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.

Monterey Bay Summer Camp

 

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!