When I woke up this morning I had a few ideas of where I would like to spend some quiet time. Since I love the ocean and still had a mad craving for caramel apples, I narrowed my choices down to two: Santa Cruz or Monterey. I chose the latter, as I figured the Boardwalk would be full of people on spring break.
A pirate greeter on Cannery Row.
One of the many exhibits.
The Ocean's Edge area
One of the large tanks.
Not a great photo, but you can just make out a ray in this tank.
Peeking in an interactive exhibit.
Some decorative elements.
Ocean traveler's exhibit.
A Califia-sized entryway.
More fun props.
Upstairs there is a hands-on area for kids to explore and learn more about ocean mammals. In the corner is a place where one can make a crayon rubbing from plates of different marine mammals.
Getting some fresh ocean air on the upstairs deck.
While looking in the water I saw a family of otters frolicking, enjoying the sunshine.
It was a warm, sunny day with just a gentle breeze and not a cloud in the sky.
Getting a closer look at sea life.
The "new" Splash Zone, which is pretty much the "old" Splash Zone.
Is that Gil from "Finding Nemo?"
A giant shell, a great photo opportunity.
The gift shop in the background.
The Kelp Forest.
A tank of small mollusks.
Observing shore birds in the Aviary.
A Dwarf Perch.
Taking another fresh air break on one of the decks.
A bronze statue of an otter.
Another otter statue in the "Wild About Otters" exhibit.
My day at the aquarium was enjoyable. I blew through there and saw all I wanted to see in a short time. I had to refuel at the Starbucks in Cannery Row before heading to Fisherman's Wharf.