Things to Do in Monterey CA
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Monterey Bay Aquarium
Discover life in Monterey’s bay without leaving dry land at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Dedicated to marine research and conservation, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is known throughout the world for its interactive exhibits and ability to present marine life on a truly grand scale.
It’s been called “one of America’s most captivating aquariums” by ForbesTraveler.com.
Book a Monterey Bay Aquarium package, including a hotel stay and two-day Aquarium passes!
Del Monte Shopping Center
Del Monte Shopping Center is a 675,000 square foot, open-air, regional shopping center located at the main artery of Highway 1 and Munras Avenue in Monterey, California. The Center is the principal shopping destination on the Monterey Peninsula and one of California’s premiere tourist destinations.
Opened in 1967, Del Monte Shopping Center is a Monterey landmark that offers shoppers the largest and most diverse retailers featuring Macy’s, the only major department store in a 22-mile radius;
Whole Foods Market and Macy’s Furniture, the only upscale full-service grocery store and the largest furniture store on the Peninsula respectively; and 13-screen, state-of-the-art Century Theaters, an unparalleled entertainment venue on the Peninsula.
In January 1958, the City of Monterey officially re-named Ocean View Avenue “Cannery Row” in honor of John Steinbeck.
Today’s Cannery Row is anchored by the Monterey Bay Aquarium and features restaurants, hotels, specialty shops, local artists’ galleries and wine tasting rooms, all stretching along the historic streets and waterfront.
Visitors can take in the wonders of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary by scuba diving, kayaking, or bike riding along the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreational Trail. Visit the Cannery Row website.
Monterey Fisherman’s Wharf
Fisherman’s Wharf in downtown Monterey should be on the “must-do” list of every visitor to the area.
This is a great place to take in the sights and sounds and smells of Monterey. Because neighboring Wharf 2 is the heart of the area’s thriving fishing industry, you can usually watch the working trawlers unloading the catch of the day – just look for all of the seagulls hoping for a handout to know who’s had a successful day on the Bay!
Stroll down the wharf with a cup of hot clam chowder, or stop by one of several restaurants featuring fresh Monterey Bay seafood.
You can photograph sea lions and otters frolicking in the calm inner harbor waters, or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, take to the waters with a glass bottom boat tour, deep-sea fishing trip or whale watching tour in season.
With eight championship golf courses, gourmet restaurants, a top-rated spa, top-flight shopping and one of the most scenic drives in the world, Pebble Beach isn’t just a community; it’s an attraction all its own.
Journey along 17-Mile Drive by car or bicycle, then stop at the renowned Lodge at Pebble Beach for shopping, a meal or a round of golf.
17 Mile Scenic Drive
17-Mile Drive in Pebble Beach is one of the best-known scenic drives in the world. It takes visitors past dream homes and the world’s greatest golf courses, as well as miles of scenic coastline and the serene majesty of Del Monte Forest.
Highway One from Monterey through Big Sur is “the road trip of a lifetime.”
It’s a State Scenic Highway and has been declared an All-American Road by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Scenic Byways Program.