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Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014 at 2:28 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

"Living Fireworks Show": The Flower Hat Jelly

"Living Fireworks Show": The Flower Hat Jelly

The exquisite creatures are in the news and at Monterey Bay Aquarium. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 2, 2014 at 4:16 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Later Weekend Hours: Monterey Bay Aquarium

Later Weekend Hours: Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Cannery Row favorite'll keep it going longer, for summer. Read »

Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 7:15 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Historic Aquarium First: Vampire Squid on Display

Historic Aquarium First: Vampire Squid on Display

The storied creature, and another rare deep-sea find, are in Monterey. Read »

Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 at 8:02 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Water Wonders: Tentacles Exhibit in Monterey

Water Wonders: Tentacles Exhibit in Monterey

Octopuses, Squid, and Cuttlefishes get their moment in a mondo new show. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 at 4:51 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Loggerhead in Monterey

A Loggerhead in Monterey

The aquarium gets a very special, very wee new resident. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 3, 2012 at 11:10 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Rare Jellies in Monterey

Rare Jellies in Monterey

Aquariums have never been able to keep Crown Jellies, but the Monterey Bay Aquarium found a way. Read »

Sunday, Mar 11, 2012 at 7:20 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Jellies Galore

Jellies Galore

The most alien of the underwater creatures gets a new exhibit in Monterey. Read »

Monday, Feb 20, 2012 at 8:30 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Monterey's Sea Otter Rescue

Monterey's Sea Otter Rescue

A rescued pup joins the Sea Otter Exhibit at Monterey Bay Aquarium. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 11:05 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Gift (Card) of the Sea

Gift (Card) of the Sea

Your pal loves Monterey Bay Aquarium? Here's her next birthday present. Read »

Sunday, Jan 22, 2012 at 12:01 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Monterey Shark Days

Monterey Shark Days

Sharks swim at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and people who love sharks come to learn all about them. Read »

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A good time is just a short drive away, and Worth the Drive points you in the right direction. It's a daily look at nearby getaways, festivals and sweet deals.
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ALYSIA GRAY PAINTER Alysia Gray Painter has blogged for NBCLA.com since October 2008, covering Los Angeles go-outs, restaurants, museums, hotels, as well as nearby Worth the Drive destinations. She served as the West Coast Managing Editor for AOL CityGuide, as well as the Los Angeles editor; she has also written for Bark magazine, McSweeney's, Modern Humorist, and PBS programs and publications.