Monterey, California Things to Do
Monterey, California Things to Do ::
Business travelers and families with kids staying at our hotel will enjoy plenty of things to do everyday. Experience the wonders of the sea at Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Shop and dine at historic Cannery Row. Catch a whale watching cruise from Fisherman’s Wharf. All that and more awaits your arrival.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
The country’s largest marine sanctuary, Monterey Bay Aquarium is home to a wide range of creatures, from sea otters to soupfin sharks to sea turtles. Exhibits include Kelp Forests, Monterey Bay Habitats, and Secret Lives of Seahorses. For more information, visit http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/.
Monterey Bay Aquarium: Two days, One price.
- Visit the Monterey Bay Aqarium for two days for the price of one. Inquire at the Front Desk
- Hours of Operation: Sunday to Monday 10-6pm.
If you’re into shopping, eating, and old buildings, you’ll have a field day at historic Cannery Row. There are more than 80 retail shops, a fine array of fine dining establishments on Restaurant Row, and several former sardine canning factories. For more information, visit www.canneryrow.com.
Fisherman’s Wharf has been a presence in Monterey since 1846. Back then, ships brought goods from around the world. Today, Fisherman's Wharf features shops, fresh seafood, and opportunities for whale watching and fishing excursions. For more information, visit http://www.montereywharf.com/.
Restaurants, museums, galleries, clubs, and everything in between can be found just one-tenth of a mile from the Hotel Abrego in downtown Monterey. And every Tuesday afternoon, you’ll find a certified farmer’s market on historic Alvarado Street. Enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables, breads, pastries, arts and crafts, flowers, clothing, and jewelry. For more information, visit http://oldmonterey.org/.
The 8,500-square-foot Monterey County Youth Museum overflows with a bundle of hands-on exhibits, such as MY Theater, MY Healthy Farm, and MY Hospital. The signature exhibit is MY ImagiTree, which is where little ones will encounter many activities and learn about animals that live in and around trees. For more information, visit http://www.mymuseum.org/.
Dennis the Menace Park
Designed by cartoonist Hank Ketcham, Dennis the Menace Park boasts lots of cool stuff kids will go crazy for. A large, old Southern Pacific railroad engine screams dares one and all not to climb inside and over it. There’s also a rock-climbing wall, a long bridge that moves from side to side, and two humongous slides.
Monterey Movie Tours
Tour some of the Monterey, CA locales that were used in such well-known films as “Play Misty For Me” (Fisherman’s Wharf), “Cannery Row” (Cannery Row), and “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” (Monterey Bay Aquarium). For more information, visit http://www.montereymovietours.com/.
Bicycle & Kayak Rental
Adventures by the Sea provides two great ways to experience the beautiful Monterey, CA area. One is by land, which involves a bicycle ride along the recreation trail, around Pacific Grove’s scenic shores, and into world-famous 17-Mile Drive. And two is by sea, where you’ll get an up-close-and-personal look at the kelp forest and busy marine life along Cannery Row from an ocean kayak.
For more information, visit http://www.adventuresbythesea.com/.
San Carlos Cathedral
San Carlos Cathedral, which was built in 1794, is California’s oldest continuously operating church. In addition, it’s the state’s first cathedral. A National Historic Landmark, San Carlos Cathedral is a testament to the founding of Carmel Mission and Monterey, the Golden State’s first capital. For more information, visit http://www.sancarloscathedral.net/.
Del Monte Shopping Center
Del Monte Shopping Center is an open-air mall and a veritable Monterey landmark. National retailers include Pottery Barn, Hollister, Banana Republic, White House/Black Market, and Victoria’s Secret. Restaurants range from California Pizza Kitchen and P.F. Chang's China Bistro to Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks to LALLA Grill. Movies are in no short supply at the 13-screen, state-of-the-art Century Theatres.
Monterey’s Path of History
Conducted by California State Park guides, Monterey’s Path of History tours highlight the city’s amazing architectural past. Historic homes include Pacific House, Custom House, Cooper-Molera Adobe, and Casa Soberanes. For more information, visit http://www.mtycounty.com/pgs-path/apath-times.html.
The Monterey Bay area is famous for offering fabulous golf on some of the most prestigious and challenging courses in the world. With 20 world-class golf courses and spectacular views of the Monterey Bay, the area offers superb golfing, on a variety of courses that appeal to golfers of every skill level. Most local courses offer scenic views of the area’s natural wonders, and tee times are generally available.
17-Mile Drive at Pebble Beach
Discover Nature’s treasures as you explore the serene majesty of Del Monte Forest. Here you’ll quickly experience the magic of a legendary scenic tour that’s home to The Lone Cypress, Seal and Bird Rocks, Fanshell Beach, Point Joe, and the colliding currents of The Restless Sea.
Along the way, you’ll encounter the emerald fairways of such famous golf courses as The Links at Spanish Bay, Spyglass Hill and the world-renowned Pebble Beach Golf Links. For a gourmet picnic lunch along 17-Mile Drive, visit Pebble Beach Market adjacent to The Lodge at Pebble Beach. ( auto entries is $ 9.75 pedestrian & bicycle are free.)