Monterey is home to the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium , a must-see attraction that delights and educates millions of visitors every year. Step outside the Aquarium and you're on Cannery Row , where John Steinbeck drew inspiration for his novel about life in Monterey during the heyday of the sardine canning industry. Today "the Row" is lined with hotels, shops and restaurants and features fun activities for the entire family.
From Cannery Row, you can walk or ride a rented surrey or segway along the scenic Recreation Trail to Fisherman's Wharf . Along the way, you'll see harbor seals, sea otters and pelicans in natural habitats on the dazzling waterfront of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary .
BeachesMonterey County has 99 miles of spectacular coastline encompassing every coastal landscape. From dramatic cliffs with breathtaking waterfalls, to rocky shores perfect for the avid tidepooler or rock hunter, to sandy California beaches suitable for surfing, fishing and swimming, Monterey County has it all.
A Beach for Every Coastal Activity
No matter what the activity you enjoy, you'll find a Monterey County beach that's perfect for it. Divers find Monterey's McAbee Beach the perfect launching point from which to explore Monterey Bay's incredible kelp forests. Birders flock to Carmel River State Beach for record days of bird spotting. Rockhounds head down to Big Sur 's Jade Cove to find the elusive stone it's named after. Surfers frequent Asilomar State Beach , Marina State Beach and Moss Landing State Beach to catch that perfect wave.
Know Before You Go
Bonfires are allowed at several Monterey Bay beaches, including Carmel Beach and Del Monte Beach ; double-check before you go. Monterey beaches generally do not have lifeguards, and at even the most protected, bathers and waders should remain aware of our cold water and unpredictable surf. Small children and pets should not play in waves outside their depth on any Monterey beach.
400 River Road , Salinas, CA 93908
Phone (831) 455-1901
Fax (831) 455-1902 Visit Website
A 51-acre ranch centrally located off the Monterey-Salinas Highway. Home to 100+ wild, exotic and domestic birds and animals. Also available for over-nighting and special events.
"Wild Things " A. R. Inc. is dedicated to providing professionally & humanely trained wild/exotic & domestic birds and animals for film, television, live productions, education and much much more. Wild Things takes great pride in offering sanctuary to many animals that can no longer participate in entertainment or would otherwise not have a home or family . We've adopted many of our animals from situations that were less than ideal for their health and well-being. We have found ways to share them with others on our tours and educational programs that we feel are fun, safe and rewarding to all - especially the animals.
We invite you to tour our website to discover all the exciting ways you can visit and learn about our animals and our facility.
Get Lost in the Fun! Guaranteed Fun for all ages! The newest entertainment craze, a mind-bending experience, awesome light & sound show. A creatively designed mirror maze. Encounter surprising corners, dead ends and continuous circles. Psychedelic setting with high tech lighting and pumping music. The maze will entice and confuse you utterly lost. But find your way out and become a Maze Master.
Break the Bank Vault in the Laser Maze Challenge. Jump, crawl, or slither your way through an obstacle course of highly sensitive lasers radiating from all angles. Break a beam, that's okay, your challenge isn't over. Complete the laser maze to get the lowest score possible on one of the four levels.
The Monterey Mirror Maze is the place to go for extra special events, birthday parties, group outings & team building. Plan your next event with us!
17 Mile Drive , Pebble Beach, CA 93953
Phone (800) 654-9300
Widely recognized as one of the most scenic drives in the world, this famous coastal landmark runs from Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach, featuring awe-inspiring vistas and legendary sites perfect for a day of exploration. Marvel at some of nature's treasures including The Lone Cypress, Spanish Bay and Stillwater Cove, as well as the world-renowned Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Cannery Row , Monterey, CA 93940
Phone (831) 649-6690
Welcome to Cannery Row in Monterey, California, the most popular vacation destination on California's Central Coast. This historic waterfront district on Monterey Bay was made famous by writer John Steinbeck, who illustrated Cannery Row life in his colorful stories. The best of Monterey hotels, attractions and recreation, authentic Monterey restaurants, convenient shopping and exciting Monterey nightlife are all found on Monterey's Cannery Row.
