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Monterey Bay Aquarium to open "Ocean's Edge" in 2005
The Monterey Bay Aquarium first opened its doors in 1984, and it has been one of California's prime attractions ever since. Its exhibits are consistently innovative, appealing, and exciting to viewers of all ages, yet its educational message underlies all its activities.

A walk-through wave crash, expanded touch pools and aviary, and high-definition video exhibits are highlights of the aquarium's new exhibit, "Ocean's Edge: Coastal Habitats of Monterey Bay," opening on May 28, 2005. A renovation of many near shore exhibits that have anchored the aquarium since it opened, "Ocean’s Edge" reintroduces visitors to the coastal habitats of California’s central coast. Other features include expanded Coastal Wetlands and Sandy Shores galleries, a Living Wharf gallery that addresses healthy fishing and ocean wildlife, and intimate “jewel case” exhibits.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2004 with renovations and the opening of Sharks: Myth and Mystery. To learn more about "Ocean's Edge," "Sharks: Myth and Mystery," and other exhibits and events, visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium's website at www.montereybayaquarium.org.

Photo credit: Scalloped hammerhead shark (Sphyma lewini), photo by Howard Hall.


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Monterey Attractions


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What to do and Where to go

National Steinbeck CenterFrom the world-class Monterey Bay Aquarium to the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, Monterey County offers an endless list of fantastic things to see and do, for both the first-time and the regular visitor. With so many options, it's best to plan your itinerary in advance, so you don't miss the attractions you really want to see. This website can help you do just that.

History buffs will enjoy walking Monterey's Path of History, looking for landmarks like Custom House, Cooper-Molera Adobe, and The House of the Blue Gate. If you love the outdoors, go tide pooling along the rocky shore, ride horseback over open meadows, or hike in one of our many nature preserves. For a more romantic getaway, indulge in one of our many pampering spas or hideaway resorts.

Spiritual speakers might find inspiration at Esalen in Big Sur, or by walking the new labyrinth near the mouth of Carmel Valley. Shoppers discover something in every price range, with dozens of local 'treasures' across the county. And families traveling with the kids should check out our Family and Children link for a list of great activities and attractions that enthrall adults and youngsters alike.

Don't worry if you can't fit it all in on one trip. It just means you now have a great excuse to return time and time again!



Monterey County Attractions


A Taste of Monterey Wine Tasting Centers
Monterey and Salinas

Cannery Row
Monterey


Carmel Mission
Carmel-by-the-Sea


Dennis the Menace Playground
Monterey

Earthbound Farm
Carmel Valley


Edgewater Family Fun Center
Monterey

Elkhorn Slough
Moss Landing


The Farm
Salinas

Fisherman's Wharf
Monterey


Ghost Walk of Old Monterey
Monterey

The Maritime Museum of Monterey & Stanton Center
Monterey


Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca
Monterey-Salinas

Mission San Antonio de Padua
King City

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey

Monterey County Parks
All Monterey County


Monterey County Youth Museum (MY Museum)
Monterey

Monterey Fairgrounds & Exposition Park
Monterey

Monterey Museum of Art
Monterey

Monterey State Historic Park
Monterey


Monterey Wine Country
All Monterey County

National Steinbeck Center
Salinas


Old Monterey Market Place
Monterey

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
Pacific Grove

Point Pinos Lighthouse
Pacific Grove

Point Sur Lightstation
Carmel-by-the-Sea


Recreation Trail
Castroville to Pacific Grove

Redwings Horse Sanctuary
Lockwood


San Carlos Beach Diving
Monterey

Soledad Mission
Soledad


Steinbeck's Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum
Monterey

Ventana Wilderness Sanctuary
Big Sur

Wild Things
Salinas


Monterey County Attractions


Bonfante Gardens Family Theme Park
Gilroy

Hearst Castle
San Simeon

Roaring Camp & Big Trees Railroad
Felton

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Santa Cruz

Winchester Mystery House
San Jose