Monterey Bay Aquarium: Top Attraction in Monterey California!

Monterey Bay Aquarium is probably the top attraction in Monterey California! Having been to the SEA Aquarium in Singapore, we know what a top notch aquarium is like and Monterey Bay Aquarium doesn’t disappoint!

View of the Monterey Bay Aquarium from the outside on the 2nd floor
View of the Monterey Bay Aquarium from the outside on the 2nd floor


About Monterey Bay Aquarium

Map of Monterey Bay Aquarium
Map of Monterey Bay Aquarium
Auditorium and Gift Store Monterey Bay Aquarium
Auditorium and Gift Store

Monterey Bay Aquarium


Great gift store at Monterey Bay Aquarium
Great gift store at

Monterey Bay Aquarium

There are so many things to do and see at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. For instance, there’s the Kelp Zone, Sea Otters, Tentacles, Vanishing Wild Life, Jellies, Open Sea and Splash Zone. Kids will also enjoy the visit due to the educational zones, touch pools and engaging exhibits!

Address: Monterey Bay Aquarium is located at 886 Cannery Row Monterey, CA 93940

Opening Hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.


What we did at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Sea Otters

Name of Otters at Monterey Bay Aquarium
Name of Otters at

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Otters Chilling at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Otters Chilling at the

Monterey Bay Aquarium


Otters Flipping and Turning
Otters Flipping and Turning

The sea otters are the cutest creatures at the Monterey Bay Aquarium! You’ll be able to come up close to them at the sea otters zone. During feeding times, you’ll also see them chewing furiously at the mix of clams and squid. It is also great to know that the aquarium spends alot of effort to make sure that their guests (such as the sea otters) are well taken care of, particularly for their diet.

Tentacles

Entrance to Tentacles at Monterey Bay Aquarium
Entrance to Tentacles at Monterey Bay Aquarium
Bigfin Reef Squid Monterey Bay Aquarium
Bigfin Reef Squid Monterey Bay Aquarium

Pharaoh Cuttlefish Monterey Bay Aquarium
Pharaoh Cuttlefish Monterey Bay Aquarium
Giant Octopus moving towards us Monterey Bay Aquarium
Entrance to Tentacles at

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Giant Octopus edging even closer
Giant Octopus

edging even closer


Reaching out its tentacles towards us!
Reaching out its

tentacles towards us!

Do you know about the difference between squids, cuttlefish and octopus? Find out at the Tentacles zone! Caution: if you lean too close to the exhibits, they may turn colour, squirt ink or reach their tentacles towards you!

Jellies

Info of Sea Nettles at Jellies
Entrance to Tentacles at

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Sea Nettles Monterey Bay Aquarium
Sea Nettles Monterey Bay Aquarium

Moon Jellies Monterey Bay Aquarium
Moon Jellies Monterey Bay Aquarium

According to the expert of the Jellies zone, there are 20 species of jellies but only 14 display windows. This means that you can be assured that each exhibit is carefully chosen so that the best is always on display at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Enchanted Kelp Forest

Enchanted Kelp Forest Monterey Bay Aquarium
Enchanted Kelp Forest

Monterey Bay Aquarium

School of fish and kelp
School of fish and kelp

Double Storey Kelp display at Monterey Bay Aquarium
Double Storey Kelp display at

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Touch Pools

Touch Pools @ Kelp Forest
Touch Pools @ Kelp Forest
Bat Ray Touch Pool
Bat Ray Touch Pool

Rocky Shore Touch Pool
Rocky Shore Touch Pool

Kelp (also known as seaweed to most people) helps to regulate the marine cycle as depicted at the “Enchanted Kelp Forest” zone at Monterey Bay Aquarium. The kids will also have a blast enjoying views from the 2 storey high tanks or having an educational tour at one of the many touch pools in the aquarium!

Life in the Open Sea

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Touch Pools @ Kelp Forest
The Open Sea Monterey Bay Aquarium
Open Sea Tank showing sea turtles

hammerhead sharks stingrays


Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey Bay Aquarium

One of our favourite part of the Monterey Bay Aquarium has got to be the “Open Sea”. It is just so enchanting to view these majestic creatures up close. During feeding time, you’ll be able to see the sardines going frantic at their food while the rest of the larger fish (ie blue fin tuna and mahi mahi) teases the sardines. As a result, a majestic, 3 dimensional piece of visual art is formed by the sardines. Beautiful! Check out this video during feeding time!

Outdoors of Monterey Bay Aquarium

Demo of Tide Pool
Demo of Tide Pool
Great Tide Pool
Great Tide Pool

Monterey Bay Aquarium


Pacific Ocean in the background
Pacific Ocean in the background

The Great Tide Pool outdoors of the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a great example of how the aquarium integrates with its surrounding. As the tides rise, you’ll be able to see some “visitors” drop by at the tide pool. During this visit, we saw urchins and star fish in the tide pool…


Monterey Bay Aquarium Cafe

Cindy's Waterfront Restaurant and Cafe
Cindy’s Waterfront Restaurant and Cafe
Cannery Row Chicken Enchilada
Cannery Row Chicken Enchilada

California Clam Chowder
California Clam Chowder

After a day of walking about the Monterey Bay Aquarium, a good place to take a break would be at the cafe. This time, we tried the California Clam Chowder and Cannery Row Chicken Enchilada. The Enchilada was slightly spicy and was a big portion, good for 2 to share. Water is also complimentary at the drinks fountain.

If you ask us how the Monterey Bay Aquarium compares with the SEA Aquarium in Singapore, we would say that they’re a tie. Both had some world class exhibits and their own merits. What we love about the Monterey Bay Aquarium is the space and open concept. If you’d like to visit another zone, just feel free to do so. Plus, there are so many kids friendly zones, parents would be able to kick back a little while the kids get tonnes of education from the many exhibits at the Monterey Bay Aquarium!

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