Take a Trip in Our Fintastic Voyager!

America’s Cup sailboats won’t be the only new vessels in the San Francisco Bay area this summer. The Aquarium launches its “Fintastic Voyager” this weekend for a series of “undersea expeditions” that will carry passengers on simulated dives into the deep sea at venues from Sacramento to the South Bay.

The sea-blue Fintastic Voyager is a “submarine on wheels” created for the aquarium in collaboration with Engine Company 1 – the San Francisco advertising agency that developed two award-winning campaigns for the aquarium: a seahorse Tunnel of Love  in the Powell Street BART station and “150 Feet of Awesome” interactive animated bus shelters in San Francisco that let people go on virtual scuba dives in coastal waters.

Visitors who encounter the Fintastic Voyager – a “submarine on wheels” – will be invited to board by the Voyager’s “crew” before meeting ocean animals as they descend from the surface to the deep ocean several thousand feet below the surface.

Along the way, they’ll encounter animals including sea otters, leopard sharks, jellyfish and unusual deep-sea animals like vampire squid in the narrated expedition. When they resurface, they’ll be able to take a commemorative photo that they can share via social media and email.

The Fintastic Voyager will have ports of call everywhere from Giants and A’s games to the California State Fair. (See full schedule of appearances below.)

“We can’t bring the Monterey Bay Aquarium to the Bay Area and Sacramento,” said Mimi Hahn, vice president for marketing and communications at the aquarium. “But we can share the spirit of fun and adventure that people experience when they visit.”

The Fintastic Voyager was created by transforming an Airstream trailer into an underwater explorer, complete with periscope. The aquarium and Engine Company 1 worked with Cinnabar to create the Voyager, Atomic Productions for the narrated dive video, MacDonald Media on planning and management, and with GranDesign for staffing and event logistics. Hanlees Auto Group provided the ocean-themed truck that transports the Fintastic Voyager around the region.


June 29, Sat. 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Sacramento; Run 4 Independence Marathon, Elk Grove Regional Park

June 30, Sun. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

San Francisco; Union Square

July 3, Wed. 1:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

El Dorado Hills; 3rd of July - KIID Disney

July 4, Thurs. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Richmond; Hanlees Auto Group – Hilltop

July 5, Fri. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Fremont; Hanlees Auto Group – Fremont

July 6, Sat. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Walnut Creek; Broadway Plaza

July 7, Sun. 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

San Francisco; Sunday Streets, Great Highway – KYLD

July 11, Thurs. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

San Francisco; Justin Herman Plaza

July 13, Sat. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

San Francisco; Union Square

July 14, Sun. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Oakland; A’s vs. Red Sox – O.co Coliseum

July 20, Sat. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Corte Madera; Corte Madera Village Shopping Center

July 21, Sun. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

San Francisco; AT&T Park – Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Pablo Sandoval Kids’ Jersey Day – Giants vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

July 23, Tue. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sacramento; California State Fair – Cal Expo, KIID Disney

July 24 or 25, Wed. or Thurs. 12 .m. – 6 p.m.

San Francisco; Weezer Ticket Raid with Live105

July 27, Sat. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

San Francisco; Justin Herman Plaza

July 28, Sun. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Oakland; A’s vs. Angels – O.co Coliseum

August 1, Thurs. 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

San Francisco; 311 Ticket Raid with KITS

August 2,  Fri. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Santa Clara; KMVQ Summersplash – Great America

August 3, Sat. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Oakland; A’s vs. Rangers – O.co Coliseum

August 4, Sun. 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Santa Clara; Quakes vs. Chivas – Buck Shaw Stadium with K101

August 9, Fri. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Davis; Hanlees Auto Group – Davis

August 10, Sat. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

San Jose; Santana Row

August 11, Sun. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

San Francisco; Giants vs. Orioles – AT&T Park

August 16, Fri. 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

South Bay (TBD); Moveable Feast Food Trucks with KITS

August 17, Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Cupertino; Happy Kids Day Festival – Memorial Park with KMKY

August 18, Sun. 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

San Francisco; Sunday Streets – Civic Center

August 24, Sat. 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

San Jose; San Jose Flea Market with KMKY

August 25, Sun. 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

San Jose; San Jose Flea Market with KMKY

August 31, Sat. 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

South Bay (TBD); Moveable Feast Food Trucks with KITS

September 8, Sun. 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

San Francisco; Sunday Streets – Western Addition with KYLD

TBD; TMVQ Topless Summer Car Giveaway









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The Monterey Bay Aquarium, perched on the edge of a world-famous coastline, is your window to the wonders of the ocean. It’s located on historic Cannery Row in Monterey and is open daily except Christmas Day.

For more information about our animals and exhibits, and to view our live web cams, please visit www.montereybayaquarium.org.

Hours of operation vary by season. Daily schedules and tickets are available on our website or by calling
(831) 648-4800.