2014 Summer Calendar Listing

May 12, 2014

Aquarium News

“TENTACLES” NEW SPECIAL EXHIBITION: Journey to a world of undersea magicians, masters of disguise and quick-change artists at Monterey Bay Aquarium this summer in its newest special exhibition, “Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes.” Brainy and beautiful, cephalopods change colors like a chameleon, have hard beaks like birds, three hearts, blue blood and suckers that won’t let go. Free with general admission. (Opened April 2014)

OTHER SPECIAL EXHIBITION - “THE JELLIES EXPERIENCE”: “The Jellies Experience” immerses visitors in the wild world of jellies at the aquarium that pioneered the display of these cool creatures. These graceful, dancing drifters that pulse and glow, flash colorful lights and often pack a powerful sting are alive in all their psychedelic glory in this mind-blowing exhibition.

UNDERWATER EXPLORERS & SUMMER NIGHT SLEEPOVERS: Visitors can add to their experience with an expanded lineup of tours and activities for adults, families and children. Summer adventures include Underwater Explorers, where children ages 8 to 13 enjoy supervised dives in the Great Tide Pool. Summer night sleepovers (July 5 & 19, August 9 & 23) begin with live music and wine tasting at 6 p.m. and end with sleeping in front of a favorite exhibit. Year-round Aquarium Adventures include daily behind-the-scenes tours and a suite of sleepover programs. Pre-registration is highly recommended for all programs; prices vary. Visit www.montereybayaquarium.org for information or call (866) 963-9645.

“EVENINGS BY THE BAY” EXTENDED WEEKEND HOURS: On Saturdays and Sundays from Independence Day through Labor Day weekend, the aquarium remains open an additional two hours until 8 p.m., providing visitors with an off-season experience during the height of summer. Live music and cash bar enhance visitors’ experience as they commune with their favorite marine animals.

ENHANCED AQUARIUM APP & TRIP PLANNING TOOLS: The aquarium’s official iPhone app lets visitors create custom postcards and provides alerts for programs visitors won’t want to miss. Available free on the App Store, it offers instant access to nearly 100 stunning images of exhibit animals like sea otters, sharks and jellies that visitors can share on Facebook, Twitter and by e-mail. Visitors can opt to receive text messages on their mobile devices to learn about the UFO’s, or Unscheduled Feeding Opportunities, that take place daily throughout the aquarium. Make trip planning to Monterey easy this summer by visiting http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/visit and www.seemonterey.org.

CINDY’S WATERFRONT CAFE & RESTAURANT: Great food and drink is available all year long at the aquarium’s culinary gem, Cindy’s Waterfront Restaurant & the Monterey Bay Aquarium Cafe. The waterfront restaurant features sustainable and organic creations from the aquarium’s James Beard Award-winning culinary partner, Chef Cindy Pawlcyn – the creator of Mustards Grill in Napa Valley and many other celebrated restaurants – and from resident Executive Chef Jeff Rogers.

AUDITORIUM & THEATRICAL PROGRAMS: High-definition programs screen daily in the aquarium’s 250-seat auditorium; all are included with admission. Topics include sea otters, the deep sea, great white sharks and man-made inventions inspired by ocean life.

Lively 10-minute theatrical programs throughout the aquarium, “Think Big”, “Real Cost Café”, “Cannery Row” and new this summer, “Here there be Tentacles” shares aquarium stories and history with visitors. Locations and times vary daily.

ADMISSION: All exhibits and programs except “Aquarium Adventures” included with aquarium admission: $39.95 adult; $34.95 senior (over 65) and student (with I.D.); $24.95 children; under 3 free. (Prices subject to change.) Located at 886 Cannery Row, Monterey. Hours vary by season; visit www.montereybayaquarium.org for more information or call (831) 648-4800. Advance tickets are available online at the aquarium’s website, www.montereybayaquarium.org; mobile website, www.montereybayaquarium.org/mobile; or by phone, 866-963-9645. Discounted tickets for members of the military and their families can be purchased in advance at many California and Nevada installations.


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