For those who haven’t yet been to Monterey, there are some landmark destinations that help make this charming Central Coast city its unique and colorful self. Focusing on the bigger, must-dos of your next vacation, we put together this list of five classic Monterey attractions.
Carved out of the Pacific Ocean, Monterey Bay is one of the most serene and beautiful bodies of water on the West Coast. In addition to offering miles of gorgeous, undisturbed beaches from Santa Cruz to Carmel-By-The-Sea, it’s also a proprietor of great seafood and boat trips. To get your own private look at it, come stay at The Sanctuary Beach Resort.
If you’re looking for the quintessential downtown hangout in Monterey, Cannery Row is the spot. Originally a major hub for sardine canning factories—none of which still operate—it’s now a colorful and aging collection seafood restaurants and boutiques in the repurposed factory spaces. Cannery Row is right on the Bay, so there are plenty of great views and breezes.
Golden State Theatre
The Golden State Theatre has been open for 91 years, and is the main venue for big name acts coming through Monterey. Outside, a sprawling yellow facade with a vintage marquee make it an attraction to even just walk past. Inside, a classic auditorium pulls out all the stops with red curtains and velvet seats. Check out the event schedule to see who will be in town when you are!
Golden State Theatre. 417 Alvarado St. Monterey, CA
Located downtown near Cannery Row, Fisherman’s Wharf is an excellent rendition of a classic seaside-town staple. Stocked with seafood restaurants, candy shops, a chocolate factory, and guides for ocean excursions, it offers a concentration of all of Monterey’s best things to do. Whether you want to sail or fish, eat seafood or cotton candy, you can do it here.
Fisherman’s Wharf. 1 Old Fisherman’s Wharf. Monterey, CA 93940
Monterey Bay Aquarium
This non-profit public aquarium is located right on Cannery Row and offers a number of excellent attractions and activities. Housed in a former sardine cannery, it is now the home of fish from around the world, and a wealth of other sea life. Head out soon and check out exhibits on the giant Pacific octopus, and local Monterey Bay habitats.
Monterey Bay Aquarium. 886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA