This is one of the best designed aquariums going. A unique feature is the two-story tank, home to a kelp forest in which swim 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 (oddly velvet-like). The jellyfish display shows that they are like something from another planet.
One of the most prestigious race tracks in the world, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca has been building its reputation ever since it opened in 1950. Since its opening, the course has raced legends like Parnelli Jones, Roger Penske, Bobby Rahal and Valentino Rossi. The course gathered most of its fame in the 1960s and 1970s and has only been gaining more. The track's motor-sports include cars and bikes. The Global Tuner Grand Prix is held here which is an international event on a large scale. To know more about the schedule of events here at Mazda, the racers and the ticket details, check out the website or contact the venue.
The San Carlos Cathedral, also known as Royal Presidio Chapel, was constructed in the 1770s. As the oldest functioning Catholic Church and the first stone building in the state of California, this cathedral's significance to local history is undeniable. The beautiful architectural style of this cathedral is breathtaking, with Spanish and Moorish influences.
Tucked away amidst sprawling farms in the vast countryside, Pierce Ranch Vineyards is where some of the city's finest wines come to life. Spanning a massive 30 acres (12.14 hectares) of vineyards and farmland, everything that goes into the wine is grown on-site, which helps maintain consistency in flavor and texture. Regular tours of the vineyard offer a glimpse of what it takes to produce a fine batch of wine. Visitors can witness the various stages of production, from the picking of fruits, to the barreling and ageing process.
Walk amidst a spectacular display of contemporary works of art at Green Chalk Contemporary. Aimed at promoting contemporary art, this gallery features works by budding local artists, as well as a collection of exhibits by famous artists from around the world. Its fine mix of local and international works of art, creates a rather diverse display of different cultures. Gracing this gallery are spectacular exhibits by renowned artists such as Anne Marchand, Richard Wittaker, Francie Hester and Tom Nakashima.
The gorgeous Monterey State Beach is the perfect setting for an afternoon of family fun in the sun. From swimming, fishing, boating, making sand castles, flying kites, kayaking and more, the range of outdoor activities are endless here. Its lengthy stretch of sand and gentle breeze also makes it favorable for a healthy walk or a jog. Be prepared for cold weather, the fog rolls in quickly here, so be sure to pack an extra layer of clothing!
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.
This city park sprawls out over 45 acres, with lush lawns, walking paths, a picnic area with barbecues and tables, and El Estero Lake. Paddle boats are available for rental at the concession stand, making it the perfect outdoor activity for the whole family. The park also features a workout course and restrooms.
The Monterey Bay Coastal Trail is a beautiful scenic trail, that runs along the coastline of Monterey Bay. Stretching over 18 miles (28 kilometers) from Pacific Grove to Castroville, this is the perfect spot to enjoy a run or a bike along the route and take in the spectacular views. There are numerous eateries located along the way, as well as places to rent a cycle or a surfboard.
This two level, brick house has been a refuge for many artists, families, writers and people from all walks of life during the early 18th-century. The French House as it was called then was the abode of famous Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson where he courted his to-be wife. This is where he wrote the "Old Pacific Capital," and was inspired to pen the “Treasure Island.” To save it from the verge of destruction, it was bought by two women who in turn gifted it to the state to make it a memorial. Today the Stevenson House has many memorabilia that includes furniture, first edition books and personal belongings of the writer.