Monterey Bay Aquarium
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is only an hour drive from Santa Cruz. Situated in what was once a sardine cannery, this world-class aquarium provides an incredible fish-eye view of over 35,000 extraordinary sea creatures. Peer through the world's largest window to get an underwater view of a massive kelp forest and the many fish that call it home. Or, get a feel for the open ocean as fish swim through over a million gallons of sea water in the Outer Bay exhibit.