Aquaiums and Zoos

Monday, August 29, 2016

A visit to a local aquarium is a great enjoyable and educating way for kids to explore the sea life, underwater environment, touch sea animals, and more. 

Monterey Bay Aquarium (886 Cannery Row, Monterey) 
Monterey Bay Aquarium is an educational and fun window to the wonders of the ocean.
Check out the newest exhibit, ¡Viva Baja! Life on the Edge featuring animals from Baja’s deserts, mangrove forests and coral reefs.
The Kelp forest is a 28 foot tall underwater forest where you can watch sharks, sea turtles, tuna, sardines, octopus, eels and other fish. Watch the divers feed the animals and clean the aquarium, and learn about the forest.
Children will enjoy the Rocky Shore and Sandy Shore & Aviary exhibits which offers hands-on learning activities where you can touch sea animals, and learn about their natural habitat.
Visit the giant pacific octopus, sharks, penguins, sea turtles, jelly fish, octopuses, squid and cuttlefishes, watch the daily shows and feedings, and don’t miss the ocean-view decks, where you can often see seals, dolphins, otters, whales and sharks!
If you want even closer encounters, or a special experience, check the website for special tours for families, diving experiences, and sleepovers.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Aquarium of the Bay (PIER 39, 2 Beach St, San Francisco) 
Explore below San Francisco Bay by getting up close and personal with more than 20,000 local marine animals. The interpretative naturalists are always nearby to answer questions and guide through hands-on animal encounters. Check out the website for daily schedule of feedings, encounters, talks and more. 
Aquarium of the Bay
Seymour Marine Discovery (100 Shaffer Rd, Santa Cruz) 
This marine museum is on the smaller side, but it is fun and educational for a short visit with little children.
At the aquarium, you can explore the fascinating world of marine science and conservation, touch a friendly shark, see how marine scientists work, and visit the dolphins.  
Seymour Marine Center Santa Cruz

A visit to the zoo is always a great family outing. See the animals first hand and learn about what they eat, their habits, environment, and more. Zoos in the bay area offer petting zoo or children zoo included in the admission price.

San Francisco Zoo (1 Zoo Rd, SF)
Nestled against the Pacific Ocean, the San Francisco Zoo is an urban oasis. It is home to over 1,000 exotic, endangered and rescued animals representing more than 250 species and lovely peaceful gardens full of native and foreign plants. 
Farm animals for feeding and petting can be found in the popular Fisher Family Children’s Zoo. Visit the Family Farm, the little pond and duck, feed the goats by hand, chase the chickens, and much more! 
SF Zoo
Oakland Zoo (9777 Golf Links Rd, Oakland)
This is a wonderful zoo, with children’s ride area, train and sky ride, and more. Terrain is quite hilly (good workout for parents walking with kids or pushing strollers).
The petting Zoo is big and fun for children at all ages, brush and feed the goats, chase the chicken, pet the animals and more! 
Oakland Zoo
Happy Hollow (1300 Senter Rd, San Jose)
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo is a small 16-acre zoo and amusement park in San Jose featuring a petting zoo where kids can feed and brush goats, sheep, cows and more, animal barn, animal hospital with indoor and outdoor quarantine, and education center with year-round classes for ages 12-months to adult. They also have Puppet Theater, Rides and structures for toddlers and children featuring slides, swings, ropes and climbing areas, carousel and roller coaster.
Happy Hollow Park and Zoo

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