Hey all you Tortoise Travelers,
I’m here to tell you about two awesome gems that we have here in Northern California. Both of these places are really worth visiting in the bay area and both are kind of hard to get to if you don’t already have a car, why are you letting s know about these awesome places if they are super hard to get to you ask? Well the lovely staff members at the front desk have recently made contact with a tour company that can take you out there!
#1. The Winchester Mystery House $60 (entrance fee included!)
The Winchester Mystery House is a well-known California mansion that was under construction continuously for 38 years, and is reported to be haunted. It once was the personal residence of Sarah Winchester, the widow of gun magnate William Wirt Winchester, but is now a tourist attraction.
Under Winchester's day-to-day guidance, its "from-the-ground-up" construction proceeded around-the-clock, without interruption, from 1884 until her death on September 5, 1922, at which time work immediately ceased.
The mansion is renowned for its size and utter lack of any master building plan. According to popular belief, Winchester thought the house was haunted by the ghosts of individuals killed by Winchester rifles, and that only continuous construction would appease them.
#2 The Monterey Bay Aquarium $89 (entrance fee included!)
Sea life on exhibit includes stingrays, jellyfish, sea otters, an 11 lb. lobster over 50 years old, and numerous other native marine species, which can be viewed above and below the waterline.
Among the aquarium's numerous exhibits, two are of particular note: The centerpiece of the Ocean's Edge Wing is a 10 meter (33-foot) high 1.3 million liter (1/3 million gallon) tank for viewing California coastal marine life.
The Aquarium appeared in the 1986 film Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, where it appeared as the Cetacean Institute in Sausalito. The main aquarium was overlaid with special effects to appear to be the tank home of two humpback whales. The film stirred up controversy when people who had come to see the whales were infuriated to learn there was no such exhibit
Remember any time you need to get anywhere just give us a holler at the desk and we probably have a solution!