Thursday, April 4, 2013

Monterey Bay Aquarium: Spring Break Fun

We took a little trip during Spring break to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. While Monterey is only a little over an hour away, I hadn’t been to the aquarium since the older kid was 4. That’s 17 years ago!

Since then, the aquarium has been remodeled, and it’s even more breathtaking than it was back then (or what I remember of it). The (little) kid is 5 now, and he was the perfect age to explore what the aquarium has to offer. He even enjoyed some of the short presentations.

We decided to stay overnight at a local hotel, which allowed us to buy a special ticket only available at participating hotels. For the price of a regular one-day ticket, hotel guests get entrance to the aquarium on two consecutive days. This worked out great, as we visited the aquarium on the first day without the pressure to get a good look at everything as we knew we would return the next day.

The first day, we decided to walk to the aquarium from our hotel. It was about a 3 mile walk round trip. With all the walking at the aquarium, we ended up walking almost 7 miles that day! Let’s just say we all were tired at the end of the day, especially the kid!

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Monterey Bay Aquarium Day 1

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I remembered that there was a Ghirardelli Store on Cannery Row, and I had planned to stop there on our way back to the hotel. 

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After some rest and a little ice cream, the kid had enough energy to continue to walk to the hotel… 

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Monterey Bay Aquarium Day 2

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We finished the day with a late lunch at Schooners before driving home. 

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It was a great, short trip. Hopefully, we’ll make it back to the aquarium sooner than 17 years from now!

Questions: What’s your favorite sea life to explore at an aquarium? 

Be well,
Andrea

24 comments:

  1. Greta,
    In Rostock ist ein wunderschönes Salzaquarium, da war ich schon und in Stralsund im Ozeaneum,auch ganz toll.Vielleicht können wir doch mal nach Leipzig fahren,dauert leider 2 Stunden von Gifhorn aus,da gibt es auch Aquarien und Tropen und und.....

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  2. Hi Andrea! Love the pics. These are really nice glimpses of your life and family. Your son is adorable as usual. All of the pretty pictures make me so excited for spring.

    :-) Marion

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  3. I love going there with the family. We took our kids a few times when they were growing up. I think the jelly fish are so amazing and fun to watch. I enjoy it all!

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    1. Yes, the jelly fish are amazing!

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  4. That looks like so much fun and how I miss CA!!!!! And is that seared Ahi?!?!?! I love love love seared Ahi and order it whenever it's on a menu!

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    1. Yes, I got the seafood salad with ahi, shrimp, and crab meat.

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  5. Glad you had such a fun trip! I have you beat though...last time I was at the Monterey Bay Aquarium was over 20 years ago :-) We are thinking about a family trip up the coast this summer, and for sure we will stop by the Aquarium if we make the trip. I remember being enthrall end by the jellyfish...such a cool place!

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    1. Yes, it's a very cool place. And it's even more fun and impressive after the addition/remodel.

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  6. We have a great aquarium at the coast here in Oregon. It looks like you guys had a great day.

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    1. Yes, it was a nice little getaway.

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  7. What a fun trip! I'm so glad you had a chance to get back there with the kid. You have some gorgeous memories captured in pictures there :)

    Peter and I visited Monterey Bay during a road trip up the coast in 2009 and the aquarium was definitely a highlight. I still remember watching this awesome video taken in the very deep sea that was just unreal.

    Have a great weekend, Andrea! :)

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    1. The videos and presentations at the aquarium are very cool.

      Have a great weekend, too!

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  8. My daughter LOVED the aquarium when she was little. She actually went last summer with friends to see the jelly fish exhibit - so cool!

    Have a great weekend Andrea!

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    1. The jelly fish are so cool!

      Have a great weekend, too!

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  9. I love the Monterey Bay Aquarium! My favorite exhibit - the jellies! The otters are fun too. And looking for the sun fish, which is such a weird looking beast.

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  10. How nice to space it out and not be in a rush! The kid is such a perfect age for this now, I imagine! Your hair is getting so long...I love it :)

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    1. Yes, the kid is at a perfect age. I was actually surprised that he walked the 7 miles on day one without much complaining... I plan to go next time when he can read all the explanations, etc. to make the experience different.

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  11. LOVE all of the pictures! Looks like you guys had a wonderful time - can't wait until baby Beckett can enjoy an aquarium! I've always been fascinated with aquatic life, especially sharks! But as an adult I can't get enough of the penguins and the seals - so. dang. cute!

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    1. You'll have so much fun seeing the aquarium through Beckett's eyes!

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  12. looks like a fun trip, I'm sure the toddler enjoyed a lot! :) i can't wait to take Sofia to one of them too.

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