Every June, we celebrate National Aquarium Month, and all the beautiful places to see fish and marine mammals around the world! The immersive aquarium experience is one all boaters are water lovers are sure to treasure, this month and all year long. Just read on to see some of our favorite ways to celebrate aquariums — with a little help from your Monterey, of course.
Consider A Virtual Visit
First things first: you don’t technically need to visit an aquarium to, well, visit an aquarium! Let us explain. Many beloved aquariums — including the Aquarium of the Pacific, or the Georgia Aquarium — have taken to social media to share photos, videos, and live streams of their underwater residents! This practice grew over the course of the last year, with many of us flocking to TikTok and other sources to expand our horizons from the comfort of home. Today, you and your family can virtually travel from coast to coast to visit different marine mammals and aquatic environs!
Learn About One-Of-A-Kind Aquariums
Once you’ve explored several aquariums online, you’ll likely be eager to pay the fish an in-person visit — and fortunately, there are plenty of spots to choose from that (fortunately for us boaters) just so happen to overlap with some amazing cruising destinations, too. A few iconic aquariums to add to your itinerary include…
Hit The Water
As we mentioned, many of the country’s most beloved aquariums are located near some amazing boating destinations — so cruise away! Once you’ve met the marine animals in an aquarium you can search for them on your Monterey adventure. From dolphins catching a ride in your wake, to schools of super-sized sportfish swimming in shallow flats, you never know what you might find.
Watch A Fish Flick
Another way to keep the aquarium fun going is to watch a sea-themed movie! Finding Nemo and its sequel, Finding Dory, are two great options — the latter even involves a fictional aquarium, the Marine Life Institute, which is based in part on the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Other popular, family-friendly films include Shark Tale, Ponyo, and Free Willy. You can even project them and enjoy outdoors, or right on board with the help of a portable projector and handy white sheet!
Encourage kids who are inspired by ocean life to get crafty and make their own at-home “aquarium.” You don’t need actual fish to create a beautiful project — simply add colorful cut-outs and paper fish floating on string to a mason jar to recreate the ocean environment in a fun, hands-on way.
What’s your favorite aquarium? Let us know and enjoy the fishy fun, this month and throughout the year!