Monterey Bay.

5. Here’s a photo by @sometimesmonica with caption

When you sail into a feeding frenzy and are surrounded by 40+ humpback whales… #sciencewin #teacherlife #photoaday2015 #feelingsmallinavastoceanofawesome #weekendadventures #montereybay #ocean #otter #whale #CAdreamin

4. Monterey Bay is for sure a place to chill with your loved one. Looks like @carlie_kaye25 found her piece of paradise on the rooftop.

Chillin on a rooftop with my hubby! #oneyearanniversary #lovingthis #montereybay

3. A trip to Monterey won’t be complete without stopping by at the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Sounds like @halirose had a lot of fun!

Thank you, for everyone who wrote me and made me go 🙈 #montereybay #montereybayaquarium #sardinesanyone #soulfood #coasttocoast #blackandwhite #Mayfeels #vaca #underthesea #bucketlist

2. Ohhh, thoses seals are adorable. @pattiepie_ sure did catch a good life in action.

Nap Time 💤| #SleepySeal #OnTheBay #MontereyBay #NapTime

1. Drum Roll please! And the photo that stood out amore the rest was shared by @ddgv. It may be a cliche but this photo proves that “a picture is worth a thousand words”

#montereybay #cityofmonterey #california #sunset #bestview #beautiful #colors #highway1 #nature #love #bestview #blessed #seaside #natgeo #pacificocean #love #tree

We hope that you had fun looking at these photos like we did. If you have great photos of Monterey Bay, please do not hesitate to post them in our Facebook Page Here. Watch for our next blog post 🙂 Until next time!

 

Disclaimer: All photos in this post were from top-hashtags.com. Visit Monterey Bay blog does not own any of these photos.

7 Things To Do in Monterey Bay this Holiday

Heading over here for the holiday season? Then you’re in for an adventure spree! There are so many unique attractions in Monterey Bay that it can be hard to pick just one! Here’s a list of Monterey Bay’s attractions and events to guide you this holiday.

 

1. Cannery Row

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This bustling tourist destination was once an industrial area with working canneries lining the street. Bask in the history and ambiance of the old buildings that have now become shops, restaurants and hotels. You’ll find everything from dainty souvenir shops to candy stores and art galleries along with plenty of options for your taste buds from the dozens of restaurants that line up the street.

 

2. 17-Mile Drive

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Drive along the scenic Monterey Peninsula, from Pacific Grove to Carmel. It is named as such because the drive from the Highway 1 Gate to the Carmel Gate is approximately 17 miles. If you enter and/or leave through different gates, the distance you travel on the 17-Mile Drive may be different. The beautiful 17-Mile Drive  is fundamentally a road that passes through an exclusive neighborhood so you will have to pay a fee (per car) to drive around and motorcycles are not allowed.

 

3. Whale Watching

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Ever seen a whale before? If not, then now is the best time to see one the planet’s largest mammals. The entire Gray Whale population migrates past the Monterey coastline every winter and spring and are easily observed as they hug the coastline during migration. Head over here to know more about what to expect during whale watching.\

 

4. Monterey Bay Aquarium

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a must-see when you’re stopping by the city of Monterey, CA. Click here for more details about this spectacular place.

 

5. 13th Annual Holiday Parade of Lights

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This annual lighted parade will feature marching bands, holiday floats, dance teams, equestrian groups, and of course, Santa Claus. After the parade, stores will remain open for Holiday shopping & wagon rides, photos with Santa & carolers. This event begins at 6:00pm. For more info contact 831-373-3304 or visit the official site here.

December 04, 2014
6pm-9pm
Type: Special Events
Location: Pacific Grove

6. 21st Annual Stillwell’s Fun in the Park

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Another special event you shouldn’t miss while in Monterey Bay. This year Caledonia Park will be the place to be for festive family fun featuring Santa’s arrival on a shiny PG fire truck, Frosty the Snowman, Snow Queen, hayrides, petting zoo & lots of entertainment. For more information visit website or send email.

