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Located on the coast of Central California, Monterey is a paradise for whale and dolphin lovers. Sightings of these sea mammals are so commonplace in this region that those who operate Monterey tours featuring whale and dolphin watching routinely advertise that guests who fail to see ocean wildlife are free to take another tour
at no charge. Another must see for lovers of marine life is the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Visitors are advised to allow themselves plenty of time to be mesmerized by enchanting exhibits featured here.
This community also provided the setting for John Steinbeck's "Cannery Row," and other well-known novels, and many popular Monterey excursions are based Steinbeck's life and writings. The National Steinbeck Center has long been one of the top attractions in Monterey. But Monterey, CA isn't known as the Language Capital of the World because it was the home of a famous novelist; the city is global leader in language instruction. The Defense Language Institute and the Monterey Institute of International Studies are both heavy players in worldwide language education.
Delighting jazz lovers since 1958, the Monterrey Jazz festival is one of the best events of its kind in the world. If jazz isn't your thing, though, you can always enjoy the Monterey Blues Festival, which has been going strong since 1986. The theater arts are also well-represented in Monterey. In fact, California's first theater was build there in 1947, which has earned the community the nickname of the "First City."
One of the newer Monterey activities sure to become a classic is the First City Festival that takes place in the latter part of the month of August. If you love playing golf, you are probably already aware that Monterey features a world-class golf course known as Pebble Beach. You will find no shortage of things to do in Monterey, and the friendly ambiance of the community will ensure you won't feel like just another tourist during your stay. Because Monterey isn't a large, sprawling metropolis, it's easy to find local spots where you'll feel right at home.
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There's fun for the entire family in Monterey. Here are a few family friendly experiences to do together that'll make your break memorable:
Vacationing in Monterey on a budget? The following can be experienced for nix.
Stanton Center - Chat to the friendly staff and find out about the special collections exhibited at this museum.
Cherry Center for the Arts - Satiate your passion for arts and culture here and see local talent at work.
California Sea Otter Game Refuge - Discover why animal lovers enjoy spending time here.
Dennis the Menace Park - Loosen up and add some more fun to your vacation here.
California's First Theatre - Visit this historic site and learn something about the area's cultural heritage.
Monterey Convention Center - Stop here for a while and find out the importance of this place to the local community.
St Mary's by the Sea - No matter what you believe in, this place is sure to inspire a sense of reverence in you.
San Carlos Beach - The Breakwater - Inhale the fresh, salty air and watch the waves roll in at this gorgeous coastal spot.
Fort Ord Dunes State Park - Let the natural surroundings here revitalize your mind.
Lovers Point - Work on your green thumb and admire the beautiful and diverse plants on display.
Try out a few of these indoor activities and turn a rainy day into something memorable:
Decisions, decisions — there are lots to make in Monterey, like which of these big-name sights to discover first:
Don't return home without ticking off the following superb attractions:
You'll hardly have time to pull your wallet out of your bag with so many great free attractions: