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Richard says ...
I have never been, so I cannot leave a specific comment about Monterey Bay Aquarium. The only aquarium I have been to, is the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. Every couple of years, our school would do field trips to Chicago from where I lived in Wisconsin. It always was a wonderful experience that has stayed in my heart. What wonderfully unique and beautiful creatures I would see. I would love to re-experience the awe that I felt at those field trips when I was young.
05/14/2011 12:49:55 PM CDT
Staci DeShasier says ...
It was "Love at the Aquarium" a special Valentine's weekend evening event at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, 2003. It sounded like a fun weekend on the coast so I bought two tickets for my then boyfriend and I. Little did I know it would be one of the most romantic nights of my life which would include a Wedding Proposal. We arrived at the aquairum dressed to the nines and we ushered to the "Jellies" exhibit. The lights were turned down, and a romantic glow illuminated from the jellifish tanks and candle light at tables trhoughout the exhibit. We dined on fine wine, prime rib and roasted veggies while jazz saxaphone (my favorite) played in the background. Private and peacedful dinner was exquisite. We were then led into the main part of the Aquarium where we were invited to roam around as we pleased, free from crowds at this couples only event. Red and pink spot lights shone of the dance floor while a DJ spun romantic tunes. My "I don't dance" boyfriend even took me for a spin or two around the dancefoor. Chocolate and wine tastings were available on every floor and throughout our self-guided tour. We sat for a lecture regarding the mating habits of penguins, giggled and moved on to the "petting zoo" exhibit to pet some starfish. Then my guy led me up and elevator of sorts that took us to the very top of the shark tank. Unbenost to me, as I was looking down at the sharks deep in the water he was already down on one knee! The ring was beautiful, he was as handsome and charming as I had ever seen him, and he asked me to be his wife. I said "of course I will marry you" my heart was beating a million times a minute and the wine tasting was really stating to go to my head! We went back downstairs so he could use the mens room and while I sat on a bench waiting I was just bursting with excitement, I had to tell someone, anyone! Just a few momenents he came out and couldn't find me because I was in a crowd of woman all investigating my ring and jumping up and down with me. It was the most romantic day I had ever experienced and though we have had many romantic days since, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a special place where the love of my life asked me to be his forever. On our wedding day, my father presented us with a framed lithograph of the Aquarium mural that resides in Canary row. Two children later (and one on the way) our lives have changed in many ways but our cherished momento is proudly displayed in our home, always.
05/14/2011 1:15:52 PM CDT
Hoam Lee says ...
When the morning sun woke me up for another day of 5th grade. I jumped out of bed, got dressed in a spiffy and ran out the door to catch the bus. Today was the day the aquarium was going to come visit. My teacher had invited a mobile aquarium to come and teach us about marine life! I had never seen these sea creatures except through ink printed books. As the time drew near for my class to enter into a big truck trailer named the "Aquarium Mobile," I could barely hold my excitement in as the kids before us came out with jumbles of words and smiley faces. Finally, walking into the Aquarium Mobile, I became fascinated with the bright colored drawings of sea life, the marine biologist explaining the different creatures, and the live touchable tide pool. I touched my first anemone, and then it shot out poop. I grazed a real life ray and remember giggling at how cute it was. Now I'm 24, and still that memory and the thought of an aquarium makes me elated and in wide-eye wonder of a home and an environment so different from ours on the land.
05/14/2011 1:27:25 PM CDT
Jennie Schultz says ...
Got to see the sea otters!
05/14/2011 1:37:31 PM CDT
susan t. says ...
I believe in the power of healing waters & feel it's so important to experience how we are all connected by the ocean that brings us together as one on this planet. I have visited aquariums & swam with the fish on all the continents that sustain life & would love the opportunity to experience Monterey Bay Aquarium for the first time. Thank you for offering an opportunity to the community I now call home. I'm sure this will be an incredible experience for the lucky winner!
05/14/2011 2:01:56 PM CDT
Nancy Curdts says ...
I just love to sit in front of the kelp exhibit. I'm just mesmerized by the gentle movement. It is wonderfully meditative.
05/14/2011 3:06:32 PM CDT
Ann Leach says ...
