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(36 miles north) The excellent Monterey Bay Aquarium is a fun and educational journey focused mainly on the ocean and shoreline ecology of California. Touch manta rays and starfish in the hands-on exhibits; view deep sea creatures, sharks, sunfish, and sea turtles; a huge variety of otherworldly jellyfish; coastal shorebirds including penguins; and a three-story-high recreated kelp forest with simulated ocean waves. Otters often frolic just off the outdoor viewing decks. The Aquarium also houses a wildlife rehabilitation program and promotes ocean conservation and sustainable seafood consumption. The onsite restaurant offers delicious sustainable cuisine. www.montereybayaquarium.org (831) 648 4800
(36 miles north) This historic waterfront location was made famous by John Steinbeck’s book of the same name. No longer a sardine cannery, the area boasts restaurants, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, indoor mini golf, a wax museum, gift shops, art galleries, boutiques, cafés, kayak and bike rentals, whale watching and more. Fun for the whole family.
(31 miles north) Enjoy breathtaking views along the Pacific coastline and experience the shady Monterey pines of Del Monte Forest on your ride. www.pebblebeach.com/equestrian-center/trail-rides/
(3 miles north) Specializing in personalized adventure for individuals, families and groups. Hiking & picnic excursions; helicopter tours; whale watching; aquarium tours; world class golfing; sailing cruises; kayaking; paddle boarding; bicycling; lunch & wine tasting; shopping tours; Pebble Beach, Carmel & Big Sur driving tours and historic Monterey & museum tours. www.bigsurguides.com (831) 594 1742 or email [email protected]