Things to do in Seaside, CA

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Fort Ord Dunes State Park showing a beach

Seaside Attractions

There's something quite endearing about smaller cities. Whether you're on your way to Seaside for a weekend or you're planning on staying for longer, it won't take you long to fall in love with this destination. In fact, with so many fantastic things to do and impressive sights to see, you mightn't want to leave!

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1. Fort Ord Dunes State Park

Fort Ord Dunes State Park is a serene and secluded region with coastal trails for cyclists and walkers. It incorporates a 4-mile (6-kilometer) stretch of picturesque sand dunes in front of Monterey Bay. Enjoy the quiet in this open space that is separated from the noise and bustle of city life by the barrier of dunes.
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Stroll along a meandering trail to encounter sand dunes and a former military site beneath an array of impressive cliffs.

2. Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Monterey Bay Aquarium showcases more than 35,000 animals and plants across 550 species. You’ll discover all kinds of local wildlife here, including fish of all sizes, invertebrates, mammals and plants.
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Perched on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, you’ll find a spectacular window into life both above and below the waves.

3. Carmel Beach

Carmel Beach is a long stretch of soft, white sand in Carmel, a picture-perfect town just 15 minutes’ drive south from Monterey. Steady swells make this a popular destination with surfers, swimmers and kayakers. Rent a kayak and paddle out across the kelp beds. Bring a wetsuit, as the water is often cold except in the heat of summer.
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Spot birds or catch waves, then spread out a picnic by a campfire and enjoy the views at this picturesque beach.

4. Cannery Row

Discover the leisure attractions along the historic street of Cannery Row. Once a thriving and rather smelly sardine-canning district, today this strip of coast offers fun for the whole family. Peruse the specialty shops and art galleries, dine in seafood restaurants, take the kids to Monterey Bay Aquarium and enjoy watersports in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
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Luxury, leisure and nature come together at this historic sardine-canning district, which is one of Monterey’s most acclaimed recreational areas.

5. Pebble Beach Golf Links

Hit the links in Del Monte Forest at Pebble Beach Golf Links, a popular golf course. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in this family-friendly area.
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Hit the links in Del Monte Forest at Pebble Beach Golf Links, a popular golf course. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in this family-friendly area.

6. Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman’s Wharf is a popular waterfront area that played a major role in the development of Monterey. After serving as a busy port toward the end of the 19th century, it is today a diverse district that draws crowds with its seafood restaurants, lively bars and souvenir shops. Admire the excellent views of the ocean in this old-world harbor.
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Take a whale tour, admire the ocean views from seafood restaurants and browse the souvenirs for sale in this thriving marina.

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Free Things to Do in Seaside

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

California State University Monterey Bay - Swing by this modern landmark and be wowed by its distinctive design.

Fort Ord Dunes State Park - Get ready for views that'll amaze you at this natural marvel.

Fort Ord Dunes State Park - Work on your green thumb and appreciate the diverse range of plants on show.


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