December 06, 2014
10am-4pm
Central Ave. and Jewell Ave.
Type: Special Events
Location: Caledonia Park

7. Historic Downtown Monterey’s Traditional Christmas Tree Lighting

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The City of Monterey is just buzzing with holiday events for the whole family. Don’t miss out on the carols, candles, cookies, cider, music and good cheer during the Historic Downtown Monterey’s Traditional Christmas Tree Lighting on December 4th from 5:00 to 6:00 PM.
December 04, 2014
5pm-6pm
570 Pacific Street
Venue: Colton Hall Museum & Old Jail
Type: Special Events
Location: Colton Hall
Admission: Free

Holiday celebrations in Monterey Bay bring back memories and create new ones to last a lifetime. Here, the holiday season is centered around beautiful lights, the joy of sharing and simple pleasures like a cup of hot cocoa with an ocean view. Stay with us this holiday season!

 

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

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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!

Monterey Bay Summer Camp

Kids are out of School! It’s Summer Camp Time!

Summer is just around the corner. I’m sure if you are a parent (of course with kids) you’ve been starting to contemplate about what would make your children occupied at least in their entire summer break. Yeah, something that would make them fruitful and by not just wasting their time staying at home. Some parents take this opportunity to create a meaningful bond with their kids, while others love to send their kids to programs and activities that would develop different aspects of their well being. Traditionally, summer camp is perceived by many as a place where they can hike and do campfires. Today, summer camps have evolved and are now offering activities ranging from Tech Camps that focus on technology education, to math enrichment programs, travel camps, foreign culture camps down to art, science, and performing art camps.

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With all these different choices, i see no reason for parents not to enroll their kids in any of these. So why enroll your kids summer camps? Surprisingly, kids after being enrolled in summer camps show a drastic development in their social skills. Some parents find their kids become more sociable with their peers and adults. It also helped their children to boost their self-confidence, something that a parent would want to see in their child growing up. Moreover, kids enrolled in summer camps learn to value relationships and see how these relationships are essential for their daily life. Summer camps don’t only teach kids social skills but also builds their character as a person. Campers, when they return home, usually demonstrate values like respect, honesty, independence and a high sense of responsibility. Now you see how helpful summer camps are to your kids. The valuable experiences that they learn from summer camps plus your support and motivation will help them prepare well for their life.

Planning on sending your kids to any summer camps? Check these.

1. Camp SEA lab –
Offering day, residential, and teen camps, Camp SEA Lab is a marine science camp adventure for youth ages 8-13 on California’s Monterey Bay. Camp SEA Lab also offers leadership programs, a teacher development programs, science camps for schools, and family programs.

For more information, visit or call:
100 Campus Center, Building 42, Seaside, CA (831) 582-3681

2. Horse-N-Around – The Mitchell Ranch
Horse-n-Around offers horseback riding lessons to beginner riders of all ages. They have a unique children’s Discovery Program designed to introduce children to the world of horses. They also offer summer camps and have a dual approach to their lesson/camp program spending equal time on safety and ground work and to riding. Their focus is always on safety and they introduce equine behavior as a way to do this as well. Students must have the control on the ground before they can have control in the saddle. Theirs is a one on one approach.

For more information, visit or call:
980 Travers Lane, Watsonville, CA 95076 (408) 528-5461

3. Kennolyn Camps – Day, resident, family and equestrian camps. Campers enjoy miles of breathtaking trails through the Redwoods for hiking, Mountain Biking and Trail Riding.

For more information, visit or call:
8205 Glen Haven Rd., Soquel, CA (831) 479*-6714

4. Monterey Bay Aquarium
The Monterey Bay Aquarium offers educational programs that help teens learn about ocean conservation.

For more information, visit or call:
886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940 (831) 648-4800

5. Point Lobos Summer Adventures Program
Summer Outdoor Program presented by State Park staff and based out of Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. Kids 8-13 years old will have the opportunity to have fun and enjoy the outdoors in California State Parks.