My favorite memory at Monterey Aquarium happend 15 years ago on the observation deck.I wa there with my husand looking over the railing into the bay and I realized that I could see all the way to the bottom floor of the bay.Amazing, beautiful, enchanting and exciting.To be able to identify items in the bay off our coast.Something I had never experienced in my life.When I close my eyes today I can still see the beautiful seaweads,rock formations,starfish,sea cukes and more...What a lovely lifetime memory for me.Thank you Monterey Aquarium for being so involved with the ecology of California and being there for all people to learn and enjoy.
05/14/2011 3:30:15 PM CDT
sharon Dennis says ...
Took my daughter and Mother-in-Law to the aquarium and enjoyed the many fantastic exhibits. We especially loved the feeding time of the otters and feeding time in the kelp forest. Also, we enjoyed sitting outside with our meal and blissfully watching the ocean and sealife that were visible during that time. Monterey Bay Aquarium is a gem on the Northern Pacific coast of California that is offered to the public. A uniquely exquisite way to provide an education opportunity to the people who are fortunate enough to be able to visit.
05/14/2011 3:39:58 PM CDT
Pam Saling says ...
What if you haven't been there, should I make something up?? No but we would love to win and then be able to take my 4 year old daughter to then share the memories with you!
05/14/2011 4:39:06 PM CDT
Priscilla says ...
I love the aquarium. My favorite memory was a jelly fish exhibit. So amazing! I would't have see anything like this without the Monteray Museum. Thank you.
05/14/2011 5:00:49 PM CDT
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05/14/2011 5:12:14 PM CDT
Lauren C says ...
My husband and I took our son to Monterey Bay Aquarium when he was younger and we had a great time. I was recently looking at the great pics we took as a family and with my son sittin with a penguin swimming behind his shoulder! We would love to go back again soon.
05/14/2011 5:22:35 PM CDT
Lisa Flato says ...
Two years ago we went on a family "baby moon", including myself, my husband and our son of 4 1/2 years of age, to the Aquarium. It was a perfect get a way to enjoy each others company before we became a foursome. The whole aquarium is magical to us, since we all are in awe of underwater life. We loved the quite solitude of watching the river otters frolic together, and to watch a sea otter in the ocean through the telescope on the pier. Actually, the otters in the ocean were engaging in the natural act of trying to make their own additions to their family. We told my son they were "playing" together, and truth be told...they were! Lots of undertones of human and animal sexuality on that trip kept arising, as would be appropriate as we were about to go through the birthing process ourselves with loads of questions and curiosities. However, our family favorite was the Sea Horse Exhibit. Favorite because of course the Daddy's are the birthers,and we all thought that was pretty special. We humans know the joke of course is if the males in our society were to birth the babies we would have been extinct long ago! I don't know that I believe this fully since I have known many strong and sensitive men in my life, but it still gets a giggle none the less. We cannot wait to take our now almost two year old daughter to the aquarium, and I know our son is looking forward to showing her the big tank with all the sea life(including sharks!) living in harmony. sincerely, Lisa Flato Petaluma, CA
05/14/2011 5:52:47 PM CDT
Julie says ...
The jellyfish are amazing. They are so graceful and mesmerizing to watch. Have not been to Monterey in years and will be in Carmel in August and plan to visit the Aquarium again. It's such a wonderful experience.
05/14/2011 6:14:18 PM CDT
Vicki Mayster says ...
I have a beautiful video on my camera of the magnificent, graceful, yet poisonous jellies -- the blues, oranges and whites of the jellies and the exhibit are stunning. I'm looking forward to going back to see them again.
05/14/2011 7:08:21 PM CDT
Katherine Couture says ...
My favorite Monterey Bay aquarium memory is with my daughter when she was a toddler. We use to live in Monterey County, and I use to take my daughter (first born) to the aquarium often. We'd go to watch them feed the sharks and all the fish, and the otters. After our first visit there, she would ask my husband and I to make up stories every night at bedtime and nap time, about our trip to the aquarium. We have very fond memories of the Monterey aquarium. We have moved further north now, but still when we have the opportunity I take guests to visit. I'd love to win two tickets to take my daughter there for her milestone birthday "25" coming up soon. Katherine
05/14/2011 8:17:22 PM CDT
Gina Hyde says ...
