San Benito County residents can get into the Monterey Bay Aquarium for free through Dec. 9 as part of the annual Community Open House there.
Each year, the aquarium opens its doors to residents who live in San Benito, Monterey and Santa Cruz counties during the holiday season.
According to a press release providing details on the open house:
Monterey Bay Aquarium treats its tri-county community this holiday season. Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito County residents receive free admission Saturday, December 1, through Sunday, December 9, during the Aquarium’s annual Community Open House.
Admission is valid for all Aquarium exhibits and programs. Additionally, visitors can watch bilingual feeding shows on both weekends (December 1–2 and December 8–9).
Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito County residents must present photo ID and proof of current Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito County residence at the main entrance to receive free admission. Current student identification from any university or community college located within any of these counties, utility bills or Monterey-Salinas Transit, Santa Cruz Metro and San Benito County Express monthly bus passes are also valid proof of residence. Free admission is good for regular Aquarium hours, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Guests from outside Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito County – including relatives or friends of local residents – can accompany local residents but will be charged regular admission fees.
About Monterey Bay Aquarium
With a mission to inspire conservation of the ocean, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is the most admired aquarium in the United States, a leader in science education, and a voice for ocean conservation through comprehensive programs in marine science and public policy. Everything we do works in concert to protect the future of our blue planet. More information at montereybayaquarium.org.
Photo courtesy of the Monterey Bay Aquarium