What to do in Monterey, CA

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Monterey Attractions

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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Stanton Center - Approach the staff and learn more about the interesting collections housed at this museum.

Cherry Center for the Arts - This is the place to get your culture fix and learn all about the vibrant local arts scene.

California Sea Otter Game Refuge - Budding photographers, bring your camera — you're bound to capture some wonderful animal shots here.

Dennis the Menace Park - Fun, fun and more fun awaits at this fantastic place.

California's First Theatre - Stop by this historic attraction and experience a part of the cultural heritage of the area.

Monterey Convention Center - If you'd love to explore a few of the more important or unique places in the community, this place is worth a visit.

St Mary's by the Sea - Gain a deeper understanding of the local religion at this sacred site.

San Carlos Beach - The Breakwater - Devour an amazing novel or listen to some music while you're soaking up those rays.

Fort Ord Dunes State Park - You'll be treated to vistas that'll leave you amazed at this natural marvel.

Lovers Point - If you love pottering around the garden, this attraction will captivate your inner green thumb.

Things to Do in Monterey with Kids

There's fun for all the family no matter where you wander in Monterey. Here are some family friendly experiences to enjoy together that are bound to make your escape unforgettable:


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