When I was 14, my parents took us on a cruise around the Caribbean. My parents had been on a cruise before, but family cruises are more expensive and I never really expected to be invited along. One of my favorite activities was when we went snorkeling in the Bahamas. In fact, I liked it so much we rented snorkeling equipment later on and went by ourselves. I’m a pretty claustrophobic person, so snorkeling is not the easiest for me. But the reward, seeing pretty fish and marine life, is so worth it. So worth it, in fact, that when I was a senior in high school I went on a trip to the Bahamas with my Marine Biology class where we had to snorkel at least two times a day to collect data on different fish species.
I almost never get to go snorkeling anymore, so when R suggested we all go to the Monterrey Bay Aquarium, I was psyched.
I was a little less psyched when I found out the price: $33.00 per person! But, R’s aunt is a member so our group ended up getting in for half price. And R explained that the money is for a good cause: rescuing and protecting marine life.
It’s hard to pick my favorite exhibit. The seahorses were really cool. It’s just hard for me to fathom that a creature like that even exists. And it’s the only species where the MALES give birth. Now that’s a species I can get behind.
I also really enjoyed petting the stingrays. They were de-stinged, of course. I may or may not have had to fight my way around multiple little children, but by golly, I got to touch a stingray! It was slimy.
I also enjoyed the jellyfish and the turtles, and I’ll always have a soft spot for tropical fish after my experience snorkeling in the Bahamas.
If you’re going to visit the Aquarium, I suggest going on a weekday, because there are a TON OF CHILDREN on the weekends.
886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA
Open Daily, 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Students and Seniors: $29.95