The Monterey Aquarium is world-renowned, and I was initially skeptical that there was more hype than it may deserve. Wow was I wrong! As someone who lives near the Boston Aquarium and has been there countless times, I can honestly say the Monterey Aquarium is a better experience. It's not the exhibits that earns it a higher rating compared to Boston -- it's the breathtaking natural setting on the Pacific with seals and sea otters swimming freely and easily spotted from the aquarium's rear decks. The Aquarium admission is a bit pricey, so I'd encourage visitors to seek deals from AAA, tourism Web sites, Groupon, etc.
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