Old Fisherman's WharfAttractions » Parks & NatureOld Fisherman's Wharf in Monterrey, California, has its origins in the commercial shipping industry when it served as a loading dock for the Pacific Coast Steamship Company. After the wharf collapsed in 1923, it was extended by 750 feet when it was rebuilt. Today, the wharf serves primarily as a tourist attraction featuring a variety of seafood eating establishments ranging from the formal ambiance of fine dining to casual, open-air clam bars. Art galleries, gift shops, candy stores, jewelry retailers and other businesses intersperse the wharf's signature seafood eateries. The Old Fisherman's Wharf is situated at the end of Alvarodo Mall and is almost exclusively accessible by pedestrians only. Area activities include year-round daily cruises, whale watching excursions and fishing trips. Marine wildlife such as sea lions are frequently spotted among the pilings, boats and buoys in Monterrey Bay. Admittance to the wharf is free.
Cannery RowAttractions » Historic LandmarksCannery Row & Wave Streets, 93940View siteCannery Row in Monterey, California, is a tourist attraction with an eclectic mix of shops and sightseeing attractions. There are historic buildings, such as the Monterey Canning Company and Sardine Factory, which were used when Monterey Bay was a fishing town. Now, Cannery Rowï¿½s grand attraction is the Monterey Bay Aquarium, one of the worldï¿½s largest indoor aquariums. Recently, Cannery Row has added a movie theater and miniature golf course, which offers black light miniature golf. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from, with one of the more popular establishments being Bubba Gumpï¿½s Shrimp Co. There are only a few hotels located next to Cannery Row, so early booking is advised. Cannery Row has enjoyable shopping and plenty of places to purchase unique souvenirs. Visiting Cannery Row itself is free, aside from parking, but several of the attractions charge an admission fee.
Monterey Bay AquariumAttractions » Parks & Nature886 Cannery Row at David Avenue, 93940In 1984 the city of Monterey, CA opened the Monterey Bay Aquarium on the site of an old sardine cannery on the Pacific coast shoreline. The aquarium has over 100 exhibits which feature 623 different species of aquatic animals and plants numbering in the thousands. One of its most popular exhibits is the open sea gallery which allows viewers to see right into the ocean through one of the world's largest single pane windows. Some of the newer and ever increasingly popular things to see include the new puffin exhibit and the sea turtles. Monterey Bay Aquarium is also continuing to increase their multimedia experience to get in touch with younger visitors. The aquarium attracts over 1.8 million visitors annually.
17-Mile DriveAttractions » Sports & Outdoor Activities
The 17 Mile Drive in Monterey, California has been ranked among the most beautiful stretches of coastline in central California. It is nestled between Pebble Beach and the town of Monterey. Tourists can take advantage of slow moving tours as they enjoy the Pacific coast. The drive is defined by unique mansions set along high, rocky cliffs that offer breathtaking views. Golf enthusiasts will appreciate pristine courses played by some of the most noted athletes in the game. Nature lovers will enjoy the famous Seal Rock where hundreds of seals and sea lions play and relax in the surf. They will also watch elusive sea otters as they groom, socialize and care for their young. Ground squirrels are exceptionally friendly but should not be fed. There are ample picnic areas to enjoy afternoon lunches with family and friends. The 17 Mile Drive has 5 entrances and worth the $9.75 admission.
MPC Theatre CompanyAttractions » Other980 Fremont Street, 93940View site
MPC Storybook TheatreAttractions » Other980 Fremont Street, 93940View site