Family travel: 5 amazing ways to play in Monterey Bay

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Romantic sunsets, endless powder-soft beaches and jaw-dropping ocean views may put a Monterey getaway near the top of your bucket list. But beware if you are planning to take the whole family along: You had better have some kid-friendly activities tucked up your sleeve as well.

And we’ve got your back with five fool-proof things to do with kids near Monterey Bay, from the world-famous aquarium to a wacky Mirror Maze. Here are five ways to play with kids on the coast.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s top five attractions include its stunning display of jellyfish. (Bay Area News Group Photo Archive) 1 Monterey Bay Aquarium

Perched at the edge of the Pacific, licked by waves and visited by roaming sea otters, the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium is guaranteed to immerse you in the majesty of the sea, its vastness and its poetry, like no other aquarium. With more than 35,000 creatures and nearly 200 galleries and exhibits, from jellyfish and sharks to sea otters, this is truly a window to the wonders of the sea.

The museum also aspires to take the awe it inspires and turn it into education about the urgent need for ocean conservation. On one recent visit, we sat on the back deck and watched in amazement as a wild otter mother gave birth to her pup amid the aquarium’s sheltered waters.

Details: The Monterey Bay Aquarium is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 886 Cannery Row in Monterey. Tickets are $30-$50;

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If your kids need to run off some energy, this is your happy place. Little ones can zoom across swinging bridges, slide down hillsides, climb rock walls and shoot across mini zip-lines at this fanciful playground tucked into the El Estero Park complex. You can also rent a swan paddle boat in the nearby lake or catch a ballgame at the stadium.

Details: Admission is free. El Estero Park, 725 Pearl St, Monterey;

3 Mirror Maze

Get lost on purpose at Monterey’s fun and confounding Mirror Maze. No matter how old you are, it’s a hoot trying to find your way through this glittering, mirrored labyrinth. Just when you think you know the way out of these psychedelic

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