Ridge Road off Lighthouse Avenue
Parking at PG Adult School across the street , Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Phone (831) 648-5716
The Monarch Butterflies arrive in October to cluster together on the pines and eucalyptus trees of the Sanctuary. Come and view the butterflies.
2004 Fairgrounds Road , Monterey, CA 93940
Phone (831) 372-5863
Fax (831) 372-8248
The Monterey County Fairgrounds is a dynamic multi-use event center located in the heart of the Monterey Peninsula. We are located just minutes from major tourist attractions and within walking distance of hotels, restaurants and shops. The Monterey County Fairgrounds is home to the Annual Monterey County Fair, Jazz Festival, Reggae Festival and California Roots Music & Arts Festival, as well as many other wonderful concerts, trade shows and expos. Please visit our website www.montereycountyfair.com for our Calendar of Events to help you plan your next trip to the Monterey Peninsula.
5 Custom House Plaza , Monterey, CA 93940
Phone (831) 372-2608
Fax (831) 655-3054
The Museum of Monterey is dedicated to being a leader in models of history and social studies education and a regional leader in educational programming. School and group tours engage groups in dynamic ways and provide opportunities for life-long learning. The Museum's school and group tours increase the potential for visual and historic literacy, creativity, and critical thinking skills through real-life experiences.
5401 Grahma Hill Road , Felton, CA 95018
Phone (831) 335-4484
Fax (831) 335-3509
Steam train rides to Bear Mountain and the Santa Cruz Beach. Beach train travels along San Lorenzo River to the boardwalk of Santa Cruz.
A visit to the beautiful Monterey Peninsula just isn't complete without a rendezvous with Old Fisherman's Wharf in downtown Monterey that was built in 1845 for regular passenger and freight service. Known as the “Whale Watching Capital of the World” and a top destination of visitors from around the world, Monterey's Old Fisherman's Wharf provides a wide array of award-winning dining, shopping, live theater, special events, whale watching, bay cruises, glass bottom boats, marine life, fishing and sailing, and strolling leisurely in a gorgeous setting overlooking the Monterey Bay. Savor delicious cuisine at a myriad of fabulous restaurants featuring stunning views and award-winning Italian food, sustainable seafood, steaks including the region's famous clam chowder and calamari. Enjoy salt water taffy, homemade chocolates, caramel apples, cotton candy and many other yummy treats. View sea otters, sea lions, dolphins, whales, sea birds and other wildlife up close and personal that also share the Wharf.
Watch people who have gone out and caught their own fish on the local and chartered fishing boats return with their own “catch of the day”. Celebrate the first location in Monterey County where tender abalone was cooked and served in a restaurant. Check out the many fun shops to find the perfect memento of your visit and a variety of unique gifts, Bring your friends, family, and dogs (on leash) for a wonderful visit from morning to evening. Enjoy the exquisite views and the “best place to walk and people watch” in Monterey County! Situated near downtown Monterey, Old Fisherman's Wharf is conveniently located along the Monterey Bay Recreation Trail and has plenty of nearby parking. For more information about Old Fisherman's Wharf, go to www.montereywharf.com or call 831.373.3337
721 Neeson Road Suite 1 , Marina, CA 93933
Phone (831) 384-3483
Thank you for your interest in skydiving at the most highly recommended skydiving center. Skydive Monterey Bay is known for the “World's Highest Tandem Jumps” from 18,000ft. Jumping from 18k allows for a 90second free fall before the parachute opens, then coasting gracefully, for approximately 6-8 minutes under the canopy, before coming to a soft landing on our designated landing area, here at the airport. We also offer “California's Highest Tandem Jump” from 15,000ft. This is still higher than anyone in California – with a 70 second free fall before then parachute opens.
Having your jump video-taped and photographed is a splendid idea! We offer a DVD and Digital Still Photography Package. Each person will have their own Video Flyer assigned to them for their skydiving experience. The DVD is edited to music and the still photographs contain approximately 80-100 digital frames of which, you own all of them.
