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Gray whale, Brown pelica, Elephant seal

Summer at the Aquarium

‘Journey to Baja’ in New Auditorium Program

Brown pelican

While you're visiting ¡Viva Baja! Life on the Edge, be sure to take in the compelling new auditorium program we've created to complement our newest special exhibition.

"Journey to Baja: A Tale of Three Travelers" follows the migrations of three far-ranging animals that share a common trait: all three travel to Baja California to have their young. A live presenter traces the journeys of gray whales, brown pelicans and elephant seals to remote and protected islands and beaches.

The story of these charismatic animals and their young is even more extraordinary when you learn that not long ago, we almost lost them completely. Hunters nearly wiped out elephant seals and gray whales during the 19th century. The pesticide DDT caused pelicans to lay eggs with thin shells that cracked under the weight of their parents.

In the early 1970s, people made their voices heard and sparked passage of sweeping environmental laws to ensure clean air and water, as well as protections for marine mammals. "The recovery of these species from the brink of extinction is one of the most remarkable conservation success stories ever," says Mike Chamberlain, innovation director for the Guest Experience Department. "It's inspiring to know that it happened because people demanded stronger protections for the environment."
We're called to step up again today to address the equally urgent threat of climate change.
"Journey to Baja" features stunning cinematography by IMAX filmmaker Johnny Friday and a beautiful musical score created for the show by acclaimed acoustic guitarist Peppino D'Agostino.
We hope you'll be energized by this heartwarming program and join us in working to safeguard the future of the amazing animals that call the waters of Mexico and California home, in a time when rapid change is transforming the global ocean.

More To Do this Summer

Under Water Explorers divers

Underwater Explorers

  • Special Member Pricing
Come dive with us! In this unique program, kids ages eight to 13 are introduced to the underwater world through surface scuba diving. Kids are safely guided by Aquarium dive staff in our Great Tide Pool, where they meet amazing animals while getting a fish's-eye view of the wonders of the bay. No experience is necessary, only a sense of adventure! Learn more and book now

Personal Guided Tour

Take Time for a Tour

  • Special Member Pricing
If you've never been on one of our tours—or if it's been a while—come behind the scenes with us to get a more intimate look at our animals and operations. In our two animal-themed tours—Sea Otter Conservation Tour and Shark Tour—you'll find out how we care for these remarkable species and how our research initiatives are helping them thrive in the wild. In the new Insider's Tour, you'll discover the secret lives of jellies, uncover new animals, fishes and more! You can also express your love for a special someone by booking one of our Romance Tours. We offer a wide range of personalized possibilities that will leave you with treasured memories. Learn more and book now

Youth Group Sleepover in the Open Sea

Summer Nights Seashore Sleepovers

  • Special Member Pricing
Sleep next to your favorite Aquarium exhibit during a Summer Nights Seashore Sleepover. Start your evening with live music during Evenings by the Bay. When the doors close, continue to explore the Aquarium at your leisure with special programs and a light bedtime snack before falling asleep in front of your favorite exhibit. Wake up with the fishes and enjoy a continental breakfast in our Cafe. Learn more and book now

Monterey Bay Aquarium at sunrise

Evenings by the Bay

Saturdays & Sundays, July 2–September 4

Join us for extended summer hours on Saturdays and Sundays. Explore our exhibit galleries as daylight lingers into the evening hours. We’ll have live music, too—“Unleashed Saturdays,” featuring a variety of musical genres, and live jazz from Monterey Jazz Festival musicians each Sunday. Enjoy sustainable wines and small bites for purchase from a special menu created by the Aquarium’s Executive Chef, Matthew Beaudin.
Members receive special pricing on Underwater Explorers, Tours and Sleepovers.
Learn more and book or call us at (831) 647-6886.