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Explore Monterey, CA Attractions - From Historic Sites to Waterfront Dining

Discover a captivating vacation destination that blends history and natural beauty on the Northern California coast. Explore historic sites, beautiful beaches and coastal parks, and playful outdoor adventures. Enjoy waterfront shopping and dining at Fisherman's Wharf and Cannery Row. Encounter marine life at the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Surround yourself with dramatic natural beauty at Point Lobos State Reserve and 17-Mile Drive. Tour an early California mission, set sail on a whale watching expedition, and find exciting Monterey, CA attractions up and down the scenic coastline.
 
Monterey State Historic Park at California
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Monterey State Historic Park

California history lives here. Sign up for a guided walking tour of this heritage neighborhood and National Historic Landmark, home to numerous restored buildings from the early days of Monterey.
Old Fisherman's Wharf at California
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Old Fisherman's Wharf

Enjoy a relaxing waterfront setting for souvenir shopping and outdoor dining with a backdrop of coastal scenery. It's also the place to embark on a sailing cruise, fishing trip, or whale watching tour.
Cannery Row at California
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Cannery Row

Head to this lively waterfront area to find quirky shops, popular restaurants, and breezy cocktail bars. Rent a kayak and cruise the Monterey coastline, or visit the world-famous aquarium.
Monterey Bay Aquarium at California
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Monterey Bay Aquarium

Featuring numerous themed areas with interactive exhibits, animal feedings, and behind-the-scenes tours, this celebrated attraction is one of the top things to do in Monterey, CA for kids and adults.
Whale Watching at California
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Whale Watching

Book an ocean excursion to get up close and personal with humpback whales, orcas, gray whales, and blue whales - plus other wildlife like sea birds, sea lions, seals, and otters.
Dennis The Menace Park at California
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Dennis The Menace Park

Kids adore this celebrated playground for its crazy slides, zip line, climbing wall, maze with lookout tower, and fun thing to play on - including a steam engine train.
17-Mile Drive at California
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17-Mile Drive

Take a leisurely drive along the coast from Pebble Beach to Pacific Grove past famous golf courses, lovely beaches, picturesque cliffs, big mansions, and incredible scenery.
Carmel Mission at California
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Carmel Mission

Home to five different museums and an active congregation, this early California mission was built in 1771 and offers a glimpse into the history and heritage of the region.
Point Lobos State Reserve at California
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Point Lobos State Reserve

Wild nature abounds at this conservation area, which features easygoing hiking trails, an abundance of wildlife, and some of California's best snorkeling and scuba diving.
 
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