We love the Monterey Aquarium!!! We are a family of 4 and now days it is to expensive to just drive down there for a day of fun.We start saving up early in the year after having a Garage sale and saving up by walking to school rather using the care we able to go to the Aquarium. I grew up in Europe and this is by far the best Aquarium in the world. Can't wait to go again!!
05/14/2011 8:24:29 PM CDT
Linda says ...
Unfortunately, we have not yet been able to enjoy taking our grandchildren to the aquarium but hope to do so soon. We have heard about the many interesting things to enjoy there.
05/14/2011 8:32:46 PM CDT
Charlotte Lesch says ...
Last year, at age 60, I drove down to the Monterey Aquarium and was amazed at the displays of aquatic life. I was mezmerized by two sites in particular; the sea horses and the jelly fish. I never knew that the male seahorses give birth! They start off so tiny and depending on their species, can grow to the size of your hand. The dragon seahorses are amazing...just like dragons...and they glide so elegantly throught the water, with just 2 tiny wings on their back. One kept swimming over and eyeing me numerous times. I wasn't aware of his behavior until an employee and other individuals at the exhibit brought his "flirty nature" to my attention. I would like to see if his attention reoccurs, should I get to visit again. The jellyfish are quite intriging. They float down through the water, and then, sommersault themselves over and floating back to the top of the aquarium...only to do the stunt over and over again. It would help cardiac patients to lower their heart rate and blood pressure during recovery. I wish the aquarium had a free day, once a year. It is hard for many individuals to pay the entrance price. Thank you for your time and consideration, Charlotte Lesch
05/14/2011 8:42:31 PM CDT
Jennifer Kenny says ...
My favorite memory was of the jelly fish exhibit. I got some awesome pictures. I could have watched for hours....the gentle quiet sway was so beautiful and peaceful. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful place to visit. I can't wait to take my daughter there and share the wonder with her!
05/14/2011 9:40:27 PM CDT
Teresa says ...
Two memories: One for each of my children. My younger daughter - two at the time - was mezmerized by an exhibit about water; she used her wide-ranging imagination to discover how many different ways she could play with water. My older daughter - six at our visit - was thrilled to observe many tanks of sea horses at different ages from "just out of the pouch" on up to adulthood. She was intrigued with the idea that male seahorses took care of the young and kept asking, "Is that really true; does the daddy really keep the babies in HIS pouch?" We have fine pictures of them astride the giant seahorse statue.
05/14/2011 10:11:47 PM CDT
Kelly Murphy says ...
I love the tropical fish exhibits... it is amazing to see the vibrant colors of the various types of sea life. I can remember just standing and watching in awe of the beauty that lives in the oceans.
05/14/2011 10:14:32 PM CDT
Amber says ...
My favorite memory of the Monterey Bay Aquarium would have to go back about 25 years to when it was first opened. Our class went on a field trip when I was about 7 and it was truly a life changing experience! I still have memories of walking in and seeing the life sized whale compared to a school bus...it just blew my mind! (And still does!) I'm so greatful that I can share the Aquarium with my own kids now too and watch the wonder on their faces. I've spent many, many happy hours at the Aquarium, learning about our wonderful, amazingly diverse ocean. Thank you MBA!
05/14/2011 11:39:58 PM CDT
Mark says ...
My favorite memory is standing in front of one of their beautiful exhibit windows, pointing at a moray eel and singing "when the moon hits the sky like a big pizza pie, ats a moray." The reason I loved this is because my teenage daughers thought I had gone crazy, and they were pretty embarrassed. As I told them later, "it's every father's job to embarrass his daughters at least once in their lives." Besides this, I have nothing but fond memories of our visit to such a beautiful place.
05/15/2011 1:39:56 AM CDT
feebs says ...
Many years ago my sons and I went to the Monteray Bay Aquiarium with our friend Stephan and saw the amazing jellyfish exibit... Afterwards we went to dinner to a sushi restaurant. It was a very difficult meal...
05/15/2011 1:59:37 AM CDT

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