Things To Do
Explore Unending Fun Things to Do & Popular Attractions in Downtown Monterey
There are so many fun things to do in Monterey, more always fall less on your vacation timetable! Families can enjoy the iconic Monterey Bay Aquarium, the children's museum, area beaches, and local bike trails around Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove. History buffs can experience the Carmel Mission, California's first customhouse or a visit to the historic Cannery Row. Wine lovers will appreciate the area's vast selection of wineries. Take part in innumerous concerts and colorful festivals happening around the year in the downtown area. No matter what your interest, you'll find it all right here in Monterey, California.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
The famous Monterey Aquarium offers visitors a unique opportunity to view spectacular marine life including seahorses, albacore tuna, octopus, sunfish, great white sharks, marine birds, jellyfish, live otters, and more. Kids can learn by touching at hands-on kids' activities and families can enjoy lunch or dinner at the cafeteria or restaurant.
Distance from hotel: 9.85 miles
Monterey Whale Watching
No visit to Monterey is complete without a whale watching tour on the Monterey Bay. Whale watching tours are available all year long and offers visitors the chance to view gray whales, humpbacks, orcas, dolphins, turtles, and marine birds. Tours usually last two to three hours, depending on the season.
Distance from hotel: 1.25 miles
Old Fisherman's Wharf
Treat yourself to a delicious bowl of steaming hot clam chowder, enjoy people watching, hop a whale watching tour boat, or shop for souvenirs at one of Monterey's most popular attractions. Visitors will find plenty of restaurants, seafood purveyors, eclectic shops, and boat charters at Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey.
Distance from hotel: 1.24 miles
Cannery Row is a popular waterfront street in Monterey that is home to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, My Museum, and other family friendly attractions. Once the industrial core of Monterey's thriving sardine-packing industry, today Cannery Row offers visitors plenty of amusements, from fun attractions, to shopping, dining, and historical landmarks, all overlooking the spectacular Monterey Bay.
Distance from hotel: 18.18 miles
Pebble Beach - 17 Mile Drive
Follow 17-Mile Drive’s red-dotted line to arrive at an enchanting world full of dramatic coastal cliffs, snow-white beaches, mystical forests and iconic golf courses. Discover one of the most scenic drives in the world as you meet the inspiring Lone Cypress.
Point Lobos State Reserve
Often called the "Crown Jewel of the State Park System," Point Lobos State Reserve offers unmatched beauty, rare plants, unique rock formations, and plenty of opportunities for hiking, nature study, picnicking, and diving. Visitors will also enjoy hearing the calls of local sea lions or joining a guided nature walk. Open daily, 8am to half an hour after sunset.
Summers in California can’t get bigger than the Big Sur. View the majestic CA coastline from atop Bixby Bridge. A complete natural retreat, visit Big Sur for its year-round season of wild flowers, California Condors, sea otters, and rafting along kelp beds. Find restaurants, art galleries & niche gift shops matching the scene.
Carmel Mission Basilica
Established in 1770 by Spanish missionary, Father Junipero Serra, the Carmel Mission offers visitors an up-close look at important religious artifacts, relics and antique Spanish and Native American tools and equipment. The mission is surrounded by lush gardens and features a unique sanctuary.
Distance from hotel: 5.14 miles
Monterey Laguna Seca Raceway
Racing fans can experience the thrill and excitement of fast paced motorcycle and auto races, at the Honda Grand Prix and other racing events throughout the year at this world-class raceway. Laguna Seca is conveniently located on Highway 68, between the cities of Monterey and Salinas.
Monterey Wine Country
From the sun-kissed Carmel Valley to the cool Pacific coast, Monterey County is home to several different wineries producing a large variety of fine wines varietals. Visitors can find wine tasting information, wine country maps, winery listings, and wine-related event information by contacting the Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association.
National Steinbeck Center
The National Steinbeck Center is in historic old town Salinas and offers visitors a look at the life of author John Steinbeck through informative interactive exhibits highlighting Steinbeck's life in the Salinas Valley with a focus on the author's celebrated literary works. Open daily, 10am – 5pm, except holidays.
Distance from hotel: 17.90 miles
Pacific Grove Monarch Sanctuary
Pacific Grove is a protected winter home for thousands of Monarch butterflies. Each year, the butterflies migrate south from Canada, flying 2,000 miles to reach the sheltered pines, eucalyptus trees and mild winter climate of the California coast.