By: Revanche

My favorite birthday present: Membership to the Monterey Bay Aquarium

May 26, 2014


Even though it’s a two and a half hour drive away, I think my favorite present (aside from delicious food since we haven’t actually really done birthday presents in years) has been our family membership to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

As gifts go, considering we don’t manage to use the membership very often, it’s really a luxury.

But I do so love presents that both give me what I love (OTTERS) and support a good cause (Marine life exhibition care and education; conservation and science programs). They spend 64% of their money on those very things, so probably they could do a bit better but I really love the site, I love how kid and adult friendly it is (if you haven’t played with a kid in their play area, you really should!) and it’s just … peaceful and lovely.

We recently met some volunteers who’d been working there for more than 20 years, which I think is rather incredible, and speaks to the dedication of the community to some degree.

Memberships are tax-deductible (a PF blogger favorite) and include free admission for one year, express entry and discounts.

What’s your favorite birthday gift?

5 Responses to “My favorite birthday present: Membership to the Monterey Bay Aquarium”

  1. Katie says:

    The Monterey Bay Aquarium is awesome! Spouse and I are not from San Francisco, but got married there this summer at City Hall. The day after we were married, we drove down to Monterey to go to the aquarium. We were fortunate to also hit the farmers’ market there! Lovely place.

    For my last birthday, my mom funded our annual trip to the local Scottish Games – bagpiping, dancing, Scottish food, sheepdog demonstrations, etc! Awesome present!

    • Revanche says:

      Congratulations! San Francisco City Hall is pretty amazing, especially for weddings.
      Scottish Games sound fantastic, how thoughtful of your mom!

  2. w00t! Happy birthday!
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