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Monterey Bay Aquarium
NileGuide Expert Says:
Purchase tickets ahead of time and arrive after lunch to avoid long lines. Don’t miss the feeding sessions and “touch pools”.
886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA, United States
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a world class facility located in the heart of Cannery Row, housed (somewhat ironically) in a repurposed sardine and squid cannery at the ocean's edge. The exhibits are mesmerizing, engaging, entertaining, and simply beautiful. The interactive areas (touch pools, under-the-sea themed play area) are a huge hit with children. This is a must, especially for families. To avoid long lines and heavy crowds, buy tickets in advance (to queue in the "have tickets" line) and visit during the fall and winter months (other than holidays) between 2 and 6 P.M. During peak summer months, mid-week is best. To save money, find on-street parking around Foam St. and David St, and pack a lunch for the aquarium's picnic area. For an extra $10, get a behind-the-scenes tour. If you are visiting during the holidays, don't miss the New Years Eve black-tie gala.