Week ten may be gracing UCSC students with its presence, but there exists an excellent opportunity to take a break from the madness of finals. Enter the Monterey Bay Aquarium!
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a nonprofit aquarium which stresses ocean conservation in its practices and exhibits. This aquarium has many sea organisms under its roof including sharks, otters, turtles, octopuses, penguins, jellyfish, and many many more. There are even some hands-on exhibits!
To celebrate their 30th anniversary, they are allowing residents of Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties free admission in thanks for their support. For UCSC students, a student ID is all which is needed for entrance, which would typically cost $34.95. This sweet offer ends December 14.
The aquarium is open daily from 10am till 5pm. I was fortunate to visit on Monday when crowds were very minimal, but if you plan on visiting during the weekend, the Monterey Bay Aquarium website suggests doing so between 2 and 5 PM.
So take a break from studying for finals, jump in a car with a few of your friends and head over to Monterey. For those who do not own a car, buses depart for Monterey from the Santa Cruz Metro Station twice a day. For more information on bus transportation head over to mst.org and look for the 78 bus.