A Day in Monterey

During my week in California, I spent an entire day in Monterey. I added Monterey to my list of places to visit in California after hearing a lot of good things about the city, especially the aquarium and beaches. After driving an hour and a half from San Francisco to Monterey, the first thing we did was visit the aquarium.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is located on Cannery Row. It’s a nonprofit aquarium with some of the most breathtaking exhibits I have ever seen. Below are some pictures documenting my 2-hour visit there.

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Kelp Forest – one of the tallest aquarium exhibits in the world at 28 ft.
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Taken at the Sandy Shore and Aviary Exhibit
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Breathtaking entrance to the Open Sea exhibits
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Jellies!
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A lone Comb Jelly
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Sea Nettle
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In case you can’t tell by the abundance of jelly pictures, I spent the most time marveling over the jelly exhibits. These moon jellies were my favorite 🙂
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The aquarium’s largest exhibit featuring one of the world’s largest single-pane windows.
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So creepy yet so cool.
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African Penguins!
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Marlin, Nemo, and Dory in real life!
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Anyone know why sea otters rub their cheeks so often?

After the aquarium, we grabbed lunch and then headed to the nearby Ghiradelli Chocolate Shop on Cannery row for some ice cream.

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Ordered a Crissy Field sundae with hot chocolate

After leaving Cannery row, we went on the famed 17-mile drive. It costs $10 to drive through the scenic road along the Pacific coastline. The drive runs through Pacific Grove to Pebble beach. Below are some pictures taken at some of the stops we made along the drive.

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Made our first stop at the Pebble Beach Golf Course
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Had the opportunity to walk the entire course
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Spanish Bay
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Point Joe

A day in Monterey is a day well-spent. Although it was a little rainy and cloudy, I still had an amazing time. It’s definitely a place I’ll want to revisit in the future 🙂

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