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Things to Do in Monterey and Carmel

: The Monterey Peninsula is a beautiful getaway destination, from the Monterey Bay Aquarium to Pebble Beach golf courses and the picturesque 17-Mile Drive. Sign up for a whale watching cruise, indulge in fine wine tasting, or watch for wildlife at Point Lobos State Reserve. Spend the day shopping and dining at Monterey's Cannery Row or Fisherman's Wharf. No matter what you love, you always find fun things to do in Monterey and Carmel near our charming seaside retreat.

17-Mile Drive

17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, California 93953
Category: Activities
Running from Pebble Beach to Pacific Grove, this gorgeous drive passes by famous golf courses, impressive mansions and breathtaking natural scenery along the California coast. > View Details

Fisherman's Wharf Monterey

1 Old Fisherman's Wharf, 1 Old Fisherman's Wharf, California 93940
Category: Attractions
Visit this popular wharf for sailing cruises, fishing trips and whale watching tours. You'll also find wonderful seafood restaurants, chowder houses and funky souvenir shops. > View Details

Cannery Row

Cannery Row #101, Monterey, California 93940
Category: Attractions
A historic waterfront with unique restaurants and shops, Cannery Row is a delightful neighborhood. Rent a kayak, enjoy live music and sip a cocktail with an ocean backdrop. > View Details

Big Sur

47000 California 1, Big Sur, California 93920
Category: Attractions
Cruise along the endlessly beautiful California coast for the most amazing scenic drive. Along the way you'll find beaches, marine reserves, restaurants, historic attractions and hiking trails. > View Details

Monterey Bay Aquarium

886 Cannery Row, Monterey, California 93940
Category: Attractions
Explore the fascinating underwater world when you visit this incredible aquarium, one of the top Monterey CA attractions for families. Discover interactive exhibits, guided tours, and animal feedings. > View Details
In the heart of Monterey County, Carmel Road Winery sits shrouded in morning fog blown away by a Pacific breeze. A relaxed vibe and cool climate greets wine lovers touring the beautiful and sustainable vineyards. Enjoy pours of stunning Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs.
A haven for artists, writers, and playwrights, Carmel-by-the-Sea is an intellectual and cultural oasis with an outdoor mystique and small-town allure. Enjoy the pristine beach and stroll through the pedestrian streets with art galleries, antique shops, boutiques, cafes, and restaurants.
The cultural heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea, the Sunset Center presents a variety of concerts, symphonies, music events, comedy acts, Broadway shows, films, dance performances and festivals. It is the Monterey Peninsula's leading arts destination.
The gorgeous Del Monte Forest offers 27 miles of equestrian trails surrounding the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center. Enjoy guided trail rides to the beach with spectacular ocean views and riding lessons for beginning and advanced levels.
The reserve takes its name from the offshore rocks at the Point of the Sea Wolves where the sounds of the sea lions carry inland. Enjoy sightseeing, photography, nature walks, picnics, scuba diving, and majestic natural beauty. With rare plants and unique geological formations, the reserve offers great scientific interest.
Carmel is a town of beautiful marine life, soft sand, a cool breeze, and breathtaking sunsets. Enjoy water activities and get your tan on at Carmel City, the beach town's most iconic beach, or explore a less populated seaside oasis at Carmel River State Beach, where you can bring your furry friend and look fortidepools and sea anemones.
Visit Mission San Carlos Borroméo del río Carmelo, the historical headquarters of the Alta California missions led by Saint Junípero Serra. Walk through beautiful stone hallways, visit the museum, and take a peek at the parish-the Carmel Mission is the quaintest spot in town.