Monterey Aquarium and Cannery Row Walking

Early before the Monterey Aquarium opened, we went to the bay. This is John Steinbeck territory and this garden is dedicated to him. The statue in the distance, includes friends and characters from his stories.

Steinbeck Statue

Shopping and eating opportunities abound – but are outdone by the gardens and

Cannery Row parkthe beauty of the bay.

Monterey Beach

Not being completely foolish, we went to the Monterey Aquarium before it was completely full of visitors. The building design pays homage to the fish canneries that used to line the shore.

Cannery Aquarium

More importantly, it excels at caring for the birds, fish and animals of the Monterey Bay – and educating thousands of daily visitors about them.

Kelp tank

Small part of giant Kelp tank

Anemone

Anemone tank

There are many ways to learn. A visit to the Real-Cost Cafe is a fun interactive display, where you learn the consequences of ordering Swordfish – or other fish. Click Seafood Watch Program, for more information on the program and for a list of recommended seafood choices.

Real Cost of Seafood

One of the most fascinating exhibits are the tanks and tanks of jellyfish. (I just read a novel where the murder weapon was a stinging jellyfish.)

It’s even fun to watch young children explore the world under crashing waves –

under crashing wave

or just outside looking over Monterey Bay.Long view

We did explore more – at an indoor/outdoor beach with birds, shark tank, touch tanks, otter feeding and open sea feeding.

And we had a delicious lunch before heading out. This way heads to Lover’s Point where we were two days before. It’s a mile away.

Bike walk to Pacific Grove

Trail to Pacific GroveThe other way heads towards the Monterey Wharf.

Monterey trail

Cannery Row trail

Yield signSome hints of the past – a train line –

train trail

and one of the last remnants of how Cannery Row’s housing used to be.

Cannery Row housing

We had a rich morning visiting this part of Monterey – but we were off to another stop.

Hope you are enjoying our Monterey Peninsula tour – two more to go. Stay tuned.

Words and pictures by Lynn Millar.

JellyfishPacific Grove  – Jack’s PeakGarland Ranch Carmel

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