The Monterey Aquarium is a beautiful aquarium located at the ocean's edge in downtown Monterey with great views. It is modern, spacious, airy and clean with many different marine life.
We went on a Friday afternoon and there were few crowds - not sure what it would be like on a weekend or school holidays. Admission is a bit pricey but you could spend hours in here. We'll definitely return when she is older.
When you're in the area (or even if you have to go out of your way), a visit to the world-class Monterey Bay Aquarium is a must, especially with kids. It's located in an impressively renovated sardine cannery right on the bay. The exhibits are great & varied - fish, jellyfish, shark, otters, penguins and so on. And there are currently a few special exhibits including Wild About Otters, which ends later this year, and The Secret Lives of Sea Horses, which recently opened. There are things for all aged kids - & adults!
The Monterey Bay Aquarium has to be one of the largest and best aquariums in the world. The aquarium has large kelp forest tanks featuring sharks and multiple fish species as well as great displays of octopus, jelly fish, penguins, sea horses, otters, star fish, and rays. The aquarium is located in a dramatic location on Cannery Row on the shores of Monterey Bay in Monterey.
This place is incredible. We could literally spend all day "swimming" with the sharks, tuna, barracuda etc. -- and occasionally a super cool sunfish -- without donning a wet suit but there is so much more. The touch exhibits, even the lowest ones, still expect a toddler of maybe 3' in stature. You can probably bring a small step stool or just be prepared to hoist a short toddler for awhile.