We provide the "World's Best Views", of the Spectacular Monterey Bay. Our airplane and equipment are “state-of-the-art”. Our airplane is the "World's Fastest Jump Plane" – a Super King Air getting us to 15,000ft in six minutes and 18,000ft in nine minutes. We offer the best value and our Jumpmasters and crew are the absolute best, safest and most professional in the industry.
We only need about a day or two notice to arrange this very special event, as well as walk-ins being welcome! We jump seven days a week, 365 days a year, weather permitting. Please plan about a half-day for your jump, usually beginning mid-morning. Please feel free to call us to arrange this exhilarating experience of flight, at the most beautiful drop zone in the country!
Spreckles Boulevard West at Highway 68 , Salinas, CA 93908
Phone (831) 455-2575
The Farm is an agricultural education center and local farming business just outside of Salinas, California. We offer fresh produce for sale, farm tours, special family activities and a pleasant rural destination.
PO Box 1201 , Monterey, CA 93942
Phone (831) 624-1700
WINE TROLLEY - Join us for an unforgettable journey sampling wine in the alluring beauty of Carmel Valley aboard “Hattie the Magnificent Trolley”.
We rendezvous at historic Portola Plaza-Downtown Monterey at 10:45 AM for the 11:00 AM tour and whisk you to Ventana Vineyards for tastings and a bit of wine appreciation.
We then travel over the Salinas Mountains for inspiring vistas as we descend into Carmel Valley. We'll have many opportunities for tasting the region's finest wines at the many tasting rooms in the Carmel Valley Village including: Cima Collina, Dawn's Dream, Silvestri Vineyards, Joyce Vineyards, Chesebro Wines, Parsonage Vineyards, Bernardus Vineyards, Boekenoogen Winery, Rombi Estate Wines, Chateau Sinnet, Chock Rock Vineyards, Twisted Roots, Talbott Vineyards, and Heller Estate Organic Vineyards.
Our tour guide offers an insider's perspective on the well-known producers and provides an introduction to the lesser known gems that call Carmel Valley home.
Our last stop is Mid Valley where we can visit Boete Winery or Chateau Julien ($3.00 Additional Fee at Chateau Julien).
You will then be returned to Portola Plaza with all the wonderful memories, new friends and wines you have collected.
GHOST TOURS OF OLD MONTEREY - Relive the fantastic tales of Old Monterey. Once the capitol of Mexican California, Old Monterey was the center of fiestas and balls, the glamour of dashing Spanish horsemen and the throb of guitars played by romantic suitors. It was also a town of intrigue, murder, swindles and shipwrecks.
Epic lives full of lost treasures, found romance, and amazing adventures. Visit the sites of the ghost in the garden, ancient burial grounds, hidden treasure, hauntings, hangings and frequent ghostly sightings.
This 90 minute trolley tour, led by longtime residents and local historians, will bring you into a Monterey that few alive today have seen.
525 South Winchester Boulevard , San Jose, CA 95128
Phone (408) 247-2000
Fax (408) 247-2090
“San Jose's No. 1 attraction,” the historic Winchester Mystery House is the former home of rifle heiress Sarah Winchester. Guided tours daily.
Farmers' Markets and Farm Stands
Earning the name "Salad Bowl of the World," it's no surprise that Monterey County is home to many farmers' markets of varying sizes and specialties. There's one on almost every day of the week, and two farmers' markets on several days of the week! No matter where you are - Pacific Grove , Carmel , Monterey , Marina , Salinas , Soledad or elsewhere in Monterey County - there's a farmers' market near you. See below to find the days and times of Monterey County farmers' markets, as well as links to maps of their locations.
Many of these markets have not only fresh produce, but also food booths from local chefs and restaurants serving up Monterey County's finest specialties. Live entertainment from local musicians make Tuesday's Monterey market a particular local favorite.
Greenfield Farmers' Market
9am - 1pm (June-October)
Library, El Camino Real and Palm Avenue
Greenfield, California, 93927
Salinas Certified Farmers' Market
8am - 12pm (year round)
Hartnell College, 156 Homestead Road
Marina Everyone's Harvest Certified Farmers' Market
10am - 2pm
215 Reservation Road