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Carmel Attractions

There are opportunities for fun everywhere you look in Carmel. From thrilling activities to popular tourist attractions, this captivating city has something for all. Ready to begin organizing your travel itinerary?

Learn what makes Carmel tick with the most popular tours & day trips. Look into our 39 fun activities in Carmel, and book with confidence knowing that we offer free cancellation and no added fees.

Free Things to Do in Carmel

Some say the best things in life are free. Check out the following around Carmel:

Cherry Center for the Arts - This is an essential stop for culture vultures who want to add an artistic touch to their getaway.

Tor House - Stroll around this historic place and uncover a few secrets from yesteryear.

The Carmel Business Association - Make room in your itinerary to look at this place of local significance.

Carmel Mission Basilica - Get in touch with your spiritual side or just take in the tranquil atmosphere at this sacred site.

Carmel Beach - Keep your eyes open for pretty shells and other treasures strewn along the foreshore here.

Palo Corona Regional Park - Grab your picnic blanket, throw together a quick snack and find a cozy area to be with nature.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Carmel

Golden Rectangle

If you're spending some time in Golden Rectangle, Carmel Beach and Sunset Center are top sights worth seeing.

Northwest Carmel

While visiting Northwest Carmel, you might make a stop by sights like Carmel Beach and 17-Mile Drive.

Northeast Carmel

Though Northeast Carmel might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Carmel Beach and Carmel Mission Basilica.

Carmel Point

If you're spending some time in Carmel Point, Carmel Beach and Carmel Mission Basilica are top sights worth seeing.

Southeast Carmel

While Southeast Carmel isn't home to many top sights, Carmel Beach and Carmel Mission Basilica are some notable places to visit nearby.

Quail Lodge

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Quail Lodge and surrounding area, you can visit Carmel Beach and Carmel Mission Basilica.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Carmel on a sunny day?

When the weather is fine, these outdoor activities really shine:

What to do in Carmel on a rainy day?

If it's bucketing down outside and you're searching for something to do, hang up your umbrella and sign up for a Selfieville - Experiential Museum with 3-D Light Show.

What should I not miss in Carmel?

Bring your thirst for adventure and make a beeline for these major attractions:

  • Carmel Beach
  • Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
  • Bixby Bridge

Are there cheap things to do in Carmel?

If you're vacationing on a tight budget, consider adding the following cheap experiences to your to-do list:

What can you do in Carmel for free?

Your vacation in Carmel needn't blow the budget with free things like these on offer:

  • Carmel Beach
  • Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
  • Carmel Mission Basilica
  • Carmel River State Beach