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Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the best designed aquariums in the country, period. A rather stand-out feature of this aquarium 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. The jellyfish display is one of Monterey Bay Aquarium's star attraction.

Monterey Bay Coastal Trail

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.

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

One of the most prestigious race tracks in the world, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca has been building its reputation ever since it opened in 1957. Since then, 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. To know more about the schedule of events here at Laguna Seca, the racers and ticket details, check out the website or contact the venue.

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.

Pierce Ranch Vineyards

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.

San Carlos Cathedral

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.

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