A sea otter holds its paws up to its face.

Visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium

From the very beginning, the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s mission has been conservation, and they’re not shy about it: all the exhibits you’ll see contain only local sea life. While the aquarium is fun any time of year, week, or day, some things—such as feeding time, or when rarer species such as the great white shark are on display—are worth making the effort to plan out your visit.

A striped orange and white nautilus at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

What to See in Monterey, California

The best days in Monterey are picture perfect: It’s no wonder that so many artists have been inspired to paint this land- and seascape. Here are recommended sights including the must-see Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Spectators watch as two dolphins leap synchronized out of the water.

Water Parks and Swimming with Dolphins in Cancún

Depending on your comfort and price range, you can interact with dolphins with a simple “fin shake” or enroll in a “trainer for a day” program. Read more to find out where you can swim with dolphins in Cancún, as well as where to cool off in a classic water park.