It heartens us when we see families load up the ol’ wood-paneled wagon — or, nowadays, we suppose, the hybrid SUV — and find the last remaining drive-in theaters still showing summertime movies. Kids should wear pajamas and fall asleep during the second half of a double feature, and teenagers should get their fill of classic, cheesy, bad effects-laden B movies. But those classic thrillers can be harder to find nowadays, at least at the drive-ins — which are in themselves hard to find — so we have to take our creature features elsewhere.

It is best, we think, when we can admire the creatures in-person, if possible, and learn something factual about them, too. Nope, giant Pacific octopuses don’t swallow major metropolises whole, but they are very smart and gorgeous sea-deep creatures with their own riveting backstory. And if you’d like to see a big one — and we mean 16-feet-long big — you can, at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Learn more about this marine mammoth by reading the rest of the article on NBC’s Worth the Drive.

Each week NBC Bay Area will provide Red Tricycle readers with the inside scoop on a special destination that’s always “Worth the Drive.” NBC Bay Area uncovers and connects their users to all that the city has to offer so they can be true city insiders. They go beyond the obvious and provide access to untold stories and the stories behind the stories.