Credit: Monterey Bay Aquarium
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With more than 35,000 creatures, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is just one of the fun things to do here. Go on a boat-based “marine safari” and watch seals, otters and dolphins cavort in the natural habitat. Continue the safari theme at Vision Quest Ranch, were resident elephants deliver breakfast. (The ranch is next door to Wild Things, an exotic animal training facility.) Indulge in “glamping,” or camping with all the amenities of a hotel, at Fernwood Resort, set amid towering redwoods near Big Sur River.