Location: 886 Cannery Row, Monterey
Hours: Open daily except Christmas; 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in summer and on holidays; 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. summer weekends; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in winter
Cost: Memberships available. Regular admission: $34.95 adults 18 and over; $31.95 seniors 65 and over and students 13-17 or with college identification; $21.95 children 3-12 and disabled; free for children under 3
More information: www.montereybayaquarium.org or (831) 648-4800
More than 35,000 animals and plants. More than a million gallons of water. Kelp forests. Jellyfish galleries. Penguins. Sea otters.
In 1977, the Monterey Bay Aquarium was an idea, a proposal by four marine biologists at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove. A year later, a larger group took up the cause, including the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. The Packards put up the initial $55 million in construction costs and continued to be generous supporters.
The aquarium opened in 1984, fittingly on the site that once was home to Cannery Row's largest fish-packing plant, the Hovden Cannery.