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Things to do in Monterey

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Monterey. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Monterey attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Monterey to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Monterey.

  • Adventures by the Sea

    Take a kayak tour ($50) of the bay from Cannery Row. More
  • Cannery Row

    The old canneries made famous by John Steinbeck are now filled with shops, restaurants, and galleries. More
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium

    Start, of course, with the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Its Splash Zone, an interactive exhibit for kids, recently doubled in size—now you can walk “thro... More

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