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- Had a wonderful time at this extremely large aquarium. Very efficient and quick moving line to get in the facility. The exhibits were amazing and all the different species of sea life was quite impressive.Written 24 November 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- There are a few entry gates to the 17 mile drive. I found the best was to enter on the coast by Pacific Grove. It costs $11.50 to enter, a map is provided. Take your time. There is ample parking at viewpoints, but we were there in November, not peak season. The coastline is stunning. I thought it was good at Pacific Grove, but 27 mile drive is even better. End the tour if you can at Carmel. A very attractive town, just don't try to but anything there without a bank loan!Written 16 November 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Beautiful city. Lovely views. Very touristy. Enjoyed walking Fisherman's Wharf and Cannery Row. Great restaurants and shopping. The sea lions were loud and fun. A true California experiences.Written 2 October 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Great polace to take kids, lots of unique play places, but a bit of love will go a long way. Fill in the puddles, and pull the weeds.Written 10 November 2022
- We walked the trail from San Carlos Beach to Fisherman's Wharf, and there must have been over a thousand sea lions on the weekend we happened to be there. I asked a ranger who said that this many sea lions was not normal. The ocean was filled with barking sea lions and just about every space on the beach, rocks, stairs, etc., was filled with sea lions. One was even laying down on the side walk where everyone was walking. It was a magical sight. While, as the ranger said, it is rare that there are this many sea lions, I imagine there are still plenty to see at any other time, as well. If you are there, you may also want to walk down the Coast Guard Pier (near San Carlos Beach) to also see sea lions. Note: The walk itself is easy, paved and mostly flat. There are benches and tables along the way.Written 25 September 2022
- This area is like a small version of the wharf in San Francisco. We got to see a couple of sea lions. It's mostly restaurants and touristy shops.Written 16 November 2022
- The first time we came here in August, we walked down the pier and there were sea lions all along the way. In some cases, they were only a few yards away, on the other side of the fence on the rocks. At the end of the pier, we saw hundreds of cormorants. Also, along the pier are some of the Coast Guard vessels. When we came back in Sept, the Coast Guard had an event in the small park near San Carlos Beach and the ships were also open. We went on board and were able to ask questions to the Coast Guard member, which was rather interesting. Note: Also, in Sept, there were a lot fewer sea lions on the pier, as they were all in the bay area, along the walkway to Fisherman's Wharf.Written 25 September 2022
- Lovely shopping district within walking distance of the aquarium and Fisherman's Wharf. Cute shops. Touristy.Written 2 October 2022
- The Cannery Row area is a must visit for visitors. Some very good restaurants around. The Cannery Row Monument offers some great pictures.Written 14 August 2022
- ... right up the hill from the Navy Lodge I'm staying at here in Monterey. I was here for 10 days back in May I think it was and I would have definitely come here to hike if I would have known about it. Really nice, easy trails to navigate. Is perfect weather today. Tried the short and easy Skyline Trail first which had a few epic views of Monterey and the bay. Then made a big loop with the Iris and Rhus Trails. They were up and down a little - a bit steep(ish) in a couple spots. Then I finished with the Jacks Peaks Trail which Wasn't all that difficult either. I guess I jacked up my knee some more With the almost three and a half miles I did here. It's been hurting a few days but now it really feels on edge. Not a good way to start my upcoming trip to... Oh yea, I was thinking a little about Dan and Mary's son Jack and his wife Alexa today because of the name. I think they're visiting him today or tomorrow. They're good people.Written 13 October 2021
- If you haven't been to Monterey before, take the trolley to get an idea of what is different areas of the city. The trolley is free and the entire round trip takes about 20-25 minutes.Written 3 September 2021
- This is a very large area extending down towards Big Sur with great coastal views when you can see lots of wildlife: sea otters, sea lions, whales off in the distance and lots of flowers along trailsWritten 20 June 2022
- Right next to our hotel. Ducked into the free museum. Unguided tour. Beautiful grounds. Not for a whole day. Maybe an hour.Written 29 August 2021
- As a marine biology student at Stanford in the 1950's, I came with classes, to Hopkins Marine Station, and visited what was left of Doc Rickett's legacy on The Row. We all had copies of his seminal work on Pacific Coast marine biology - "Between Pacific Tides" - and we tried to find all the invertebrates that he so carefully described.
Seventy years later, it is nostalgic to find that some small remnants of his work is left (if you would like to read his book, the MBAQ has it in their bookstore), and especially gratifying to introduce a grandchild who wants to be a "biologist" to this fascinating subject.
Most visitors don't know that the "bike path" along Cannery Row is actually the old Southern Pacific railroad right-of-way that served the canneries and the tourists in Carmel, and that Doc Ricketts was killed by a train at the crossing just in front of the current Aquarium.Written 25 July 2022
- San Carlos Cathedral is the oldest stone building in California. Park up for free on the street outside and go in and sit quietly. You will feel the peace and it will surround you.Written 26 June 2022
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