Destination: Monterey/Carmel California
Date: August 2014
Activity: Monterey Bay and Sight Seeing
During our six week RV trip we decide to include Monterey Bay and Carmel into the itinerary. Though I grew up within a hundred miles of these two quaint towns I’d never visited either and thought this would be a great stop on our trip. After checking online for a few RV parks we finally chose one was located in Carmel. It was a tight squeeze for our RV and trailer, but with Trent’s amazing RV driving skills we got it in place.
The activity the kids were really looking forward to was the huge Monterey Bay Aquarium. It was huge! There were so many sites to see and even an app that we could download from iTunes to get the most out of our day. It gave all of the updated show, and lecture series times, along with any videos to see, or animal feedings to watch. I could even set the app to give us an alarm to remind us it was time for the next scheduled activity.
A helpful hint I would have enjoyed knowing is that if there are huge lines out front, you can buy your tickets in advance online. However, if you forget to do that… there are also employees by the front doors who can lead you to the front of the line if you buy a family season pass. Of course this isn’t the best option for small families but for ours it was perfect. We needed three adult tickets and four children’s tickets and so we saved thirty dollars by buying a family season pass. It also came with a 20% coupon for the gift shop and a small canvas bag.
After running all throughout the aquarium we were ready for a good meal. We said goodbye to our marine friends and walked over to the Fish Hopper just a few blocks down from the aquarium. It was a very good choice! With a reservation we made just minutes prior to arrival on opentable/tripadvisor we were seated in one of the best seats in the restaurant. We had a table for eight next to two huge windows overlooking the Monterrey Bay. It was gorgeous! We shared plates of salmon, lobster, crab, sourdough bread and clam chowder. It was so good!
It was a a fun filled day that included some souvenir shopping, a mani/pedi at a local shop and one more meal but this time just for Trent and I over in Carmel at the Hill Top Restaurant. This time we were less satisfied due to a poor menu selection and bad service. However, the views were gorgeous and it was a great night to be out alone as a couple. Our day in Monterey happened to also be my 40th birthday and I enjoyed every minute. I feel spoiled to have been on this amazing trip with six of my seven children and my very best friend, Trent!
Safe and Happy Travels!