For more information, visit or call:

Route 1, Carmel, CA 93923 (866) 338-7227

Enjoy your Summer!

Monterey Bay Wax Museum

Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum by Steinbeck

The Monterey Bay in California is never short on things to do or places to visit. It has so many attractions that not only cater to adults but also to kids as well. There are plenty of outdoor activities and a few shopping destinations. Some of the notable places to visit include the Fisherman’s Wharf, the beaches and the whale watching, several parks, and of course the old cannery row. There are many things to see in the cannery row, but one of its older attractions includes Steinbeck’s Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum.

Monterey Bay Wax Museum

As the name implies, the wax museum contains sculptures of people that depict the history, culture and the civilization of the community that thrived in Monterey Bay. As mentioned earlier, Steinbeck’s Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum is quite old already, dating as far back as the 1970’s. The museum is attributed to John Steinbeck, a celebrated American writer who has won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for his novel, The Grapes of Wrath. His other famous literary works include the East of Eden and Of Mice and Men. He is beloved in Monterey, California, due in part to his many different literary works which make use of Monterey as its setting.

The attribution of Steinbeck to the Wax Museum in Monterey is due to the fact that many of the displays found inside the museum depict certain scenes in some of his novels. As a matter of fact, the Cannery Row was so named because of the immense popularity of his novel called Cannery Row. If you visit the Wax Museum in Monterey today, you’ll even see a wax sculpture of John Steinbeck sitting with a group of his peers enjoying a couple of drinks.

The Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum depicts over 450 years of Monterey’s rich history and the people who helped and contributed to the rich culture of Monterey today. The museum holds over a hundred different wax sculptures grouped into different moments in time to showcase how their lifestyle was during the early 1900s. Some of these wax figures portray workers from the now defunct sardine canning factories, a bullfight scene, prostitutes, Indians and many more.

The wax museum also features certain audio and visual presentations to provide accurate and detailed descriptions of the wax statues and the events they were presenting. There are even mechanical wax statues that move with the audio for a more immersive and entertaining experience. The price for admission is very affordable and the wax museum is a good means of entertainment for the whole family.

The Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum is more than just an entertaining romp for the family. It preserves history of Monterey and ensures that future generation are educated about their past and what the Monterey Bay as gone through in the ages. Make sure to include a visit to the wax museum into your itinerary when you visit Monterey. Remember to book a hotel that’s not only affordable, but also close to attractions and commercial spots in the Monterey Bay area. A hotel like the Vagabond Inn Hotel in Monterey is within minutes to the Cannery Row and the Wax Museum.

Monterey Bay Shopping destination

Top Shopping Destinations in Monterey Bay California

Monterey Bay California, a shopping destination.

Monterey has always been one of the top vacation spots in California because of its beautiful coast line and all the fun and diverse activities that it provides. There are so many things to do in Monterey which includes outdoor activities, animal and wildlife adventures, relaxing in parks and of course the beaches. However, Monterey is quickly becoming one of the top shopping destinations in California as well. Here are a few of the best places in Monterey where you can shop till you drop!

Visit the historical Cannery Row
Shopping in Monterey is intermingled with fun activities because each tourist spot in the county has a group of stores and boutiques that offer a wide variety of items for sale. Among the different must see places in Monterey, the Cannery Row is right on the top of the list. Once a street filled with rows of sardine canning factories, the Cannery Row has been since converted into a thriving commercial hub where you can find hotels, restaurants, waterfront activities, attractions and of course, many shopping establishments.

There are around 80 different vendors selling a wide range of items from souvenirs, to clothing, to artisan goods. You can even find some of the leading brands here if you truly are in a shopping mood. If you are not yet sure what to buy in Monterey, then a visit at the Cannery Row will give you plenty of options to choose from. Cannery Row is perfect for families as it can provide a variety of interesting activities that will keep kids entertainment as well.

