There are few other pleasures that can compete with the fun of having scrumptious fish while rambling along the streets, catching an eyeful of art resplendently displayed for your sweet perusal. Welcome to the land where fishes rule the roost, literally, and the whole town is dipped in the flavor of art- step into the pleasure that Monterey is and be prepared to have a magnificent time! The city of Monterey is situated in the Monterey County near the Pacific coastline in California. Bordered by the Monterey bay on one side and Santa Lucia Mountains and Gabilan Mountains on the other, the weather here is always wonderfully Mediterranean; cool breezes, glorious summers and not too cold winters. The city is situated on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary therefore don’t be surprised if you find yourself in the midst of some rare exotic species!
If you wish to tour the city, then it’s important that you are in sync with its history. After all a place’s past is what makes its present! The hunting and fishing started on these lands as far back as the prehistoric times! Archaeologists have found some shell middens that can be dated back to the same era. Monterey has been under the rule of various powers; firstly the Spaniards, then the Mexicans and finally that of the USA. The city was one of the first and only ports of the state; in fact the custom house here has been declared a national landmark! The city has to its credit not just this but various other firsts as well-the first public building, the first theatre, the first printing press and also the first brick house; all of these are unique to this city. Talking about art, the city has a distinct flavor of various art styles that have left their mark on it; Monterey colonial architecture can be seen at Larkin House. Monterey is also known for being a melting point for various painters. Many an artist has picked up his easel and added a dash of color to it and presented awe-inspiring pictures in En plein air or in the style of Tonalism. The city has also been heralded as the ‘language capital of the world’.
Monterey offers a whole variety of things to do. A Mecca for fish lovers, there are ample places and opportunities where you can dip in your anglers and cherish some good time! Head off to Monterey Bay and Fisherman’s Wharf to have, literally, a whale of a time! Art aficionados can go check out the Monterey Museum of Art. Kinkade lovers are sure to enjoy this. Beside this, you have the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which merits a visit by all and sundry. Situated on Canary Row, the Aquarium is nothing short of a national wonder. With Various marine labs based here, a trip here is nothing short of an infotainment experience! Wildlife lovers can feast their eyes on the San Joaquin kit fox, Bishop Pine or Gardner’s Yampah. You can also move onto check out the famous coastal town of Pacific Grove which is admired for its beaches, monarch butterflies, Victorian houses and Point Pinos Lighthouse!
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The Monterey Bay Aquarium – located on the site of a former sardine cannery on Cannery Row in Monterey, California, is one of the largest aquariums in the world. It has an annual attendance of 1.8 million and holds 35,000 plants and animals representing 623 species. Among the aquarium’s numerous exhibits, two are of particular note. The centerpiece of the Ocean’s Edge wing is a 33-foot (10-m) high tank for viewing California coastal marine life. In this tank, the aquarium was the first in the world to grow live California Giant Kelp using a wave machine at the top of the tank (water movement is a necessary precondition for keeping Giant Kelp, which absorbs nutrients from surrounding water and requires turbidity), allowing sunlight in through the open tank top, and pumping in raw seawater.
The second exhibit of note is a one million gallon tank in the Outer Bay Wing which features one of the world’s largest single-paned windows (crafted by a Japanese company, the window is actually four panes seamlessly glued together through a proprietary process). Sea life on exhibit includes stingrays, jellyfish, sea otters, and numerous other native marine species, which can be viewed above and below the waterline. For displaying jellyfish, the MBA uses an aquarium called a Kreisel tank which creates a circular flow to support and suspend the jellies. Visitors are able to inspect the creatures of the kelp forest at several levels in the building.
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Cannery Row Monterey, California – the most popular vacation destination on California’s Central Coast, offering visitors attractions, recreation, restaurants, affordable waterfront hotels as well as the Mobil Four-Star Awarded Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa, convenient shopping and exciting nightlife.