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Top Things To Do in Monterey

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Monterey, the biggest of the resort towns on the Central Coast, is home to Steinbeck's Cannery Row and a world-famous aquarium. Visitors can also visit the picturesque Carmel, then drive 30 miles of dramatic coastline to Big Sur.


Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the best-designed aquariums in the country. A rather stand-out feature of this aquarium is the two-story tank, home to a kelp forest in which one can find sunfish, sharks, and the occasional diver tasked with squeegeeing the algae off the tank walls. Sand dabs are displayed in shelf-like tanks ideally suited to the flat fish, and a school of sardines swim in an endless circle in their cylindrical tank home. If you want to interact with some aquatic dwellers, you're invited to pet the bat rays. The jellyfish display is one of Monterey Bay Aquarium's star attractions.

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Old Fisherman's Wharf

With many excellent restaurants, guided tours, and interesting shops, this landmark has something for everybody. Whether you wish to dine on incredible seafood, go for a whale-watching tour, look at historical artifacts, or purchase exotic candy, you can do it here. Some of the best eateries in all of Monterey are found here. It can also be a great place to buy freshly caught fish or just walk around and look at all the pelicans lingering about. Various special events are held throughout the year.

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Cannery Row

Cannery Row is a fantastic waterfront thoroughfare, situated a mile down the coast from the Fisherman's Wharf. Having been featured in John Steinbeck's books Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday, this iconic street is named after old sardine canning factories. Affording splendid views across Monterey Bay, this erstwhile street has rapidly snowballed into an intriguing tourist destination in recent years. While those factories are no longer operational, their nondescript facades now house a range of shops, bars, and restaurants. This area is also a marine sanctuary, where California sea lions gracefully sun themselves. The Friends of the Sea Otter shop offers information on the marine history and heritage of the place, while the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a treasured landmark of the Cannery Row. An array of marine, biological centers, and fishing companies occupy the recesses of this historic district, which is also within close proximity to a string of delightful beaches.

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17-Mile Drive

One of the most scenic drives anywhere in the world, this stretch of highway runs between Pacific Grove and Carmel. You will see incredible beaches, golf courses and more mansions than you can count. Cars, pedestrians, and cyclists all make their way along this stunning stretch of road. The road snakes its way along the California coast and then through the Del Monte Forest. This drive is an absolute must for anyone visiting the Monterey Peninsula. Be sure to bring your camera.

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Dennis the Menace Playground

This famous Monterey playground is located in the El Estero Park. First opened in 1956, the park has undergone various renovations with the most recent in 2005. Named after the comic character by Hank Ketchum, the park features a toddler area and larger slides and structures meant for older children. A maze with a lookout tower, climbing wall, suspension bridge and statue of Dennis himself, this park is full of fun for kids of all ages.

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Del Monte Beach

One of the most well-known beaches in the city, the Del Monte Beach is frequented by locals and tourists alike. The golden sands are perfect for a stroll with your friends or even your pets while toddlers can also make sand castles. A weekend haunt for families, the beach is not to be missed while in the city.

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Lovers Point Park

This iconic beach is at the foot of 17th Street, and is known for its stunning beauty and variety of outdoor activities. From kayaking, surfing, swimming, scuba diving, windsurfing, to land activities such as beach volleyball, hiking, picnicking, and more. Bicycle rentals, public restrooms, and snack bar are also available. Lovers Point Park hosts the annual Feast of Lanterns pageant and fireworks festival.

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Coast Guard Pier

The Coast Guard Pier is one of the go-to spots for locals and tourists during summer afternoons and weekends. Close to beach parks and other local attractions, the wharf is a major recreational spot for those who wish to indulge in water sports. On a sunny day, you can see sea lions and sea otters lazing around on the rocks.

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Monterey State Historic Park

A striking ensemble of time-honored landmarks comprise the Monterey State Historic Park. You can tour numerous historic period homes that date back to the 1800s as well as early adobe buildings. Each house has been restored to its original condition and is decorated with authentic antiques to match. There are also gardens you can explore. Come experience a piece of regional history and culture. Admission to the park is free.

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