The Magic of the Monterey Bay Aquarium
A visit to Monterey, California just isn't complete without experiencing the magic of the Monterey Bay Aquarium located on historic, Cannery Row. From behind the scenes tours to self-guided adventures, a day at the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a must. Our experts here at the Portola Hotel & Spa are excited to share some of our favorite exhibits and tours to help inspire your itinerary planning for your next trip to Monterey! You can even get a jump start and some inspiration, by viewing the Aquarium's live cams here.
With a variety of tours offered (for an additional fee from the general admission), experience the best of the Aquarium up close and personal. A couple of our favorites include the Sea Otter Conservation Tour and the Feed the Fish Tour. All tours are led by knowledgeable and passionate volunteers filled with fun and enthusiasm. Guides are happy to answer questions along the way during these 30-minute tours. To view a list of tours and experiences visit the Aquarium's website.
You won't believe your eyes as you gaze at schools of thousands of sardines, tiger sharks, jelly fish, octopus, sea otters, and so much more. Definite must sees are the Kelp Forest, Open Sea, Sea Otters, Tentacles – well actually – they are all a must see! It's just too difficult to pick a few- learn all about them here.
DAILY SHOWS & FEEDINGS
Now, this is a must see and do! Make sure when planning your day, that you include time to view a feeding show. Check the daily program schedule at guest services upon your arrival, as times may change. Experience Penguin Feeding time, Sea Otter Feeding, Open Sea Feeding, and of course, Kelp Forest Feeding! Most feedings are interactive and narrated by underwater divers, docents, or marine biologists. Feeding and show time descriptions are available via the Aquarium's website.
*All photos courtesy of the Monterey Bay Aquarium