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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
Sarah says ...
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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
Robyn I says ...
The first time I'd ever seen strawberry anemones was many years ago at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. They were so tiny and fairy like that I felt like I was in a miniature pink world. It was difficult to move on to any other exhibit since I was so transfixed. Even now, any time I see them, I think of that first time I "met" them and am taken back in time. If you catch me while I'm looking at them, I'm always smiling.
05/15/2011 2:03:03 AM CDT
Gill says ...
My fondest memory is from 1995 when my boyfriend (now husband) took me down there for a romantic weekend. I was thinking the aquarium was hardly a place for romance, but surprisingly, being surrounded by all the flowing, silky beauty of the water and amazing creatures, it was very romantic. We loved the seals, because of the way you could watch them in their natural habitat as they played in the ocean, not in some man made tank! We got a picture taken, and believe it or not, it is still on our fridge - a little faded, but still a great memory of a fun trip! We now have 2 children who need to see what a fun place to visit - the Monterey Bay Aquarium!
05/15/2011 10:07:57 AM CDT
terry burbank says ...
we took our son there when he was 8 for Shark week, he really liked sharks. At a kiosks outside the shark exhibit, there was a a lady with several shark related items and questions and started asking Marcus if he knew the answers. He knew about 90% of the answers. The lady was very impressed and told us about the teen internship program, she thought Marcus would fit right in!
05/15/2011 10:45:30 AM CDT
manuel manzo says ...
My favorite moment was always going with my nephew who had leukemia... His favorite spot was always going to the million gallon tank and sit there for hours... And watch the fish... That's were we had a lot of good conversations... So every time I go i always go to to our favorite spot.. And I will always remember our long conversations we had... He will always be missed =)
05/15/2011 2:38:25 PM CDT
Shanny says ...
There are lots of favorite memories for me at the Monterey Bay Aquarium but one moment really stands out. We happened to get to the aquarium early enough to see a feeding in the Outer Bay. We watched the tuna dive for food, the sharks become a bit more aggressive than normal and a beautiful Sunfish who sauntered about staying clear of the ravenous fish pushing there way about to get to the food being dropped in. That was a pretty spectacular moment sitting up against the glass in the darkened room with the music playing. We later had lunch at the restaurant where they had bread baked in the shape of an otter. Very fun and educational time. I still have a Mola Mola magnet on my fridge from that day.
05/15/2011 5:07:01 PM CDT
Theresa Yadao says ...
My most memorable visit to the aquarium was in 2008. The first time my kids ages 3,4, & 5, sat under the glass where the oceans tides run out. (Near the touch pools area). Their laughter & excitement as the water ran down was priceless!! Although they're now 6,7, & 8, at every visit, we make a point to stop & take videos at that same spot. As for myself, I love the jellyfish exhibit. I can stay & marvel at them for hours!!!
05/15/2011 6:03:23 PM CDT
Penny Leytem says ...
We took our daughters who are now 23,28,29 to the Monterey Bay Aquarium when they were 3,8,9 yrs old. We were walking along and our youngest daughter totally freaks out starts screaming look look it's a Pterodactyl, it's a Pterodactyl!! Well it wasn't exactly a Pterodactyl it was a flamingo hahaha... We all laughed so hard what amazing memories we made that day!!
05/15/2011 8:08:23 PM CDT

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