We will be in Monterrey for a day in early August (a Wednesday). We'll wake up in Carmel and sleep in Santa Cruz that evening. On our way between the two - we were recommended to stop into Elkhorn Slough Foundation which closes @ 5pm. So, we have two options and I'd like to hear your thoughts/vote!
1) go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium in the morning, walk the Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, then go to Elkhorn Slough Foundation for the afternoon. This schedule gives feels less full than option #2 (even though we are doing more it takes less time), and we could even go back and see Point Lobos State Reserve again in the morning before the Aquarium.
2) take the 9am Whale Watch tour at the Monterey Warf - arrive back between 1-2pm. Grab lunch (if not provided on the tour?) and then head to Elkhorn Slough Foundation and stay there until it closes at 5pm.
Which option would you recommend? We have been Whale Watching once before in Boston and loved it... we'd go this time to see if we see any different whales, I would so so so love to see an Orca (although I think its rare people see one).
We usually avoid aquarium's and zoo's while we travel and prefer to view nature in its natural habitat. The only reason we are considering the aquarium here is that everyone says its excellent.
Any thoughts would help as we try and decide what to do with our day in Monterey. Thanks!!Edited: 11:17 am, July 19, 2013