By land and sea, you'll find plenty of opportunity for things to do in the coastal town of Monterey. The city's robust history can be discovered at adobes and museums, with top attractions, activities and beaches drawing travelers from around the world.


Monterey's popular attractions include the acclaimed Monterey Bay Aquarium for an up-close look at Monterey Bay’s mascot, the spirited sea otter, Old Fisherman’s Wharf  for clam chowder and coastal souvenirs such as salt water taffy, and the historic Cannery Row shops, restaurants, tasting rooms, and live entertainment. Monterey’s Old Fisherman's Wharf is an iconic and historic landmark.



The Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail is Monterey's recreation Main Street. The 18-mile waterfront trail is used by runners, walkers, bikers and roller skaters. Bikes and 4-person, pedal-powered surreys are available to rent in Portola Plaza .

Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation TrailMonterey has a number of public parks, and a family-favorite is Dennis the Menace Playground at El Estero Park, known throughout the state for its whimsical equipment including a drinking fountain inside the mouth of a lion, a swinging rope bridge, a roller slide, a life-sized hedge maze and more.


Popular beaches in Monterey include family and dog-friendly Del Monte BeachMonterey State Beach, a favorite of kayakers, and San Carlos Beach, a popular  'jumping-off point' for scuba divers.

Monterey State Beach, Monterey

For those who want to experience the Monterey Bay first-hand, take a whale watching cruisefishing trip or sailing adventure. Get an even closer view by renting a kayak or taking a guided kayak tour from locations on Cannery Row or near Old Fisherman's Wharf.

Cannery Row kayaking

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