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  • M H
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take your time and enjoy this amazing and breathtaking scenic journey. 12 dollars was well worth it. Be mindful of the cool wind so dress accordingly. You do not want to miss a stop on the route.
    Written June 15, 2024
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  • DrMom
    Maryland100 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really neat aquarium. The space is beautiful and the exhibits are wonderfully done. The staff is great, kind and knowledgeable. We spent most of the day here. Purchased our tickets on line so entry was super easy.

    It did get really crowded mid day. The price of tickets is high, but I feel worth it. I think they should consider timed tickets for crowd control. The amount of kids running around was crazy, but I blame the parents for that. There are plenty of very kid oriented places in the aquarium.
    Written June 16, 2024
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  • Essa Y
    Santa Clara, CA12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    beautiful, relaxing time walking on the beach and watching animal life or biking along the shore. We biked 28 miles in 4 hours :) The weather is warm during day and slightly chilly during mornings and evenings.
    If you like playing pickleball, there are public courts to play pickleball.
    Written April 17, 2024
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  • Kevin S
    Cincinnati, OH32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a great local park. It has a variety of equipment for various ages. Our daughter enjoyed it more at 7 than 10 but still a good time.
    Written March 31, 2024
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  • Joske
    Oosterhout, The Netherlands444 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We didn’t bike the trial but walked half of the trail. Really great to do. Beautiful coast and we even saw seals! Will give you some beautiful pictures!
    Written November 19, 2023
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  • Waddler
    York, UK11,535 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Its a touristy area but retains some authenticity in its buildings and is an attractive street.

    Loved the Fish Hopper restaurant and we enjoyed Treasure Ride. Of course the aquarium is the big attraction but you might spot sea life anyway, look out for sea otters and sea lions wherever you get an outlook over the bay.
    Written September 6, 2023
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  • Nalah918
    Los Angeles, CA13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice quiet park with lots of easy trails, there were no envelopes provided to pay for entrance, there was a post with a slot where people were dropping cash/donations.
    The park was recently reopened on August not sure why it was closed but I think because all the rain we had a few months ago….
    A few benches along some trails where you take a break if needed with lots of shade. There are tables for a picnic, bathrooms are clean, plenty of parking.
    Overall great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of Monterey.
    Written September 10, 2023
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  • Wendy B
    Monterey County, CA97 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Monterey Museum of Art is a delightful destination in Downtown Monterey! During our recent visit, we were very impressed by the exceptional quality and variety of the exhibits. The interior of the building is not only appealing but also provides a beautiful backdrop to showcase the artwork. The staff's expertise and warmth left a lasting impression, making us feel exceptionally welcome. Having explored numerous museums around the world, I feel that the well-trained staff at the Monterey Museum of Art created an unparalleled sense of comfort and friendliness. They not only answered our questions but also offered insightful background information. A visit to the Monterey Museum of Art is highly recommended!
    Written January 13, 2024
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  • laurahM6799OT
    Cedar Rapids, IA22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The staff was so helpful and the atmosphere and surroundings were so wonderful! They talked us through what we were tasting and made sure we were relaxed and enjoyed ourselves. It’s a MUST TRY!
    Written August 5, 2023
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  • plok319928
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting history on the birth of the state of CA. Very nice historical collection.
    Very knowledgable personnel.
    Written October 15, 2023
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  • Don
    Hatch, UT2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Monterey Bay. Spindrift Inn ocean king room is the perfect place to relax, by the fireplace or in the window seat, and watch the tide roll in. Spindrift is also elegant and romantic. Next door is Giardelli, and within a half block is the Fishhopper restaurant with very good food, and Starbucks and a Turkish coffee shop, and multiple other dining establishments, including the Sardine Factory. The Sock Shop is worth a visit. 17 mile drive is beautiful, past Pebble Beach. Drive to the Carmel Valley for many good wineries. Drive to Big Sur for more stunning seascapes. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is excellent. And finally, take along a copy of John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row, to read during your visit. His stories are all around you.
    Written January 27, 2024
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  • F W
    Saint Louis, MO12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Coast Guard Pier is a great place to see MANY sea lions and otters. The otters play in the kelp fields just offshore and the sea lions are just everywhere. Drawback: the smell. My guess is sea lion poo. Bad. Be prepared. PLEASE NOTE: Parking lot 21 seems like a fantastic deal (around $4 for a couple of hours), but BEWARE....if you go over your time, you be HEAVILY fined (got a ticket for $48 for 6 minutes over!)!! We forgot to get our ticket out of our rental and were fined an additional $25 for being late paying it. This cast a very negative light on the City of Monterey, but that's a discussion for another time.
    Written September 5, 2023
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