Things to Do in Monterey

Fisherman's Wharf Monterey
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Old Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row

Old Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row

Both located along the beautiful shores of the bay, Old Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row offer a fun, historic, and beautiful place to soak in the views. Old Fisherman’s Wharf sits near the heart of downtown Monterey and has various shops and restaurants. The fabled street known as Cannery Row was the hub for sardine canneries in the 20th century until the last one closed in the 1970s. Today, it is a street full of shops and restaurants, as well as the world-class Monterey Bay Aquarium. 

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Monterey Bay Aquarium 

If you’re searching for one of the best things to do in Monterey with kids, look no further than the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It’s home to some of the most diverse and unique marine showcases in the country, with hundreds of species of fish, sharks, and turtles, in addition to the penguins, sea otters, and jellyfish. It focuses on the varied regional habitats and was the first aquarium to exhibit a live kelp forest. Trust us; you won’t want to miss out on this fun and interactive Monterey attraction. 

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Concours D’Elegance

Concours D’Elegance

Concours D’Elegance is a legendary car show occurring every summer in Pebble Beach. Since 1950, motor owners and enthusiasts gather here, sharing their love of the rarest, unique, and valuable cars. Recognized as the finest exhibition of show cars in the world, Concours D’Elegance is a must-see for prize car owners and lovers alike.

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve | © Sharon Mollerus
© Sharon Mollerus

Point Lobos State Natural Preserve

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is one of the best things to do near Monterey for those who love to explore the great outdoors. This beautiful natural area jutting out into the Pacific south of Carmel-By-The-Sea is home to plenty of trails and coves worth exploring. During whale migration season (south from December through February and north from February through May). The coastal scenery is second to none, so make sure you bring your camera or phone with you. 

Luxevaca Laguna Seca
Luxevaca Laguna Seca

Laguna Seca

Laguna Seca, currently known as Weathertech Raceway, is one of the premier events near Monterey. This legendary racetrack is one of the most exciting and challenging courses in the world and hosts a variety of events, including superbike races, the sports car championship, and the Grand Prix of Monterey.

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17-Mile Drive

If you want to enjoy a scenic tour around the Monterey Peninsula, hop in the car and take a cruise on 17-Mile Drive. This road weaves and winds along the Pacific Ocean and Carmel Bay, offering breathtaking views from several incredible vistas and beaches. You can also see Spyglass Hill Golf Course, Cypress Point Club, and Pebble Beach Golf Links. Make sure you bring your camera for this ride!

pebble beach equestrian center,
pebble beach equestrian center,

Pebble Beach Equestrian Center

Pebble Beach Equestrian Center offers a memorable horseback riding experience. With more than 27 miles of marked equestrian trails that run deep in the beautiful Del Monte Forest, you and your family can enjoy an exciting adventure along our coastline.

Pebble Beach Golf Links
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Pebble Beach Golf Links

There are few attractions on the Central California Coast as legendary as the Pebble Beach Golf Links. This iconic course, continuously ranked as the No. 1 public course in the country, hosts the U.S. Open and is home to some of the most beautiful holes in all of golf. Play the unbeatable fairways and one-of-a-kind greens, but make sure you book your tee time well in advance.

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The charm and charisma of Carmel-By-The-Sea are unmatched on the California coast. The tree-lined streets are full of quaint shops and restaurants, like Aubergine and La Bicyclette, in addition to the fascinating history and beautiful architecture. Stop by the Carmel Mission Basilica Museum and discover one of the most authentically restored 18th-century Roman Catholic mission churches in the state. After enjoying a delicious lunch and perusing a couple of shops along Ocean Avenue, head over to Carmel Beach for a stroll on the gorgeous shore. Spending a day in Carmel-By-The-Sea is one of the best things to do near Monterey.

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Chateau D'Renaitre
Chateau D’Renaitre

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