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What to do and Where to go

From the world-class Monterey Bay Aquarium to the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, Monterey County offers an endless list of fantastic things to see and do, for both the first-time and the regular visitor. With so many options, it's best to plan your itinerary in advance, so you don't miss the attractions you really want to see. This website can help you do just that.

History buffs will enjoy walking Monterey's romantic getaway, indulge in one of our many pampering spas or hideaway resorts.

Spiritual speakers might find inspiration at Esalen in Big Sur, or by walking the new Family and Children link for a list of great activities and attractions that enthrall adults and youngsters alike.

Don't worry if you can't fit it all in on one trip. It just means you now have a great excuse to return time and time again!

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Rosa the Otter Joins the Aquarium

Just seven months after a young otter named Mae joined the Monterey Bay Aquarium's sea otter exhibit, she has a new companion. Young Rosa (like all the Aquarium's otters, she's named after a character in a book by John Steinbeck) has returned to the Aquarium's care after almost two years in the wild. Although a "graduate" of their release program, Rosa was just too curious about scuba divers and kayakers: she had a reputation for climbing into occupied canoes! Everyone agreed she'd be safer and happier playing with Mae in the Otter Tank.

The sea otters are just one of the Aquarium's myriad fascinating exhibits. There's something here to intrigue and educate everyone in the family. The newest 'don't miss' exhibition is Jellies: Living Art. Visit www.montereybayaquarium.org for more information.

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