Monterey Bay Shopping destination

Works of Art at Moss Landing
A great combination of relaxation and entertainment, Moss Landing is an amazing place for nature hikes, beach fun and shopping in Monterey. Moss Landing is home to many different stores that sell different paintings and other works of art. If you are lucky, there are times when there are art exhibits on display where you can weave your way through different items that are on sale. There are also coffee shops that double as art galleries for your viewing pleasure. It is an intimate spot for couples too.

Additionally, Moss Landing is also very well known for the different antique shops in the area. Anybody will enjoy browsing through the different vintage decorations, furnishings and many other items. If you look through all that’s available, you might find rare pieces that you’ll love.

Carmel-By-The-Sea is a must visit for any shopper
Shopping in Monterey will not be complete without a proper visit to Carmel-by-the-Sea. Actually, this area is very popular as a shopping destination. This spot has almost everything; it has art galleries, clothing retailers, jewelry stores, wine and gourmet shops, souvenirs, restaurants and entertainment for everybody. Truly a must visit for any shopaholic.

When visiting Monterey California, make sure to make time and visit the many shopping establishments. Book your hotel in a central area where you can easily travel to the many different shopping spots. A good hotel like Vagabond Inn is perfectly situated in an area where in you are just minutes away from the beach, local attractions and shopping centers. They can also provide you with information and tips to ensure you make the most of your stay. Vagabond Inn is also perfect for families because they have rooms big enough for 2 adults and kids.

Family Fitness in Monterey Sports Center

One of the top priorities of families is always going to be the health of both the parents and the children. Parents would usually achieve this by providing their kids with nourishing food to eat and staying away from junk food as much as possible. Parents would try to stay fit by also going to the gym and working out if schedule and time permits. However, one of the new trends these past few years is that fitness is turning into more than just a means to maintain health and fitness. The whole family and not just the parents are going to fitness centers these days and even young kids are going.

 

As a matter of fact, this is one of the trends nowadays that the Monterey Sports Center in California would like to promote. A quick look through their website and you can tell that the sports center is not just for adults. Kids can enjoy themselves here and see what good staying fit and healthy can do for the mind and the body. The Monterey Sports Center is the largest fitness facility in the one whole of the Monterey Peninsula. Their establishment is divided into 5 areas all focused in providing specific exercises, training, and recreational activities.

The Fitness section is all about evaluating a person’s physical state and provides an evaluation which includes physical strength, cardiovascular performance, blood pressure, flexibility and even a treadmill ergometry test. In this area there are personal trainers who can help you achieve your physical fitness goals and provide one-on-one Yoga and Pilates sessions.

The Group Exercise section is composed of several studios where groups of people socialize and enjoy physical exercises like cycling, yoga, Zumba, dance, conditioning, aqua splash and many more. Monterey Sports Center updates their website for the schedules so make sure to check which classes work best.

The Aquatics section is arguably very popular with the kids. Here, swimming lessons are available and there is even lifeguard training and water safety instructor course. There is also a Tot Time which is for parents and their children aged 5 and below to enjoy a bit of swimming. Float night is also fun as people are encouraged to bring anything that floats for a fun swimming pool party.

The Gym and Camps section is where people can join in teams and focus on a particular activity. Monterey Sports Center offers martial arts, cheerleading, teen work experience, volleyball, and youth wrestling.

Lastly, the Physical Therapy section is where visitors of the center can work on any physical injuries, pains and other limitations. Individuals with aching knees, poor posture, flexibility and other complications can set up an appointment for a physical therapy session to assess the person’s physical condition and identify the best course to take in order to resolve and physical complications.

The Monterey Sports Center is a comprehensive and family friendly facility that not only promotes fitness and healthy living, but also supports family bonding, camaraderie and positive reinforcement. Tourists staying in Monterey for a few days are always welcome to visit the sports center. Hotels in Monterey like the Vagabond Inn are perfect for families because of their well-appointed and spacious rooms as well as their affordability.