Located an hour and a half south of Palo Alto in Monterey, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has been delighting visitors with its numerous displays of marine life since it opened on Oct. 20, 1984.
The aquarium estimates that annually some 1.8 million people visit, making it one of California’s top tourist attractions. The aquarium’s most popular exhibits include the playful sea otters and the penguin habitat, both of which offer feedings and shows narrated by aquarium staff. The aquarium is also currently featuring a special exhibit, The Secret Life of Sea Horses.
The aquarium is an easy drive from the Peninsula, making it a fun destination for families looking to celebrate Martin Luther King Day with a day trip. In the video below, Peninsula Press reporter Doug Ray captures some of the marine life visitors can take in at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.